Basics of Making a Notepad

Lesson #4182

Create a professional looking notepad from any die-cut.

Cut and bind notepads that can be used as awards, seasonal gifts or sold to raise money.

15119-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - T-Shirt - Large

Supplies Used: Cardboard, Cardstock, Colored Pens, Glue, Lined Paper, Markers, Patterned Paper, Stickers

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

Notepads can be made from any Ellison die-cut.

  1. Die-cut 10 to 50 plain white, lined, or colored paper Large T-Shirt die-cuts to make a stack for a notepad. Ten pieces of paper are sufficient for a class project like a Mother's Day Gift or a reward for a student. To make a 1/4" to 1/3" thick notepad requires approximately 50 pieces of paper. The weight of the paper would determine the actual thickness (Figure A).
  2. Die-cut the T-Shirt from cardboard, heavy cardstock or chipboard for the base.
  3. Die-cut multiple colors of construction or patterned paper using the T-Shirt Die. These will be used to decorate and layer one die-cut shape for the top cover of the notepad. Put a piece of coordinating patterned paper over the collar part of the die and cut. This will form the T-Shirt collar trim. As the T-Shirt will be trimmed from the patterned color, leaving only the trim around the collar, it is not necessary to waste paper and die-cut the entire shape (Figure B).
  4. Place the cardboard/chipboard T-Shirt die-cut on the bottom, then the plain paper T-Shirts, topped by the layered T-Shirt die-cut.
  5. Align the die-cut shapes, place the edge to be bound just over the edge of the table and place a heavy book or can of food at the edge to be bound to compress the edges.
  6. Paint the compressed edge of the die-cut shape (in this example, from shoulder to shoulder) three times with Padding Compound, allowing the notepad to dry for at least 30 minutes between applications.
  7. If multiple notepads have been created and painted together with the padding compound, the notepads may be separated with a butcher knife. Set the stack of notepads on a table with the bound edge facing away. Insert the knife above the cover of the bottom notepad and below the chipboard of the next pad. Slide the knife to separate the pads (Figure C).
  8. To embellish the T-Shirt, trim the excess shirt part from the collar on the patterned paper. The perforated lines make it easy to see the collar design. Adhere the patterned paper to the top of the pad with glue or other adhesive (see Main Photo).
  9. If younger students are participating in this project, the teacher can pad (paint on the padding compound) and prepare the notepads, leaving the decoration for the students.
  10. Notepads can be decorated with crayons, colored pens, stickers, or layered. Gluing die-cut Jelly Beans or paper dots from a hole punch on a Turkey notepad adds a colorful touch to the tail; or have younger children glue candy corn and Cheerios on a Pumpkin face. Have fun!

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

  • Figure C

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