How to Make a Notepad with Mod Podge


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Make your own notepads to keep lists, memos and to-do's organized using paper and Mod Podge.

How to Make a Notepad with Mod Podge

Make your own notepads to keep lists, memos and to-do's organized using paper and Mod Podge. I always have several notepads on my desk for checklists and notes. I have the worst memory these days, so notepads are crucial. 

Yes, sometimes I use my phone, but I have a very visual memory and can remember things better if I physically write it down. What about you? Do you use notepads?

Make your own notepads to keep lists, memos and to-do's organized using paper and Mod Podge.

When I was little I loved note pads. I especially loved to make flip books, so this technique would have been perfect. Make as many notepads as you like and customize them for every occasion.

Speaking of notepads for every occasion, I'm posting notebooks, journals and all things paper holders this week at Doodlecraft, so check the past posts too!

Make your own notepads to keep lists, memos and to-do's organized using paper and Mod Podge.

Supplies Needed to Make a Notepad with Mod Podge:

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Paper (copy, watercolor, colored, recycled, etc.)
Mod Podge (I used glossy)

Supplies needed to Make your own notepads to keep lists, memos and to-do's organized using paper, Mod Podge, paintbrush and C clamps.

Step 1: Cutting the Paper

The beauty of this notepad is that you can make it whatever size you like! You can make one just for the car glove box, or to sit on the desk corner perfectly. Cut the paper to size. I cut my pages in quarters. (4.25 X 5.5") Cut the chipboard to match the size.

Cut paper the desired size for a handmade note pad

Cut a couple of pieces of chipboard to use as braces. They just need to be wider than the notepad and as tall as the clamp surface area.

Cut chipboard and paper the same size to make a notepad.

Step 2: Clamp the Paper and Chipboard

Stack the paper and the chipboard together and line up the top edge as closely as possible. It does not need to be perfect.

Stack the chipboard and paper together to make your own notepad.

Then use the chipboard pieces on either side of the note pad, but about an eighth of an inch lower than the top edge. Then clamp the clamps down on the bracing chipboard firmly on both sides.

Clamp the paper and chipboard together to make a note pad.

This is the set up for the note pad. Holding all that paper tightly will let the Mod Podge work to adhere it all together.

Clamp paper and chipboard together to make your own notepad.

Step 3: Apply the Mod Podge

Now use the paint brush and apply a layer of Mod Podge to the top edge of the notepad. 

Paint the top edge of the paper and chipboard clamped together with Mod Podge.

Let it dry for 20 minutes, then apply more Mod Podge. Repeat the drying and painting process for 5 layers of Mod Podge. It's better to do several thin coats, rather than thick coats that will warp the paper. 

Let the mod podge dry and then paint the top edge of the notepad again until it's been coated 5 times with Mod Podge.

Once it's dry, it's ready to use! It feels just like a notepad from the store, with a thick glossy band across the top. Now make some more! Print off paper with a logo and make them into custom note pads for all occasions.

Print them out with lines or boxes for checking things off. Keep track of all those important notes with a little notepad. 

Make your own notepads to keep lists, memos and to-do's organized using paper and Mod Podge.

That's it!

Have you ever made your own Notepad before?

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Make your own notepads to keep lists, memos and to-do's organized using paper and Mod Podge.








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