Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Notepad & Tutorial

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas with this cute little notepad I just made.  I was feeling crafty today and wanted to play in my craft room and here's what I came up with... 

I had this cute paper from last year's Christmas Card batch and the ribbon was used to wrap one of my gifts from a previous year.  Talk about recycling - LoL!

This notepad is also getting a lot of buzz - thanks to Stephanie over at "Under the Table and Dreaming" blog who featured my creation on the Sunday Showcase.


Now let's get to crafting...

What you'll need:
  • cardstock
  • ribbon
  • paper
  • scoring tool
  • rubber cement
  • binder clips
  • paper trimmer/scissors
  • ruler
  • double-sided adhesive/glue
So, let me tell/show ya how I made the notepad and the cover:

1.  I started out with 10 - 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper that I cut in half (straight down the middle), then turned those same sheets 90 degrees and cut down the middle again.  You should end up with 4 small sheets per cut page for a total of 40 sheets.  They'll each measure 4.25 x 5.5. 

2.   Gather those 40 sheets and stack them evenly.  Then, using the brush included, apply your rubber cement evenly across 1 edge of the stacked sheets.  This will create the "spine" of the notepad and allow you to tear away sheets 1 by 1.

(available at your local craft store)

3.  Use something heavy to apply pressure as the rubber cement dries.  I chose to use these handy little binder clips - they'll keep the sheets together as the cemented edge dries.  Be sure to give it at least 12-24 hours to dry, then remove clips. 

4.  Choose a decorative cardstock and cut it to 8 and 3/4" x 5 and 9/16".  Then, score the cardstock at 4 and 3/8" and again at 4 and 1/2".  Fold at the scored lines.  Apply a double-sided adhesive to the back side/last page of the notepad and place inside of the cardstock cover (rubber cemented edge should be against the scored/spine of the cover.  Pick your favorite ribbon and cut to about 24". 

5.  Wrap ribbon and tie.  VOILA!  There you have it.  Use your notepad for to-do-lists, grocery list or even Christmas gift list. 


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  1. Thanks for visiting my blog! It's so nice to meet someone else who makes candles :)

  2. How awesome! I want to try this!! Thanks for the tutorial!


  3. I'm your newest Follower from the Monday Blog Hops! Come check out my blog at:

    Have a great day!

  4. You are very creative! Love your beautiful & bright blog. I found you blog hopping.

    Stop bye and visit me when you can! Also, leave your link so others can find you on my blog hop!

    Peace & Love

  5. Hey everybody! Thanks for stopping by and following.

    Candy - glad you enjoyed the tutorial. Try it out, I'm sure you'll have fun.

    Kate - Thanks a lot for your sweet commment. I'm headed over to visit your blog. :o)

  6. Hi What a wonderful blog! I am a new follower from Making Friends Monday.(Thanks for linking up!)I look foward to reading more from you! Stop by and visit me when you can!

  7. Hey there "Living on Love & Cents",

    How are ya...glad you stopped by. I love receiving "bloggy-love" comments...they make my day. I'm headed to your blog to extend the bloggy love. :o)

  8. Hello! I am your newest follower! I dabble in paper crafts, too! I like to make cards & scrapebook. Come show me some bloggy love!

  9. I'm now following you through the Love is Everywhere Blog Hop. I hope you'll do the same! You can find me @

    Sofia's Ideas

  10. Such a clever and creative idea! I love the added ribbon - very pretty! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you are enjoying your week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  11. WONDERFUL! Stephanie, thanks for featuring my notepad. I had a ball creating it. I'll be adding the "I was featured" button to my sidebar. Yaaaay, Yipppeeeee, Wooohoooo!

  12. You are incredible. i bet you have more creativity in your pinky than I do in my entire existence!!

  13. WOW this is beautiful !
    Great creations !
    I LOVE paper so i love your blog !
    Come say hi and follow me :)

  14. Beautiful!

    Thanks for linking up to Welcome Weekend last week. Sorry it took me so long :-) I was already following you via GFC.

    Have a great weekend!

  15. Man, I was just at the craft store today! Back to the store I go! LOL!
    It looks supercute! :)

    I'm already following you but stopping by through the Boost My Blog Friday Blog Hop! I hope you'll do the same! You can find me @

    Sofia's Ideas

  16. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I am a new follower!

  17. Okay, I'm loving this. I had no idea you could create your own notepad with rubber cement!! Super clever!! I'm so glad you linked this up to Homemade Christmas!

  18. Welcome to all of the new followers. Glad you all dropped by to take a peak at my paper crafts!

    Frenchy - thanks for the comment...glad ya like, too. I think you and I are paper junkies. LoL!

    Sandy - thanks for the "cute" comment. I luv it! You gotta try it

    Sharon - thanks! I like that comment. :o) I am incredible! Honestly, I absolutely find great enjoyment in my paper crafts. :o)

    Michele - it was actually my husband that hipped me to the rubber cement. Now, he's incredible. It works like a charm :o)

    Cazra - glad you enjoyed, too. I'm actually working to get a full "tutorial page" to add to the blog. So, everyone else can enjoy producing paper crafts too.

  19. This is just lovely, and you can hardly go wrong with such a gift - everyone uses note paper! :) I've been wanting to try make a little notepad myself - i read elsewhere that you can use silicone for the "binding" as well (instead of this cement you used).

    I'm a new follower, i've really enjoyed browsing through your lovely creations! I hope to see you back at my weekend parties in future! :)


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