Frugal Scrapbook Fun


My 7-year-old has been on summer vacation for nearly two weeks and I only got around to sorting through her bulging backpack yesterday. She brought the bag home on the last day of school crammed with the contents of her desk and nine month’s worth of junk.

Given my frugal nature, I refused to dump all of her school supplies in the trash. Rather, I painstakingly sorted through the pile of used items to see which ones I could salvage for the upcoming school year. Obviously, I couldn’t save it all, but there were many materials that could either be reused or recycled; among them, my daughter’s composition tablets.

Whereas I can’t send the used ones back to school with her in the fall, I was able to breathe new life into most of them by ripping out the pages that were filled with math facts and journal entries. Then, with a little patience and a few scrapbook elements I transformed the old composition tablets into kid-friendly memory albums.

Here’s how:


Gently used composition tablets

Plain or patterned scrapbook paper




Various scrapbooking embellishments

Clear contact paper


Measure the cover of the tablet.

Cut the scrapbook paper to the dimensions you recorded.

Apply glue to the cover of the tablet and gently press the scrapbook paper on it being sure to smooth out any air bubbles that might surface.

Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.

Cut another sheet of scrapbook paper and glue it over the tablet’s spine.

Allow glue to dry thoroughly.

Trim off any excess paper.

Design a title for your scrapbook using stickers, rub-off letters or rubber stamps. You could frame the title with coordinating papers if you want to make it pop. You could also embellish the cover with die cuts or clip art. If you have extra pictures, you could make a photo collage on the cover by trimming prints in whimsical shapes and layering them to create an eye-catching design.

When you’re done decorating, cover the book in clear contact paper for added protection.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.