DIY Notepad

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DIY Notepad

I love notebooks. Small ones. Big ones. Without Lines. Filled with lines. Thick. Thin. All kinds of notebooks. You can always find me taking notes…like a boss! I jot down a quick note here. Or a long sermon there. You will always find me with a notebook near by. Usually in my purse! And I’m not the kind of girl that uses up a few pages and moves on to the next. I use up my notebooks to the very last page. So today I thought…why not do a little DIY project & make my own DIY notepad with one of my favorite crafting tools, We R Memory Keepers’ The Cinch Binding Machine. (Da da da-dahhhh!) 

DIY Notepad

Here’s what you’ll need:

DIY Notepad

  • Paper (cut down to size)
  • The Cinch
  • Binding Spirals
  • Chipboard (cut down to size)
  • Pretty Paper
  • Fancy punch
  • Glue and/or Mod Podge
  • Wire cutter
  • Stamp & ink (optional)

Ready. Set. Craft!

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  1. Prep by cutting all your paper, chipboard, & pretty paper down to your preferred size of notepad. 
  2. Make the cover of your notepad by first gluing down the pretty paper on a piece of chipboard. 
  3. Take a white or kraft sheet of paper & use a fancy punch to design to your heart’s content. I used one of Martha Stewart’s Punch All Over The Page punches. 
  4. When your done, use Mod Podge to paint the adhesive over the back of your white sheet & carefully place over your chipboard that has the pretty paper on it.
  5. Now it’s time to use The Cinch! It’s kind of tricky when you cut down your notebook to a smaller size, so use some scrap pieces of paper to see exactly where & how you want to your holes to line up.
  6. Once you’ve figured everything out, punch all your pages & chipboard.
  7. Put your notebook together & make sure all your holes line up. 
  8. Insert your spirals and cut off any excess. 
  9. Pinch your spirals closed.
  10. (Optional step) I used a stamp to add a little bit of encouragement to my notepad! 

And now you have a beautiful, one-of-a-kind notepad you can take with you to jot down whatever brilliant things come to mind…or gift to a well deserved friend!