Did you buy a printable notepad file, but don’t know what to do with it? Learn how to make your own notepads from printables with this easy tutorial!
Making your own notepads is a super easy and fun project to do on a rainy day or even just for fun with the kids.
They are simple to put together and the only equipment you need is a paper cutter, paper and some glue, making it incredibly affordable, too!
Just imagine the possibilities when you make your own notepads!
You could make one for every occasion, every list, every plan…the list goes on and on!
- To do lists for yourself
- Honey do lists for your spouse
- Grocery Shopping
- Birthday gifts
- Christmas gifts
- Meal planning
- Kids schedules
Do you see what I mean? Anything you would normally BUY a notepad for, you can now make for yourself. Using ANY kind of paper you like! And you don’t have to pay any expensive shipping costs!
So, let’s go ahead and get started, shall we?
How to Make Your Own Notepads from Printables
- Printable notepad file (Don’t have one? Head over to the shop and choose from hundreds of different designs!)
- Printer (I recommend an inkjet printer, specifically an Epson inkjet printer, because I’m partial to them. However, you can use whatever kind you have)
- Paper (I recommend using at least 24 lb. paper)
- Paper cutter
- 2 Bulldog clips or a notepad clamp (as shown in the image above)
- Notepad compound
- Glue brush
Print the Notepad:
Open the printable notepad file that you downloaded.
Select File>Print from the menu at the top of the page or press CTRL + P on your keyboard to open the print menu.
Choose the appropriate paper size (generally half-letter (5.5 inches x 8.5 inches) for notepad paper).
Select how many pages you’d like to print (50 pages is standard for a notepad, however, 25 pages works great for a start).
Click Print to begin printing your notepad pages.
Remove your notepad paper from the printer.
Trim the Paper
If necessary, cut the excess paper away from your notepad design.
It’s Time to Glue
Stack the notepad paper pages on top of the chipboard.
Place a bulldog clip on each side of the notepad, toward the top. Or if using a notepad clamp, slide the stack into the clamp and tighten as needed.
Allow the compound to dry (as required on the packaging).
Add a second coat of notepad compound, if desired. Allow it to dry.
Remove bulldog clips or notepad clamp and enjoy using your brand new notepad!
I hope this little tutorial helped you see how EASY it is to make your own notepads! There is no need to spend a bunch of money on shipping when you can just buy your favorite printable notepad design and have a brand new notepad within a few minutes!
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