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Easy to make, quick project with a lasting impression.
Notepads are my most recent craft fever. They're easy to make, and they don't take very long, either.

Most people use all-purpose glue to bind their notepads, which can take a long time to dry completely. I use acrylic matte gel since it's flexible, dries clear and smooth, and dries quickly.

I'll show you my method of making notepads, which is fast enough to satisfy impatient crafters.

Posted by Monika Gottindottir from Worthington, Minnesota, United States • Published See Monika Gottindottir's 255 projects »
  • How to make a journal. Diy Notepads - Step 1
    Step 1

    In Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, or OpenOffice, design a lined sheet or patterned design for your paper. If you want a blank notepad, skip this step. For an even texture/pattern, use lightweight scrapbook paper.

  • How to make a journal. Diy Notepads - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using a paper guillotine, scissors, or a straight edge, cut or tear your paper down to the size you want.

    Use a paper guillotine or box cutter and ruler to cut your bookboard down to size.

  • How to make a journal. Diy Notepads - Step 3
    Step 3

    Stack your paper with the bookboard on the bottom. Make sure all the paper is lined up straight and even at the top edge, and hold the pages together with binder clips.

  • How to make a journal. Diy Notepads - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using a palette knife, spread your decoupage paste or acrylic matte gel along the paper stack. Use the edge of the palette knife to scrape off the excess and smooth out the gel/paste. Make sure it's even.

    Clamp down on the top of the pad with a big binder clip.

  • How to make a journal. Diy Notepads - Step 5
    Step 5

    Allow the paste/gel to dry completely. This should only take 5-10 minutes. If you're worried about the durability of the paste, add another coat with your palette knife.

    When dry, remove all the binder clips. Your pad is ready to use!

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isobel.l · Basingstoke, England, GB · 61 projects
i love this! im going to have to do this sometime!