Have you priced out a custom notepad lately?? Let me save you the trouble…it ain’t cheap! I wanted to make custom notepads for my family and I wanted them to all be different. That was going to cost some big bucks and the turn around time was long. Forget that. I can usually figure out how to do something with a little research and grit. These easy peasy DIY Notepads are a cinch to make!
I am a SUCKER for paper products!!! The cuter the better too!!
An adorable notebook can stop me in my tracks. Not kidding! I love how Target is always changing up their specialty stationary during the year. So I keep checking back for adorable binders, notepads, pens, etc. This is what floats my boat. Love Love Love.
So why not combine my two loves…creating and paper! If you have a color printer and a few supplies around the house you are good to go.
Supplies Needed To Make Your Own Notepad
Paper (Check out my printable below)
- Cardboard – I used the back of a legal pad that was used up. You can use any kind of cardboard you would like, but I bet if you look. you have lots of those notepads or notebooks around the house.
- Adhesive – there are multiple options. I have used white Elmer’s Glue, Elmer’s Cement Paste (don’t try it, it wasn’t the best option) and Padding Compound. Padding Compound has been my favorite so far. You can find it on Amazon or online. If you are in a pinch, just try white Elmer’s Glue.
- You need a printable or paper. Once you decide what paper you want to use, print multiple copies. I chose to start with 40. I want to give this as a gift and want the user to have a decent size stack.
- Make sure your stack of papers is even and squared up. Tap the edge of the stack on a desk or hard surface to get the papers all lined up.
- Lay on top of cardboard and line up with the edge. Top your printable notepad paper with 2 sheets of white printer paper or notebook paper. This will keep the top of the notepad clean. If you paint on the blank white page, no big deal.
- Attach clips to hold stack securely in place.
- Using the Padding Compound sparingly – it goes a long way- gently brush the edge of the notepad. Start between the binder clips and let that dry a few minutes. Move the clips over a bit and paint the adhesive where the clips once were. Set aside to dry keeping the clips in place. Once you do this several times you will end up with multiple coats of the compound. I suggest painting on at least 3 heavy coats. If you have enough clips to go across the top, add them now. Let the notepad dry over night.
- Once the adhesive is cured you can gently rip off the top white pages.
- Time to trim the cardboard. Take a pen, draw a line at the end of the pad of paper. Gently lift the pad of paper out of the way and cut the cardboard on line you drew.
- Admire your handiwork!! How cool is that!