Note Pads

Note Pads

I made a quick easy cute inexpensive 99% successful set of notepads this week.

I like making crafts but I also don’t like having to buy expensive supplies because as I have already mentioned, I pretty much make anything once and don’t make it again.  I don’t like to have a bunch of leftover materials.  I saw this as a tutorial from the talented Sea Lemon on the internet and it fit my craft criteria so I was in.  I changed mine ever so slightly from her tutorial to make it cheaper and easier for me based upon the supplies I had.

 

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Now, I don’t necessarily need to be reminded to pick up my child after a weekend away at his Thespian conference but I couldn’t think of anything else to write! Soon, I’m sure, I will be writing many a note for shopping lists or other reminders.  Consider this a demo.

 

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Step 1  Cut 8 1/2 X 11  paper into fourths. I used a rotary cutter.

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Step 2:  While you are cutting, open the box carefully and remove the edges of the box.

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Step 3:  Get some glue ready.  Most any kind will do.  This is not a tear away pad type book.  This is an open and use and keep the pages in there kind of book.

 

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Step 4:  Clamp the pages and then glue the clamped edge. I put on three coats of glue allowing to dry between coats.

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Step 4:  Mark a line 1/8 inch on either side of the spine and score it to bend.

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Step 5:  When the paper spine is dry, use hot glue to attach the paper to the cover.

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Step 6:  Use a steady hand and a scant amount of Elmer’s Glue to glue the 1/8 inch edge of the cover to the top and bottom sheet of paper. This helps keep the book in the spine and looks better when you open the book.

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Step 7: Here’s my 99% success rate.  Sea Lemon says to cut the protruding part of the paper off with a utility knife and ruler.  I found that I couldn’t keep my edges straight while cutting.  If I were to do this again, I would probably just cut the paper to the exact size and skip this step or take my paper to Staples and ask them to cut it for me if I were making several notebooks.

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Step 8:  Write  a note!!

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