DIY Photo Notepads

DIY Photo Notepads Did you know that making your own tear-off notepads is really (and I mean 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. 

And yes, I still use phrases like "jazz up." What can I say? I've just always had a way with words. 🙂

DIY Photo Notepads (tear off edges)To create my notepads, I worked with Canon USA and used my PIXMA MG7520 photo printer to create my own little notepads. For this project I loved the convenience of being able to print as many pages as I needed to create my notepads. I printed on plain copy paper so these would be easy to bind and write on, but I still wanted to use our photo printer to get the best quality I could. I didn't want any of those weird stripes that more traditional office printers make. Just be sure you're adjusting your paper type settings to plain paper when you print. 

How to make a notepad Supplies:
Canon PIXMA MG7520 printer
-plain copy paper (I used 5-6 sheets per notepad)
-thin cardboard for the back of the notepads (recycle a cereal box for this!)
-book binding glue (I used PVA)
-clips or small clamps to hold the pages together as they dry

I have heard that other glues will also work for this project (like rubber cement) although I've found that PVA is the best quality for book binding projects. 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. I chose to make my entire note page a photo, so I 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 I decided on a size for my notepad, I tried to fit as many pages onto one sheet of paper before printing. 

You could also add text to your notepads. I made one of mine say "Take Note" and one say "To-Do List" at the top. Go nuts and design some stationary that you want to use.

Canon Pixma printerHow to make a notepadStep Two: Print and cut out your pages. Try to cut them as perfectly as you can so your notepad will fit together easily.

How to make a notepad  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.

Best glues to make your own DIY notepadNow you're ready to take notes and tear off the pages. Enjoy your new notepads! xo. Emma

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

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