Custom Tear Off Notepad

posted on Jan 18, 2011

I don’t know about you all, but two big things on my mind lately are getting (and staying) organized, and Valentines Day gifties. Not only am I an avid list-maker, but I love the idea of custom notecards, so this project was a no-brainer. Once you learn how to make these you’ll be making them for everyone you know. In a single afternoon I made myself a six months supply!

Let’s get started.

Materials:

* Cardstock- 5-10 sheets per notepad

* Chipboard- about 8 1/2″ x 11″ (a cereal box does the trick nicely)

* White glue

* Food coloring (optional)

* Binder clips

* Miscellaneous customizing goodies

Step 1. Use a box cutter or Exacto to cut your paper into 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ sheets.  Do the same for your chipboard.

Step 2.  Customize!  Get creative and adorn each sheet individually.  I stitched up the sides of one notepad, stamped my name on another, and cut the bottom of the third notepad with scalloped scissors.  Fun!  Let any ink dry before moving on to step 3.

Step 3. Place your chipboard at the back of the notepad and turn the whole stack on its head.  Tap it on the table to align all pages and binder clip the whole thing together.

Step 4.  Glue!  Mix a quarter-sized dollop of white glue with a single drop of food coloring to get a fabulous color, or play with the food coloring to get more fancy.  The color might come out much darker than it seems if the glue dries clear.  Mix well.  Use your finger or a paint brush to add a thin layer of glue to the top of the notepad.  Make sure you don’t leave any big holes, but don’t use too much glue or it will bleed onto the top of the paper.

Step 5.  Scrape off any excess glue that might have gotten on the paper or chipboard.  Use 2 chipboard scraps (one for the front, one for the back) and attach 2 more binder clips to the top of the notepad.  Make sure you aren’t glueing the chipboard scraps to the notepad.

Step 6. Let dry.  If you did get glue on the top page, no worries.  You can just tear it off, but make sure the glue is dry first.  Now you can use your notepads for grocery lists or love notes- or both!

7 Responses to “Custom Tear Off Notepad”

  1. Katie says:

    Plain awesome! :) Love!

  2. Ophelia K. says:

    omg food coloring glue… and I thought it was just for cupcakes!!!!! love the crafty ideas, thanks for sharing!!!!

    – ophelia k.

  3. Insung says:

    This is fantastic! Simple and practical yet so pretty!

  4. ~amy~ says:

    How fab is this?! LOVE it.

  5. Rachael says:

    Hi,

    I was just wondering what brand of glue you use e.g. modge podge? Also, where can I buy chipboard from?

    Thanks :)

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  7. Mary says:

    What a great idea. Wish I had heard about this idea years ago.

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