The other day while on a rather long drive, Halley was unusually quiet and asking me how to spell random words and how to write certain letters.  We were in my husband's car and I mistakenly assumed that she was writing on her Aquadoodle.  Unfortunately she had fished his mileage ledger from the seat back and wrote on pretty much every page.  Mind you, at the end of each month the log has to be filled out meticulously and then copied in order to turn in and get approved.  Oops.
So part of me was so proud of her desire to write and draw in the car, but the other part was freaking out about how this would affect this and the next dozen month's mileage.  I decided to pick up a handful of composition books and make a girly princess cover for them.  That way she can still draw away without causing trauma to important papers.
I just sewed a simple cover from a 12 x 24 piece of fabric.  I thought about making a tutorial, but you can find the basics of this construction right here.
This is apparently a drawing of Lucy.  I think it is funny how much hair she gave her, considering how close to bald she really is.    
I am going to make one up for a lucky winner who leaves me a comment on this post.  Just let me know if it is for a girl, a boy or for yourself (grown-ups can doodle too!).  I will pick something fun from my fabric stash and pass on the composition book love.  I will draw a winner on Tuesday morning.  Comment away! 


36 Comments

  1. For my 3 yr old (almost 4!) girl. Thanks! How cute! :)

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  2. Those are fun to make aren't they?? I would LOVE one....for me. sorry, lily!

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  3. So now that Huntler is in school and randomly spelling things and eager to learn EVERYTHING, this would be perfect for him!!

    What a fun idea!! And hope your husband's book wasn't too damaged!! :)

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  4. howdy! I have been reading your blog for a couple of months now! everyday I come to see what you have made today!! I love your blog!!
    I think these journal covers are super cute idea, I'd love for you to put my name in the drawing for my almost big 7 year old daughter!
    thanks in advance!
    Tina

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  5. I would LOVE one for my boys...they would have to share of course! Their favorite thing to do is draw while sitting on the potty! LOL Super cute idea...if I had a creative bone in my body, I would make some..but I don't..so I'll just hope I win!! :)

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  6. What a nice idea! I bought a notebook for my 2 and 1/2 year old granddaughter to use rather than lots of paper. She would feel really special if she had one with a cute cover!

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  7. Omgosh! What a great idea!!! Hopefully your hubby's book wasnt ruined too badly!!! My 5 yo daughter would love love love this!!! =]

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  8. What a great idea (as usual)!! My 2.5 year old daughter is all about drawing these days. She would love this.

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  9. My son would love one of these-he's really into drawing!! Thanks so much!

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  10. Ooo you are so clever! My 4 year old daughter (who btw is starting school for the first time Monday) would absolutely love this. Kendall and her sister Rylee have they doodle notebooks in the backs of the seats for long trips. Kendall is super excited about going to school and I think she would be tickled to have a purty notebook!!

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  11. Yay! For my little girl who will one day love it of I win!

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  12. was in the wrong email when I posted

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  13. Oooh! How cute! I would say if I won it would have to be for Allikaye! I did have to think about that though...I almost said for me...
    Fun little giveaway!

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  14. Those are so cute. I'm going to have to figure out how to make them!

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  15. oh how sweet!! we would LOVE one! and we have a boy, a girl and....me! any cover would be PERFECT! thanks so much :)

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  16. I don't have kiddos yet, but I am storing up all of your crafty mommy ideas. I know someday I will be able to put them to use! If I won, I'd love it for myself. Keep those fun crafts coming!

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  17. For my almost 5 girl, Logan sol.

    Love the idea, Julie!

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  18. I love it so, I'll have to make one for me!; lol...

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  19. I love the idea, Julie!

    That would be perfect for Lex!

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  20. That is fabulous! My daughter would love one!

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  21. I'm happy to say that I'm a proud owner of one. I'd love one for little one though, he's a boy.

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  22. I'm a silent reader. But, I'm here most everyday to see your new creations and hear what you have to say....

    ...I'd love one for myself. Very cute idea :)

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  23. i've been making a bunch of these lately! thanks so much for your help awhile ago on the little email tutorial. it was much easier than i thought it would be. you're so sweet to be so helpful!

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  24. What an awesome idea! I would love one for our son, who is 5 years old, if I won. He loves to draw and write too. He has scribbled on our van doors before, on the inside while I was driving, but he has a few fun drawing/journal books that keep him quite busy while on road trips now. So he hasn't scribbled on anything he’s not suppose to in quite awhile and that makes us happy! :)

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  25. Julie- I adore the one you made for me! I would love to have one made for my 5 year old, Katie. She is my budding artist.:-) Lori

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  26. Good idea! I have all boys, so no pink here. lol

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  27. I would love to win one for my daughter, she is 7 and the dog just chewed up her High School Musical notebook... she was very sad but it was a great lesson not to leave your notebook on the bench in the backyard!

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  28. These are a fabulous idea....we have notebooks for work/home all over our house and my 6 yr old daughter always picks one up and adds a little info....it's fun because now she can write and it usually will say LOVE MOM or LOVE DADDY but it would be nice for her to have her own folder...huh? :)

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  29. I just found your blog via Polka Dot Mom blog. I look forward to reading more. What a great blog. My little girl would love a cover like that to call her own. Then maybe she will stay out of my notebooks. I don't think I have a single notebook in it without writing!

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  30. so cute! i would love to win one for my 4 year old daughter!!!

    (will you have more things on etsy anytime soon do you think??? i love the signs you make!)

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  31. this is a super cute idea! i just discovered your blog and love it. it think it's so creative how you make something every day!! i have a little girl, mia mae, who would love to "doodle" in the car!! i'll be visiting you often :)

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  32. Oh, my boy would love one of these!!!!! How cute--great idea!!
    -Tabitha
    Roots & Wings

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  33. Hi Julie,

    I have been lurking for a while...I hope you don't mind! You are so inspirational to me! And not just in the crafty department! Everyday I look forward to reading what you and your sweet little family have been up to. I have a 1 year old little girl, and I am sure when she is about to start writing on everything (she already loves writing on the furniture when she gets ahold of pens) this would be just perfect for her! Thank you for your wonderful blog! :)

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  34. When they had these compostion books on sale I bought a tom of 'em! 'Cause if I ever get around to it, I'm making covers, too!

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  35. Am I too late? I would love one for a 5 year old boy!

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  36. Those are too cute! You are quite crafty, momma! I think you are probably done with your drawing, so I will make one for my 5 year old son. Thanks for the great idea!

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