we blessing sisters have loved notepads, notebooks and all things paper since our first wide-rule pads we bought in gradeschool. we have trouble letting go of even a single sheet of paper, lest we find a use to reuse or recycle it in the craft room! this time, we repurposed our old faxes and paper scraps into notebooks and made them useful again. we pulled out old wrapping paper, books we didn’t mind ripping pages out of, and other odds and ends to make the covers pretty. this is quick and easy to do with what you already have at home, and you end up with a stack of handy, useful pads that might even give you a tinge of back-to-school nostalgia. –bbbcraft sisters
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- 8 ½” x 11” scrap paper (from faxes, printing mishaps and mail)
- binder clips
- scraps of cardboard cut into 1” inch strips OR 2 wood paint mixers cut to size
-elmers glue, pvc or a glue gun
- paint brush
- decorative scrap paper
- masking tape and/or decorative tape
2. stack the pages. line up the folded sides together and the cut edges together by tapping them down into place on an even surface.
3. keeping the pages evenly lined up, place a strip of cardboard (or paint mixers) slightly below the top edge of the flush, cut edges. attach the binder clips as shown. if the cardboard is flush with the paper, you will get glue on the cardboard, which makes things messier!
4. squeeze lines of glue along the flush, cut edges and use the paint brush to even it along the top edge. we used elmer’s for this, but experimented with elmers, pvc and a glue gun—any will work, though the glue gun glue is on the thicker side. we found it helped to use a third binder clip in the center of the book to keep the pages together.
5. let dry and repeat 4 or 5 times, until you have a coat of clear glue that holds the edges together. once the glue has dried for the last time, remove the binder clips-the pages should be secured together.
6. attach your decorative paper by gluing it across the top of the notebook.
7. secure with binder clips to hold in place and let dry.
8. attach the tape carefully on top to cover all the glue and uneven edges. you can cover up all of your little mishaps!
9. decorate with stickers, labels or anything else!