You may be wondering why anyone
would want to make their own notepads since they're so
inexpensive to buy. One of many reasons is because
it's such a fun way to give a gift of money.
My grandson Harrison (pictured here), who's favorite
place to shop is the Dollar General Store, thought his
personalized pad of $1 bills was "way
cool!!" He was the envy of all the kids at his
birthday party, my other grandkids put in their requests for
money pads for Christmas, and I found some new customers
among the parents in attendance simply by giving my grandson
a gift. Marketing your computer craft creations
couldn't be easier than that!
Here you'll learn the simple steps to create notepads using similar
methods: rubber bands & rulers; and InaPinch™. I'll also show you some easy notepad
styles--magnetic, vinyl cover in 2 sizes, and laminated
cover--that'll have you making notepads for everyone on your
A good quality commercial padding
compound (sometimes called padding glue) is recommended,
but rubber cement can be substituted. Some crafters
have used white glue for padding, but I've found that it's
not very flexible once it dries, and notepad sheets can
break off easily. Fabric paint, which dries
flexible, can also be used.
Most commercial padding compounds are pink in the jar and
red when dry (great for Christmas notepads). Some
padding compounds are white and dry clear; and if you pour
the amount of compound you plan to use into a small
container, you can color it with powdered pigment, food
coloring, or add glitter to add extra embellishment to your
Save blank paper margins cut from other computer craft
projects and pad them to use for small magnetic notepads.
These make very inexpensive promotional give-aways for your
home business. You can also create promotional
notepads to sell to other businesses, like realtors, hair
dressers, dentists, masons, carpenters, etc.
The Rubber Bands & Rulers Method
When I first discovered computer crafting, this was the
way most of the PALs were making notepads--paper/cardboard
stacks between two wooden rules held together with
heavy-duty rubber bands. It works well, but can be
somewhat cumbersome if you're trying to make large pads or a
tall stack of pads (an extra pair of hands is recommended).
- Cut your paper and cardboard backers to
the desired size. Create a stack of several pads,
separating each pad with a cardboard backer. The
cardboard backer on each pad will hold the pad in your
notepad cover or give magnet-backed pads the stiffness
needed. TIP: Recycle
food boxes (such as rice,
cereal, crackers, etc.) for notepad
backers since the backer won't be visible once your
design is finished and are thrown away when the pad's
- Loosely holding your stack with the
edge to be padded facing down, tap the stack on the
desktop several times. This will ensure that the
edge of the papers (and cardboard backers) to receive
the padding glue is flush.
- When the edges of the stack are
relatively even, hold the pad firmly in your
non-dominant hand. Sandwich the stack between 2
flat pieces of wood (such as strong wooden rulers).
The ends of the wood pieces should extend about 2-inches
on each side of the stack of paper and should be as
close as possible to the edge of the stack you'll be
applying the padding compound to.
- With your non-dominant hand firmly
holding your stack between the two pieces of wood,
tightly wrap 2 strong rubber bands around the 2 pieces
of wood that extend on each side of the stack. You
are now ready to apply the padding glue.
- Using a stiff-bristled brush, apply the
padding glue to the edge of your pad with a
"scrubbing" motion so that every sheet
receives the padding glue. To speed the drying time, use
a blow dryer or embossing gun, but keep your heat source
moving so as not to bubble the padding glue. After
the padding glue dries (usually within 30 minutes),
apply a second coat if desired.
- When completely dry, remove the rubber
bands and the wood, and peel your stack of pads into