Supplies Used: Cardboard, Cardstock, Stickers, Knife
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Die-cut a letter from chipboard or heavy cardboard using a Notepad Alphabet letter.
- Die-cut 20 to 50 copies of the same Notepad letter from colored, white or lined paper. Note: A small notepad can be made cutting 10 to 20 pieces of paper per pad (Figure A).
- Die-cut a cover from construction paper, cardstock or heavier paper using the same Notepad letter.
- Ellison die-cuts are exact every time they are cut making it easy to align the parts for a perfect notepad.
- Compress the "letters" on the edge of a table with a heavy book or can. NOTE: Up to 20 copies of the same design could be done at a time. Continue stacking a chipboard base, paper and a cover in stacks on top of each other.
- Using Padding Compound and a small paintbrush, paint the compressed edge of the alphabet letters. Notepad edge will be painted a total of 3 times, allowing the notepads to dry for 15 to 30 minutes between each application (Figure B).
- If more than one pad has been created, lift the stack of letters forming the first pad slightly and slip a butcher knife between the chipboard bottom of the first pad and the cover of the second pad. Slice the top pad off. Repeat until each pad is separate.
- Decorate the top of each pad with stickers or small die-cuts (see Main Photo).