How To Make A Notepad

We’re going to learn how to make a notepad!

Give a girl a stack of Astrobright papers and tell her to create something and you’ll see a giddy smile across her face! With school starting soon, I wanted to create something bright and cheery that I can make and give to my son’s teachers and something I could use at home. Since we’re talking middle school, I’d probably embarrass my son with some of the back to school elementary teacher gifts. I wanted to give them something simple, something they could use at home or at school.


How To Make A Notepad

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Supplies Needed to Make a Notepad

Everyone needs a “To Do Note pad”. Using my word program, I created a simple header. (If I already knew who my son’s teachers were, I’d use their name as the header. Another great idea for elementary is to scan a drawing from your child and use that as the design). To Do……….or not to do. I thought that was a catchy header.

Printing on Astrobrights paper always looks so professional. It was our choice of paper for school events because of this.

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I printed out about 50 sheets of the paper in all the colors. Who could resist not using ALL of them? Their colors are daBomb!

How To Make A Notepad | TodaysCreativeBlog.netI wanted my note pad to be long and narrow. I cut my paper to 5 x 11 inches. Using my husbands pretty orange vice thingy and 2 blocks of wood, I was able to squeeze the edges together tightly. C-Clamps
work too. I followed the tutorial from Cindy on Skip to My Lou. Her’s is way prettier than mine. Make a notepad- today's creative blog

I applied craft glue with a brush at first and it worked pretty good.

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But then decided to just smear it on with my finger to make sure it was really thick.

DIY notepad- today's creative blog I left it alone for a couple of hours to dry. making a notepad- todays creative blog

Once dry, it’s clear. Trim off any jagged edges to make it look nice, but be careful to not pull off the full strip of glue. Each page will peel off when you pull………just like a store bought notepad!

Now you know how to make custom note pads!

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Super easy! This craft is easy enough for your children to help. If you’re working with a vice grip, you may want to assist them…….especially if it’s not mounted like mine.

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Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens everyday! From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. You can also find Kim once a month on Portland's AMNW Morning show as their "creative expert". Life is more fun when it's creative!





  1. says

    Seriously? JUST craft glue? I went out and bought the expensive “notepad” adhesive stuff for nothing? That’s awesome! The notepads turned out great, and the bright colors just make them eye candy. :)

    • Kim says

      Seriously! so easy! Cindy from SKip to my Lou said it may be stiff and that’s why she uses a silicone glue…….but my notepad isn’t that big and will be used up quickly!

  2. Aahnay says

    I think, iirc (im older than the moon), we used to use rubber cement on the edges, way, way, way back when. Does anyone even use that anymore?

  3. Patricia League says

    Love your site, was checking emails and next thing I was on your site. At the same time I was designing a project on my Cameo. WOW, do I love my Cameo. My project was making a bird house ornament. But love your notepad, I’ll have to try that next!