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.
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.
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.
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.
1/2 Tbsp unflavored gelatin
1 tsp glycerin
1 Tbsp distilled vinegar
3 Tbsp water
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
What do you think? I hope you have reason to give it a try sometime. Notepads of all kinds would be a great gift.
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