First, gather supplies and cut your papers to size. I also put chipboard on the back of each one, but that is optional and completely up to you. I liked that it made it more durable, but would probably leave it off if I were sending a note to a friend.
- 10-15 sheets of paper cut to 3" x 4.25" for each notepad you are making - these sheets can be notebook paper, graph paper or any sort of paper you can write on
- chipboard (optional) cut to 3" x 4.25" for each notepad
- decorative paper - 1 sheet cut to 3.5" x 2" for each notepad
- stapler and staples
- metal ruler, exacto blade or rotary cutter, cutting mat (or you could cut with scissors after drawing lines on the cut lines, just might not be as straight)
- sewing machine (or you can use glue or glue dots)
- embellishments such as buttons, felt shapes, prima flowers, jewel dot stickers
2. Staple sheets for each pad together - this makes it easier to assemble instead of having 15 sheets of paper flying all over the place ;) I would have stapled it to the chipboard, but my chipboard was too thick.
4. Layer each notepad: chipboard on the bottom, then your stapled sheets, with staples at the top end (these will get covered up), then the decorative paper slipped on top, like a hat (so, you will see 1" of decorative paper on the front and 1" on the back when you flip the notepad over). Stitch a straight stitch with a sewing machine, OR, using glue or glue dots, glue the pieces together- glue the decorative paper to the chipboard (on the back), then glue the last sheet of the notepad to the chipboard and then glue the decorative paper to the front of the stapled sheets. Basically make it look like this: