DIY Notepad Padding Compound

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I made this day planner for myself (you can download it too) a couple of months ago and I printed a few out then when I ran out of those I got lazy and didn’t print any more.  That means unorganized days and that is not good.

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DIY Notepad Padding Compound

I decided that I needed to print out a lot of them so they would handy but I knew they would be all over the house.  So I figured I should make a notepad.

I started by printing out my sheets.  I have two per page so I printed 40 sheets.  I thought I would want it to last through the end of June. I like to use card stock so this is what it looked like after I got it cut and stacked.

DIY Notepad Padding Compound - www.michellejdesigns.com

I thought it was a little thick especially if I want to carry it with me.  So I split that in half and called it good.  This was a much better size for me.

DIY Notepad Padding Compound - www.michellejdesigns.com

I had seen people making the “glue” or notepad padding compound that goes across the top and I knew I could do it too.  I found several blogs that had tried this but none of them really get into the nitty gritty.  I used this tutorial from Sondra Lynn at Home because it seemed to explain the best.

Supplies:

1/2 Tbsp unflavored gelatin

1 tsp glycerin

1 Tbsp distilled vinegar

3 Tbsp water

Directions:

I placed the water in a bowl and used the microwave to boil it then added the gelatin.  Use a whisk to dissolve the gelatin then add the vinegar and the glycerin.   Whisk again until it is mixed together.  It seemed very bubbly. Let it cool to room temperature.  I let mine go too long so it was pretty tough when I returned.  She had said in her post to microwave it if this happened.  So, I did.  I put it in for 15 seconds and then it was way to runny.  So I waited again but this time I watched and was ready.

DIY Notepad Padding Compound - www.michellejdesigns.com

I used a paint brush to apply the mixture and it seemed a little gloppy so I tried my best to smooth it out.  I decided to keep going and applied three coats letting it dry in between each coat.

This is how it looked before I removed the cardboard pieces.

DIY Notepad Padding Compound - www.michellejdesigns.com

The pages were really loose and they just were not sticking together they way I thought they should.  I easily peeled the whole piece off.  See it?

DIY Notepad Padding Compound - www.michellejdesigns.com

Then I started again.  This time I used the notepad padding compound when it was pretty runny before it really set at all.  It seemed to go on much smoother.  I also let it dry for about 15 minutes between each coat.  I would add and remove the top clips each time I put on a new coat and I washed my paint brush in between as well.

DIY Notepad Padding Compound - www.michellejdesigns.com

This is my final piece and it is much better.  Live, learn and re-do right?  That is the process of DIY sometimes.  I am really happy with the final result of my second attempt.  I went on to finish the other half as well.

DIY Notepad Padding Compound - www.michellejdesigns.com

What do you think?  I hope you have reason to give it a try sometime.   Notepads of all kinds would be a great gift.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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18 Comments

  1. ashley packard

    Thanks for this awesome tutorial. Your photos make this so easy to follow!

    17 . 04 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thank you Ashley. I try to get a photo for each step but sometimes I forget. Lol. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      17 . 04 . 2015
  2. Jennifer

    I could use something like this, running a blog and a business from my home I lose track and things quickly unless I stay organized! I need to see a visual representation of what needs to be done or I get anxious =) thanks for sharing this!

    17 . 04 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks Jennifer. I hope you will downoad it and use it. Thanks for stopping by.

      17 . 04 . 2015
  3. Jann from Newton Custom Interiors

    Michelle, I really like this idea! There have been a couple of times when I needed to hold papers together, and I didn’t even think about trying to make the solution myself. Thanks!

    17 . 04 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Hi Jann, You should definitely try this. It is not hard at all. Glad you stopped by. Thanks so much.

      17 . 04 . 2015
  4. Ursula

    Awesome! And I think you’re right this would make for a great gift idea! You could personalize it in all sorts of funky ways

    17 . 04 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Hi Ursula. Yes. I am planning to make some fun gifts this holiday season. Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it.

      17 . 04 . 2015
  5. Just Plain Marie

    I saw the title and expected something complicated and with strange ingredients. This is fabulous! Thank you so much. Definitely need to pin this for later.

    17 . 04 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Hi! I put off doing this project for a long time because I thought it would be a long, involved process. It really wasn’t. I hope you try it someday! Thanks so much for the comment!

      17 . 04 . 2015
  6. Jennie @LittleGirlDesigns

    Wow, I have been wanting to make my own note pads for a while but was hesitant to use some of the products out there that have so many crazy chemicals in them. I didn’t realize you could DIY it! I am curious why you used cardboard on either side of the papers, though. ?? These would make awesome gifts! I’m pinning to my ‘crafts to make’ board! 🙂

    17 . 04 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Hi Jennie. The cardboards on either side help with any drips from the mixture and they keep the clips from digging into the pad itself. I actually ended up leaving the back piece of cardboard attached. it just helped to keep it sturdy when carrying it around. Good question. I guess I should have addressed that better in the post. LOL! Thanks so much for stopping by.

      17 . 04 . 2015
  7. Melissa French, The More With Less Mom

    This is a fantabulous idea! I am totally using this. Thanks for posting. Hello from Think and Make Thursday.

    18 . 04 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks Melissa and thanks so much for sharing. Thay made my day!

      18 . 04 . 2015
  8. Carmen Doerr

    Love the information, thanks. This is a really attractive blog. I loved it!

    19 . 04 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Thanks for that Carmen. I have been doubting the look of my blog. It is nice to hear positive feedback. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      19 . 04 . 2015
  9. Jessica

    Oh I love this! That’s insane how much really goes into getting the book to stay together, I love the look of them for sure.

    20 . 04 . 2015
    • Michelle

      Hi Jessica – Thank you. It really wasn’t too hard. I was trying to remain patient between applications until it dried. LOL! You should give it a try!

      20 . 04 . 2015

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