I've been obsessed with making notepads lately. Want to know why? Because I've learned how I can make pad them myself, and without buying new supplies.
Padding compound isn't especially expensive, but I couldn't figure how I would use a whole jar of it. So I did some googling for alternatives to padding compound, and discovered that Aleene's Tacky Glue will work. So I tried it...it does...and I've put together a little project to share this new love with you!
I've now made a few of these little pumpkin notepads (for my brothers and sister), and they are a hit! Of course, they can be made plain or to go with any holiday...
Here's what you'll need:
"trick-or-treat" PDF download
Index cards or card stock
Binder clip (one big one, or a few smaller)
Orange and black felt
Begin by printing the PDF onto regular paper. The printed pages get cut into eight equal pieces, so I recommend printing at least 3 or 4 copies for a notepad, depending on the thickness of your paper. You need enough sheets to give the glue something to hold.
Cut the index cards or card stock to match the size. You need two pieces. Stack all of the "trick-or-treat" paper, then add the index pieces on either side.
Make sure that everything is neat and smooth, then hold the stack tightly together. I find that squeezing the papers between my fingers works well. Squeeze a bead of glue along the top edge.
Keeping everything held tightly together, gently clip the top with the binder clip(s). Let this dry for at least a few hours, or even overnight to be safe. (The waiting is the hard part!)
Now, cut a piece of orange felt that is big enough to wrap from front to back of the notepad. It can be a bit larger on all sides, if you like.
Apply a thin layer of glue to the index card outsides of the notepad, and stick the felt in place.
Cut some pumpkin face features from black felt.
Glue your face pieces down, and you're all done!
Now you've got a sweet little notepad for jotting notes, or doing a bit of doodling for Halloween!