Making Mini-Notebooks

Have you seen the idea on Pinterest to go to a home improvement store to cut your composition notebooks in half, thereby making two mini-notebooks?

I love Home Depot and the like,  but I just couldn't imagine those huge saws cutting though my 50 cent composition notebooks and making them look nice.

Then, Monica at The Schroeder Page wrote about her trip to an office supply store and their print department and I knew that was the solution to my problem!
From 15 of these big guys...
To 30 of these little guys!
I am so so so excited!

At my local Office Max, it was around $1 a cut, and they said thy could cut 500 pages in one cut- so it would only be a little over $3.

Then, the lady was kind enough to cut them one by one to make sure they were all even (she knows me too well!).Yaaay!!!

I plan on using these for my Math Message at the beginning of math class, so these will be PERFECT! Plus, it costs around $10 for 30 mini-notebooks!

Hello little lovelies! Math is color-coded yellow- I'll have to tell you all about my color-coding system soon :)
Can you think of any other uses for these? Now that I have one set, I want more! :)

I hope you are all enjoying the last few weeks of summer!


  1. What a great idea for using the mini-notebooks! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Lowes tried to cut them for me and they were a mess! I think I'll try Office Max!

  3. This might be a silly question...but did you have to purchase the notebooks at Office Max? I love your idea of using them for math message!

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    1. I was worried about that, too! I asked them about cutting them before I brought in my two Target bags and had them do them all- they didn't mind or even question it :) Yay!!


  4. What an excellent idea! Too bad I've already made my purchases (I grabbed spiral notebooks for 17 cents each). Anyway, I'll keep this idea tucked away for next year.
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  5. I have always hand cut my spirals!
    I use half size notebooks for guided reading. In fact last year I bought the teenie ones from the Dollar Tree to use! I love anything mini

  6. Hi Stephanie!! I love the mini-notebooks, such a great idea! Congrats on the .com :)

  7. Stephanie,

    Thanks so much for linking to my post:) I am super happy that Office Max could help you too! I am so excited to get my going for next school year. A Math Message is a perfect use for those cute guys!
    The Schroeder Page

  8. Hi Stephanie,

    I love this idea! I couldn't help but notice you said your notebooks were 50 cents. Where did you get such cheap notebooks? I've looked all over.

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  10. I'm heading to get mine cut to use for Daily Grams for Grammar!