Check out the clearance bin at your office supply store.

A few years back I found some 3″ x 5-1/2″ journals in the clearance bin of an Office Depot.  I think near my home…but it could have been in Jacksonville, Florida; Baltimore, Maryland; Rancho Cucamonga, California; or some other place where we had to stop to get work related papers copied or replenish supplies.

These little notebooks have covered fronts and backs which are constructed from some heavy duty chipboard.  The binding is like the Bind-It-All but not exactly.  The holes are too close together.

Small notebook

I nearly passed up on these after taking a good look at the image.  There must be a “Super Shopper” that I am unaware of.  This masked woman might have super powers.  Or not, since many of these were in the clearance bin.

Super Shopper?

For 50 cents I can overlook the odd image on the front.

Bargain at 50 cents

The inside has lined paper to write notes or use as a Password Journal.

Lined pages for notes

I was in need of a Thank You gift for one of the people we do business with.  I had to make a rather large request for past documents.  Information dating back to June on through October of this year.  For some reason I have difficulty receiving these documents when they are mailed out to us.  I get some but not all, thus the request for old information.

Since the binding of these notebooks is not similar to my Bind-It-All I could not take the book apart without damaging the binding doo dads.  My option was to cover over the image.  Squares of orange, brown, pink, and beige all over the front of one notebook.

Altered notebook

All items used to cover over the notebook front are from my paper scrap stash, seldom used ribbon stash, and newly found stamps from my rubber stamp stash.

Are you in need of a gift and find yourself short on time or money?  Maybe you just don’t know what to give someone.  Nearly everyone could use a small notebook that has been personalized by you.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JasmineKyleSings
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 14:59:58

    Great transformation!


  2. Nancy
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 18:18:13

    That’s a fantastic gift idea, Leslie! Your cover turned out great! It is a strange cover image but for that price who can pass it up?
    I seriously thought that your “Rancho Cucamonga” was right in line with “doo dad” but I googled it and found out it’s a real place! lol Who knew? Well, you did obviously! 🙂
    I love it when you use your technical terminology…it makes me smile!
    Hope you’re having a wonderful time preparing for Christmas!
    Love & Prayers,
    Nancy 🙂


    • Message In A Fold
      Dec 20, 2012 @ 06:55:04

      Thank you, Nancy. Indeed, Rancho Cucamonga is a head scratcher 😀 We are supposed to have a “White Christmas” this year. We haven’t had one of those in forever. You, on the other hand, would find green grass and no snow for Christmas an abomination 😀 living up there in Canada where you do. Merry Christmas my dear friend. Can you believe it is mere days away?!

      Love you – Leslie


  3. gardenpinks
    Dec 19, 2012 @ 18:58:34

    I love what you did with the cover Leslie and coincidentally I have several small notebooks on my desk waiting to be covered! They aren’t as big as the ones you purchased but just the right size to slip into a handbag (purse)!
    Love and hugs
    Lynn xxx


  4. Tracy :)
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 12:50:31

    This is a great way to cover up some, not so nice looking covers 😉
    So sweet of you to make these for them 🙂


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