Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Homemade Note Pads

I have a ton of scrap paper at my house and I hate seeing it all end up in the recycle bin.  We've tried cutting the kids' school papers in quarters and keeping them together with a binder clip but we always end up with a mess in the drawer.  I found some amazing stuff that will help keep it all organized and also has a ton of other applications!

I can tell you that the first thing I made is a scrap pad.  It didn't occur to me to take pictures so you get photos of a project I made with this stuff.  The steps are exactly the same.  It doesn't matter if you use scrap paper or fancy paper.  The results are the same and amazing.

You first need a bottle of this stuff:

It's padding compound.  You can buy a big quart jar for about twenty dollars but I have no idea how and when I'd use that much.  I purchased a two ounce bottle for seven dollars on Amazon (yeah reward points!!)  and I still have no idea how I will use all of this stuff.  You just don't need much.

Cut your papers and stack them.  I used the binder clip to pin them together so that there is no shifting.

Paint a thin layer of the padding compound on it.

Let dry.  It takes about a minute.

Paint a second layer.

You are done!

I stacked some tags I cut out and bonded those.  I will keep them in my desk with some stickers.  These will make great "Thank You"s when needed.  I'll write my Thanks, plop a sticker on it and attach it to a mini candy bar.  The binding glue keeps it organized and neat until I'm ready to use it.

If I do it again:

I will be doing this quite often.  I like the idea of making scrap pads out of paper I would put into the recycle bin normally.  It is a great way to keep papers together.  I also think note pads would make a great gift for someone.  You could use your shape cutter and cut out fancy shapes in colorful paper and bind them together for a gift.  You could hand stamp papers in different designs and bind those.  You could cut out different mats or frames for scrapbooking, bind them together and gift those.  The possibilities are endless! 


  1. Instead of doing chores, I've been reading your blog and have read about 50% of your posts. I like the variety of things you create. Mostly I love that you are FEARLESS. Nothing stops you. Also love your "If I do it again" section. So helpful for those of us replicating what you have done.

  2. Thanks for the compliments! I'm blushing!

    I don't believe I've ever been called "fearless" before. Sarcastic, blunt and crass, yes, but never fearless. I will add that to my list! Thank you!

    I hope you enjoy making some of the projects. I love getting creative. I have been thinking that I should start putting some of my miserable failures up on this blog just for a few laughs. I'd start with my attempt at an Earthquake cake (crazy burned mess on the inside of my oven) and the baby blanket I tried to make for a friend (I had to actually CUT it out of my sewing machine. )

    Thanks again for the comment!