Did you know you could make your own tearpad notebook? It is simpler than you may think!
I have a bit of a notebook obession. I have notes and lists in all over the house. I am trying to transition to using apps on my phone, but there is still something about writing things down. It is therapeutic for me!
I was spending a lot of money on notepads. I figured out how to make them myself, for pennies! My husband even thinks that this is one of the most useful projects I’ve ever made. You won’t believe how simple it is to make!
To begin, you need to get the paper down to size. Now, before you do that, you may want to add an embellishment or monogram to the paper. For my notebook, I was able to add a floral design. Using PicMonkey, I was able to reduce the transparency so it was more of a watermark than an image. You can do this to add a monogram, image or anything you would like to your own paper. You do not need to do this, but it can be a fun way to personalize your notepads (especially if you want to use them as gifts).
Now, back to the paper size. Use a paper cutter and trim all of the paper to the size of the chipboard. You will want to cut anywhere from 75 – 100 sheets for your notepad.
While you can cut it all by hand, a paper cutter is much easier. If you don’t own one, don’t buy one. You can go to your local UPS Store and ask them to assist you.
Once your paper is cut to the right size, stack it up on top of the chipboard. Make sure the top edges are all matched up and then use the binder clips to secure it together.
Use your paintbrush and apply a liberal coat of padding compound to the top of the stack. After 15 minutes, apply a second coat. Allow it to dry for at least 15 more minutes and you are done!
That’s it! It works just like it’s supposed to! These are the same quality as you find in the store, but you can make them yourself at home. The cost was just $0.58 per notepad!
These make awesome teacher appreciation gifts with a monogram or other image on them. The ideas are endless!