The team has really been knocking it out of the park in the DIY category lately!! I’m always trying to think out of the scrapbooking box a bit when we design the products and new collections… definitely working to make sure things are super usable and relevant to those of us that are in that memory keeping world, but ALSO thinking about those of you that aren’t and pushing myself to create products that might inspire in a whole different way.

So, in that light, I truly LOVE seeing the ladies come up with such fun DIY projects and tutorials because it not only inspires all of us to use things in new ways, but it shows us how many different things they can be used for! Keep reading for a fabulous tutorial from Stephanie on how to create your own darling decorative mini notepads! They are simply too cute! And easy too, which is a bonus for sure!

I am always searching for a notepad to jot things down on throughout the day.  And I never can seem to find one when I need one. Sound familiar??

Of course I could always pick up a few notepads at the store, but making them and customizing my own is so much more fun. And I can’t even begin to tell you how incredibly easy these are to make!

stephaniebryan_mininotepads1

The thought of having to trim down paper to add to this notepad makes me cringe, so I cheat a little and use unruled index cards for my inside pages (shhh….don’t tell anyone my secret)! Index cards come in a variety of sizes and can be either ruled or unruled. I like mine unruled because it’s just easier to write on (tip: if you only have lined index cards, just flip them over and use the blank side).

To bind the notepads together, I used my Bind-It-All and white wire.  I love this little machine and all of the fun things you can do with it!

stephaniebryan_mininotepads2

Here’s the easy process for creating these little notepads:

1. Punch holes at one edge of your cards using your Bind-It-All.

2. Trim out your favorite Maggie Holmes patterned paper and punch holes at one edge.

3. Stack your two patterned papers with the sides you want showing facing each other (so you will see the other side of the patterned paper)

4. Loop your wire through the punched holes.

5. Use the Bind-It-All to tighten your wire.

6. Decorate your notepads any way you wish!

7. Use and enjoy!

stephaniebryan_mininotepads3

I purchased two packs of unruled cards from Target and was able to make 6 little notepads (with enough cards left over to make maybe two more)!

stephaniebryan_mininotepads4

My kids each stole two, but I managed to sneak a few into my purse for notes, lists and whatnots!!

stephaniebryan_mininotepads5

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope I have inspired you to get creative with your supplies!

Happy Friday!

xoxoxo

Supplies Used >> Maggie Holmes Shine Collection / Bind It All MachineCalendar Patterned Paper / Floral Patterned Paper / Shine 12×12 Patterned Paper Pad / Shine Stickers / Frames Patterned Paper / Shine Chipboard Stickers / Shine Crepe Paper Delights Layered Stickers with Glitter / Shine Ephemera /Shine Gold Foil Large Chipboard Alphabet