Project: Personalized Project Book | OLFA - Craft OLFA – Craft

Project: Personalized Project Book

Take an ordinary composition notebook and turn it into a book that will keep you organized and inspired. It’s easy to embellish with scrap booking supplies and OLFA decorative blades. Consider making these for yourself, or friends or family members who enjoy journaling or a personalized book for note-taking.


  • Supplies listed below were used to make the book pictured. Feel free to use your own supplies to personalize it to your own unique style.
  • Be sure the decorative rotary blade is installed correctly on your Deluxe Rotary Cutter. View this video for proper installation.




Precision Art Knife (AK-4)
12″ x 18″ Self-Healing Rotary Mat (RM-CG)
45mm Deluxe Rotary Cutter (RTY-2/DX)
45mm Scallop / Peak Blade (SCB45-1)
6″ x 12″ Non-Slip, Frosted Advantage™ Acrylic Ruler (QR-6×12)


Mead 7-1/2” x 9-3/4” composition book
Double-sided scrap book paper
Chip board letters
Ribbon or fibers
Chalking ink
Glue stick
Glue pop dots
File tab punch
Corner rounding punch


  1. For the front and back covers, cut 2 pieces of scrap book paper 7” x 9-3/4”.
  2. Use the OLFA Scallop/Peak blade (or other OLFA decorative rotary blade) to cut ¼” off one 7” side.
  3. Round the corners to match up with the notebook.
  4. Cover the back of the paper with glue and attach to the covers of the notebook. Place the decorative edge toward the spine, matching up the corners.
  5. For the inside covers, follow the directions above, cutting the paper 7-1/2” x 9-3/4” and trimming to 7-1/4” with a decorative blade.
  6. Use the chalking ink to distress the edges of the book cover.
  7. Cut a strip of paper 1-3/4” x 9-3/4” using a decorative rotary blade. Chalk the edges.
  8. Glue the strip down the center of the book.
  9. Cover chip board letters of your choice with paper. 
  10. Working from the back, use the OLFA art knife to cut away excess paper. Chalk the edges.
  11. Tie a ribbon around a letter.
  12. Place a glue pop dot on the back of each letter and place on the trip.
  13. Cut file tabs from scraps with the punch. Chalk the edges.
  14. Attach the tabs to notebook pages for your subject areas. Write the subjects on the tabs.



  • If you would like a divider for each section, cover the notebook paper on both sides and then glue your tab to the divider instead of the notebook page.
  • Make pockets from scraps for the inside of the book, cutting with a decorative rotary blade.