Thursday, January 21, 2016


One project I started but never finished last year was making over a standard school composition book. I got as far as buying the materials before work dragged me away. It's actually good that I stayed too busy to go back to it, as my initial idea was pretty complicated. While doing some pre-spring cleaning in the office this week I found these two extras:

The composition book, also known as a copy book, study book, student book and a lot of other regional terms, is one of the few things I loved about school. I always had one with me, and they often kept me out of trouble. After using the first couple of pages for schoolwork I would devote the rest of the pages to journaling, short stories and even some sketches. I wouldn't have wasted the first pages except they made excellent camouflage for when the teacher would walk by my desk (which is how they kept me out of trouble.) I still get a warm, fuzzy feeling every time I see one. I think my mom used to buy them for five or ten cents each.

Composition books remain pretty cheap; I always see them at dollar stores, and the two I have here I got on sale at Target last January for fifty cents each. Let's see what I can do with them this week to make them less schoolgirlish and more fun.

1 comment:

  1. I love composition books! They remind me of a philosophy teacher I had in high school. We were required to respond to a prompt every day at the beginning of class and that prompt had to be written down in our required composition books. There were dated and eventually became a mini diary filled with thoughts and notions about the world and the future. At the time, I thought it was silly, but I still have that composition book to this day. There's just something about composition notebooks that makes you feel like a kid again. Good luck with your project!


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