I love this upcycled brown bag by Lia Griffith, she is so clever! Please click HERE for all the info!
This DIY home made container is so clever and simple!
~ Sarah xxx
What a great idea making your own notepads click this SOURCE to get to the clever Chica and Jo for their full tutorial. You can also recycle your old paper. Enjoy! ~ Sarah
I have recently discovered a special type of glue that you can use to make your own notepads. It’s called padding compound and it’s a simple adhesive that you apply to a stack of paper to turn it into a notepad.
We have had endless fun making custom, personalized notepads and doing various fun projects with it, and are still coming up with new ideas for more. It’s so easy to use, too! Here are the basics.
Take a stack of paper — any color, type, or size you want — and tap it on the table so that one side is as flat as it can be. If you want your notepad to have a sturdy back, add a piece of cardboard, cut to the same size, to the bottom of your stack. Secure the sheets together with a couple of binder clips. (You can also add a sheet of plain white paper on the top and bottom of the stack if you want to protect the notepad from glue drips, as we’ve done here.)
Now take a small brush and apply the padding compound liberally along the edge of the pad. In just a few minutes’ time, it will dry to a smooth and non-sticky finish. If you have a particularly large notepad and would like extra strength, you can also apply a second or third coat.
And just like that, you’ve made your own custom notepad!
If you’re as intrigued by this stuff as I was when I first found out about it, you’ll want to know where to get it! It seems that most places sell it by the quart or gallon, but since it takes such a tiny amount of the compound to make a notepad, that would practically be a lifetime supply, which may be a bit much for the typical crafter. Fortunately for you, we sell more reasonably-sized 2oz bottles of padding compound in our Amazon store! One bottle is enough to make dozens of notepads. (See our estimation guide to see how much coverage you can get from one bottle.)
The possibilities for these notepads are endless! Here are a few ideas I’ve tried so far:
Make a mat stack for you or for a scrapbooking friend. Simply cut a collection of scrapbook papers a little larger than an average photo print (for example, 4.5″ x 6.5″) and turn them into a pad. You can then tear off a mat one at a time, whenever you want to mat a photo in your scrapbook.
Turn scraps of paper into a cute scratch pad. What’s more fun than cute, printed paper when it comes to the scratch pad on your desk? Just take your otherwise useless scraps and pull them together into a notepad you’ll really enjoy using.
Bundle business cards into a stack. My husband is constantly scattering his business cards all over his truck and bag because they are loose and hard for him to keep together. I took a stack of them and made a notepad out of them and now he has an organized stack that’s easy to carry. His clients are always impressed and delighted when he pulls a card off the pad.
If you haven’t already got your 2012 Calendar yet here is a cute one from the talented woonideeen folk. Click on the link below and go to their website if you would like the Calendar. ~ Sarah xxx
This is a reblog on making your own decorative bows from the talented 100layercake.
I can’t wait to make these bows!
~ Sarah xxx
Step 1: Cut the page lengthwise into nine 3/4-inch-thick strips of heights shown: Three at 11 inches, three at 10 inches, two at 9 inches, and one at 3 1/2 inches.
Step 2: Twist each strip to form loops at both ends. Make a circle out of the smallest.
Step 3: Secure the ends with a piece of double-sided tape.
Step 4: Layer and stick, starting with the longest strips. End with the circle in the center.
Love this Christmas wreath! Here in Australia it is unusual to have wreaths on our doors. Although some people do but not many. I actually can’t ever remember seeing a wreath on a door at anytime of the year. I did enjoy seeing holiday wreaths on doors when we lived in the USA. It was beautiful. I would love to make this Christmas wreath sometime… so cute! Oh… for an amazing tutorial click the photo and it will link you to the clever, talented and original blog from “Little Birdie Secrets”
~ Sarah xxx