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Making Homemade Notepads

In order to use those otherwise wasted sheets of copy paper, I collect them until I have a stack my stapler can hold together; then I stack them with the cleanest side up. Put three staples along one long side, then repeat on the other side. Cut between the staples to make three stacks of scratch paper. Sometimes I leave them the full width of the paper for longer stacks.

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By Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE

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February 7, 2019

I love to dye papers for my handmade notebooks and journals. This week I found out I could scent these pages beautifully.

A homemade notepad with scented pages.

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September 8, 2010

After you have a garage sale, and before you donate your books to the library or the church, why not take out the fly leaves (blank pages in the front and back of most any kind of book)?

Decorative cover on homemade notepad.

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July 29, 2014

I fold the 8x11 paper into thirds the long way. I then separate the paper into three pieces, cutting on the fold lines. Fold the pieces in half and cut them again.

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September 16, 2016

Around our house, we use Day-Planners and several different calendars simultaneously, which ultimately leaves us with a lot of paper that needs recycling. We've discovered that one way to Reduce/Reuse/Recycle these particular forms of waste paper is to turn them into new scratch-pads for notes, grocery lists, etc. It's easy and only takes a minute! Simply cut long strips from your old planner or calendar, trim to neaten, staple on one end and you're done. Stacks and stacks of free note-pads. Enjoy!

Recycle Old Day Planners into Scratch-Pads

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December 6, 2014

Is there an easy way to connect paper on a note pad?

By Mary

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December 7, 20140 found this helpful

I just use a binder clip. You can find them anywhere and they hang well on the wall next to the desk, fridge, or door. Hope that helps.

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January 15, 20150 found this helpful

I keep a bunch of scraps for notes in a wooden dinner napkin holder my Grandma gave me. For a pad that holds together, I've used a clothespin on top. If it's not a very thick bunch, you can sew it on the sewing machine.

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July 27, 20150 found this helpful

I cut used paper from the printer in four pieces, stack them with the clean side up and staple one corner.

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August 23, 2009

I've read about making note pads from recycled paper, what is the name of the "red, sticky goo" used to make the note pads hold together? Thanks.

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August 25, 20090 found this helpful

I've made these in the past. I used Sparco padding compound from an office supply store. After stacking my paper and clipping it together, I would run a small line of the compound (from a travel squirt bottle) down the edge I wanted to bind. Then spread it with a foam paint brush. After a couple of coats and drying, you're good to go.
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August 26, 20090 found this helpful

Years ago at the bank we just used ordinary glue sticks. Just ran them a couple of times over the edges, letting it dry between each layer.

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August 26, 20090 found this helpful

Rubber cement works, too and is easy to find

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January 25, 2013

Does anyone have a recommendation which glue to use for a padding compound? (the glue used to stick a paper pad together)

By maplesugar from Peterborough, ON

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January 28, 20130 found this helpful

Try rubber cement I think they still sell it at office supply stores. If all else fails, I would get a heavy duty stapler and book binding tape. Staple the sheets of the pad together then seal the edges with book binding tape.

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January 28, 20130 found this helpful

I make paper pads from scrap paper quite often. I have used rubber cement, hot glue and white glue. They all work more or less. I like the white glue best. Use binder clips side by side to hold your paper tightly together, then spread on the glue with your finger. Make sure it covers the entire top of the pad. When it's dry, remove the binder clips.

If you choose to staple the top, perforate the pad about a half inch from the top buy running a few sheets at a time through your sewing machine using an unthreaded needle (an old one). Sheet will tear off easily.
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August 23, 2009

I volunteer every week at my son's school and I noticed that they recycle their throw away paper. I needed some scratch paper so I dug through the scrap paper recycle bin to use some.

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May 20, 2009

Recycle scrap paper by cutting it into same size pieces (use a paper cutter), then stack the paper evenly. Tap the top edge that you will glue, to make sure it is as even as possible.

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April 22, 2011

You will need: Paper, white glue, paintbrush, cardboard, heavy weight objects and a straight edged knife. Take 8 1/2x11 inch pieces of paper and cut them into fourths

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