We're making notepads today!
I've always loved a little DIY. I've upholstered furniture and tiled my own kitchen backsplash. I've poured candles, sewn cloth napkins, and used plumbing supplies for things not even remotely related to plumbing. Some DIY projects can be very practical and others, well, not so much. I was thinking about this while working on this project because more than once I thought to myself, "Why are you making your own notepad? You could walk in to any auto-repair shop or dental office and probably get one for free." But that's not the point, is it? People who live and breath DIY don't care. It's the thrill of making it yourself. The "Look what I did! How cool is that?!" factor. The DIY I bring you today definitely falls into the realm of slightly unnecessary DIY. Do you need to make your own notepad? Of course not. Can you take the $8 you're going to spend on padding compound and buy enough notepads to last you into retirement? Of course you can. But if you're like me, making your own notepad gives you a little bit of a thrill. Here we go.
There are already a number of tutorials for making your own notepad out there in internet land. I'm going to share how I made mine, my first time venturing into notepad making. I also have a free printable for you to make the notepad shown above. I love making lists and especially to do lists. I even have different levels of to do lists: sometimes a list for the whole week and sometimes I need a DO THIS TODAY list.What do you need?
- paper (See the printable below but you can use any paper you want: recycled paper, scrapbook paper, dollar bills, whatever)
- cardboard backing (a thinner cardboard will do just fine)
- padding compound (I got mine here. I've seen "recipes" for making your own so if that's your speed go for it)
- small paintbrush
- binder clips
- optional: paper trimmer (A must for paper projects lovers. I've got a couple, like this one and a smaller version)
Your first step is to trim your paper and cardboard to the size you want (this is where the paper trimmer really comes in handy). My printable to do list is sized at 3.5x4 inches. That's so I could get 6 sheets out of one piece of paper, plus I like "list paper" that's a little on the small side. Of course even with the paper trimmer you might not get perfectly identical pieces of paper and that's okay.Next you're going to line up all that paper so the top edge is as flush as possible, putting the cardboard on the bottom of your stack. Then use those binder clips to hold it all in place. I read a tip somewhere online to put a popsicle stick underneath the clip, it helps with not indenting your paper, and it seemed to work pretty well. Paint a liberal coat of the padding compound onto that top edge without getting too sloppy. Use another binder clip to hold down that top edge while it dries. Wait a bit and paint on one more coat of padding compound and let dry. Remove your clips and BOOM! You've got yourself a new notepad.Now for the printable part. Like I said before, I sometimes need a more urgent daily to do list and this will be a cute one to get my attention. I made one version filled with black and one with outlines so you can color and doodle on your list. I'm a list doodler. Let's hear it for the doodlers! Feel free to color and doodle all over this thing. I also kept it black and white so you won't use up too much ink printing it at home. There's a quarter inch border around the edge because some printers will vary how close to the edge they print. Use the light gray lines to trim your sheets. There are 6 sheets on each letter size (8.5x11 inch) piece of paper. The notepad above was 10 pages of paper (or 60 sheets) and it made a nice size notepad. I also printed mine on standard printer paper.
I hope you enjoy my little DIY and printable!