Did you know that making your own tear-off notepads is really easy? It’s true! You can use your own photos, original artwork and other design elements to create something really unique to jazz up your desk area. Or you can gift your DIY notepads to friends.

-plain copy paper (5-6 sheets per notepad)
-thin cardboard for the back of the notepads (recycle a cereal box for this)
-book binding glue
-clips or small clamps to hold the pages together as they dry

You need very little glue to hold these together, so this project is super budget friendly.

How to make a notepad

Step One: Create the pages for your notepad. We chose to make our entire note page a photo, so we took down the opacity by about 50% so it would be easy to write over the images (for to-do lists or notes). You can do this in Photoshop or even Microsoft Word. Once we decided on a size , we tried to fit as many pages onto one sheet of paper before printing. You could also add text to your notepads. We made one say “Take Note” and one say “To-Do List” at the top. Go nuts and design some stationary that you want to use.

Step Two: Print and cut out your pages. Try to cut them as perfectly as you can so your notepad will fit together easily.

Step Three: Cut out a cardboard back for each notepad. Assemble the notepads so the top edge is flush and then hold them together with clips or small clamps. Use a thin layer of glue on the edge. The goal here is to make sure some glue touches every page and the cardboard back. Allow to fully dry (3-4 hours) before using.

Now you’re ready to take notes and tear off the pages. Enjoy your new notepads!

via abeautifulmess