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Sunday, August 28, 2011


Happy Sunday!!!  And I know it's really Sunday because I just came home from church -- lol!!!  I hope all my blogging-family enjoyed a wonderful and very happy weekend!

Today I'm picking up where I left off in yesterday's tutorial.  I will now show how to construct the notepad.   For this tutorial, I will be using only leftover bits of paper, so it's not going to look very pretty for this demonstration; however, you will use a paper of your choice for your actual notepad.  And, remember, your pages should be plain typing or copy paper!!!

Okay, now that all the pages are printed and/or cut out, you will need a front and back cover; cut 2 pieces of 2-7/8" x 5.50 heavy cardstock mats for your covers:

Taking all of the inside pages, sandwich them between the front and back covers:

Lightly tap all sides of your pad making certain all the pages are even on all sides.  It is IMPORTANT that all pages align and meet evenly across the top to ensure all pages are caught up in the glue binding, so pay particular attention to the top of your notepad.  Once your notepad is evenly in place, clip the pad to keep the pages together and to keep them from moving or shifting.  I've used a paper clip here because this pad is thin, however, your pad will more than likely be much thicker and you may need to use a binding clip or clamp:

Using a wet glue, such as Crafters Pick "The Ultimate", rubber cement or even Elmers Glue, etc., liberally apply glue across the top pages of the notepad:

Using the index finger and thumb, run your fingers across the top of the notepad  lightly squeezing/pressing as you go to make certain the glue penetrates into all of the top layers.  Next, place the pad on a non-stick surface and cover it with a non-stick surface (I used MeltArt Craft Sheets; or, you can use wax or freezer paper); place a heavy book on top to apply pressure and assure the pages stay in contact; allow glue to dry for 30 minutes.

Once the glue is dry, you will need to cover and conceal the glued top-side of your notepad.  Cut a piece of paper 2-7/8" across and long enough to cover the top of your notepad with at least 1/2" to cover both the top and back covers:

Apply glue to the cover tab making certain to get all the edges well lubricated:

Slightly fold the tab in half (BUT DO NOT  ALLOW ANY PORTION TO ADHERE TOGETHER -- this step is to get an even alignment on the front and back covers, and along the top of the notepad).  Take the center of the cover tab and lay it across the top of the notepad and press down; fold down the front and back sides of the tab and press down.  Finish by firmly pressing down both sides of the tab to the pad, and by running a bone-folder or knife-edge along the top of the pad to made certain it adheres and to look nice and neat:

Allow the glue to dry on the tab about 15-20 minutes and your notepad is ready with all the printed (or blank) pages inside:

Now decorate and embellish it!!!

Your notepad can be as large or small as you'd like -- depends on the size you cut.  You can have as many pages as you'd like; pages can be printed or blank pages, and you can even bind it on the side book-style!  Put them in matching boxes or envies to give as gifts!  You're the designer and it's all up to you!!!  Here's another peek at one I made:

Should you have any questions, please just let me know; I will get back to you, I promise!  In the meantime, I hope to see your notepad creations!  And by all means, please feel free to link them to my blog!!!

Well, I'm off to go play now!  I'll be back with a project soon!!!  So, hugs to you all and...

I'll be seeing you!


Sandy from Ukiah said...

What a great tutorial, you always make it look so easy. Yours is just beautiful. Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon my friend,,, that's one way to know what day it is. lol.. hugs

Besthobbyeva said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial, it's so helpful!!! Great job my friend!!


Patti J said...

Another fabulous creation, Audrey! Thanks for showing us how you did this :) What a great gift this would make, or woweee......a craft fair item! Hugs to you too!

Jean said...

Love how your notepad looks, I need to give this a try.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

BUT where did you find the directions for the spinner card???? I searched on the internet and come up with something different.. hugs

jen said...

This is fantastic!!!! Just gorgeous..you are so creative. Audrey thanks for always stopping by even when I don't get a chance to visit you. I appreciate it more than you know...thanks so much!!!!
big hugs,jen

Brenda said...

what a beautiful notebook. This would be perfect for a teacher gift. Thanks for the inspiration.
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Great tutorial... I thought you had to have special glue for this. Great information. TFS

Sherrie K. said...

Thanks for the tutorial:)What a beautiful project, anyone would love to receive this!
Sherrie K

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [29 Aug 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Dawnll from Dawn's Craft Place said...

This is fab! Love this idea so much.
I was thinking when it got to the adhesive"I bet Pippie would be there to check it out-Black hair would be in the glue! lol
Thanks so much for sharing

Audrey Frelx said...

Thank you all for visiting and your wonderful comments I so love reading!

Sandy, I don't have any directions I found for this card, other than my own. It took me a while but figured it out and it's not hard to put together once you know how. Of course I'll do a tutorial on this one for you if you can't find one anywhere, but my version isn't as nice as some I've seen; I just wanted to try one.

Hugs to you all!!!

OmaGloria said...

This is such a neat tutorial. Thank you for sharing it.

cricaholic said...

Love your notepad, very pretty. Your tutorials are GREAT!!! TFS

lovemypaper said...

Great tutorial!!

Monique Barr said...

Great Tut! I love it I am going to print out now. Thank you so much. When I make one I will post, we have just been so busy. Be bless my sister

MyCuriousCrafts said...

Hi Audrey, this is so FABULOUS! Thanks for doing the wonderful tutorial. ~Shen

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Well Miss Audrey, I have searched and searched and the only spinner card I have seen has been the one that has the penny.. I have seen one other like yours but for the life of me can't remember where I saw it at... It must be called something else... hugs from ukiah

Angi @ CokiePop said...

I just love this. Must try this soon one weekend when I have more free time. That cover is gorgeous. :)

GabyCreates.com said...

Thanks for always sharing your genius ideas!! and your spinner card is perfect!! (I just created one, but would love to see your tutorial)

Staying Crafty said...

Hmm, wheels are turning!!! I always have lots of smaller scraps that I throw away. Now I'm thinking I could use this binding technique to make a special paper pad to throw in my purse for my kids to draw on.

Sandy Ang said...

the sneak is so enticing. can't wait for the full reveal