Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Stamped Notepads

Want to make your own note pads as gifts?  They are so easy to make and the customization possibilities are endless.
All you need to do is follow these simple steps to make your own note pads.

What you need:
Ten sheets of paper (to make a 40 sheet notepad)
Ink of desired color
Padding Compound

What to do:
Cut paper.  Take each sheet of paper and cut into quarters. I do this using a small paper cutter, but if you don't have one you can use regular old scissors instead.

Stamp! Use your favorite ink and choose a stamp.  I usually do the same stamp in the corner or across the top as a border.  I typically use a few different colors in my notepads.

Back your notepad with some cardboard.  This can be an old cereal box or anything studier.  You don't want it too thick though.  I actually bought some extra thick tagboard from Michael's to use.  I use a popsicle stick or a small paintbrush to spread the binding material across the top of my note pad.  I use Sparco padding compound which my uncle got for me (he works at a printing company), but I found this on amazon if you can't find Sparco Notepad Padding Compound - White, 2oz

A few things to note.
Use some bigger sheets of cardboard and some binder clips or some type of clamp to kept the sheets held together while the binding compound is settling.
Don't put the padding compound on too thick.  Otherwise it doesn't have a good hold.
Let dry several hours or overnight. This is important.

Enjoy being able to give cool notepads to friends and family!

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  1. Cute idea! I love the hearts notepad a lot :)

  2. Thanks for sharing this lovely post with us over at Showin' Some Love Hump Day Blog Hop! Already following you. :)
    <3 Amanda*

  3. Cute! Thanks for the tip on the padding compound,I really want to try this.
    <3 Sarah

  4. This is a great idea, and a fun one too to adapt for Father's Day! Thanks for sharing. :)

    I'm visiting today from Thursday's Favorite Things.

  5. Great idea! I've seen this done with rubber cement but did not know you could get the padding compound. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I absolutely LOVE these notebooks. I've been wanting to try making my own, but haven't gotten around to it. You've inspired me to give it a try. Thanks so much for the tips. Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. I love the notepads!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Came here from the Shine on Fridays Blog Hop!

  8. Got you from Serenity Now Weekend bloggy reading. I hope I will be successful in my attempt to do this.

  9. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. AND starting Wednesday June 4th I will be hosting a Wordless Wednesday link party. Hope you will join us!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  10. Love making gifts like this! Thanks for linking up with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!

  11. Can't wait to make some. I have a question - what does - - - "Use some bigger sheets of cardboard" mean??

    1. My bad, I should have said a thicker cardboard. You want something stiff to back the notepad so that you have a firm surface to write on. Cereal boxes (or the like) can work fine, but I prefer something a little less flimsy. I found a black tag board size sheet of cardboard at Michales with their other tag board. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have other questions

  12. Wow, what a great idea! These are so cute. Thanks for the tutorial!

  13. Awe those are so cute! I want a heart stamped notepad!

  14. Hi Danielle,
    I'm visiting from Sweet Sharing Monday's Link Party. I love your personalized notepads. I made these years ago and used Rubber Cement to bind them. Now following your lovely blog and hope you'll come by Altered Artworks for a visit, and even stay for a cup of coffee (or tea).

  15. Oh wow! I didn't even know you could buy binding compound. But that totally makes sense! What a terrific idea!

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  16. Hi! Found you on The Breezy Birdie link up. Love this, they came out really cute. You are very creative and crafty :) Following via G+
    ~Jackie @ <a href=">The Non-Martha Momma</a>

  17. Hi Wanted to feature you stamp pad but can't find a back link. Let me know if there is one- super cute

    1. It there! Linky party in the middle of the 2nd line, since you didn't have a specific name for you Link party but the title of the posts are always Linky Party so that's what I used :)

  18. Congratulations...this post was featured on Create It Thursday this week! Thanks for stopping by and linking up such a fabulous creation! Check it out here:

    1. Thanks Leslie! I just added your button to the post!

  19. This is very cute. Thanks for sharing at the Friday Follow Along last week. Please come link up at the Lovely Linky at


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