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Who knew it was so easy to make your own DIY custom notepads? These personalized tear off notepads and perfect for back to school.
Can I tell you a secret? The best part of back to school are the school supplies. Literally, the smell of school supplies makes me very happy. Now the getting up and getting every ready and off to school on time? That part isn’t my favorite. We all need a little bit of help with back to school, parents, kids, and teachers.
While kids are adjusting to bedtime routines and new classes, parents need help with new schedules, packing lunches, and dinner meal plans. Teachers could use some help getting ready for a new school year filled with lesson planning, grading, and to-do lists. Know what would help them with those to-do lists? If you said personalized custom notepads you would be correct.
Both my Mom and sister are teachers, which probably means I get to see all the effort they put into getting ready for back to school. (It also means I get to go help them get their classrooms ready before school starts.) I love supporting not just them, but all teachers when it’s time to go back to school. Which is why I making some fun personalized DIY notepads that you can gift to teachers along with a shiny new package of G2 pens by Pilot Pen for them to take notes.
- Colored printer copy paper
- Tacky craft glue
- Paper cutter
- Binder clips
- Paintbrush (optional)
- G2 and Precise pens by Pilot Pen
The hardest decision was choosing what I wanted by DIY custom notepads to say! In the end I chose a few different options and layered them throughout my personalized notepad.
I used 8.5″x11″ sheets of paper and cut them into quarters. I designed the sayings to go in the top center of each paper quarter. With the paper printed and cut out, I used binder clips to hold everything together.
The biggest step, after choosing what your notepad should say, is applying the glue along the top edge. The best glue for diy notepads is some tacky craft glue, sometimes referred to as PVA glue. The tacky craft glue is slightly thicker than typical school glue and is perfect for this project. Use a brush or your finger to apply a thick coat to the top of your pages that are clamped together. This is the step that creates your DIY tear away notepad!
After you’ve applied the glue you just need to let it dry. Because you’ve put down a fairly thick coat of glue this will take a bit of time.
Custom notepads deserve beautiful new pens. It was fun standing in the pen aisle at Walmart and choosing what pens I wanted to gift (and use) with my new notepads. In the end I went with both the G2 and Precise pens from Pilot Pen.
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G2 20pk on Rollback for $19.86
Precise V5 RT 8pk on Rollback for $9.88
G2 pens come in four different pen sizes, but the ones I got are the fine 0.7mm. These pens are the ultimate everyday pen, with extra comfortable grip and smooth gliding ink. Perfect for list makers. Plus the pack of 20 that I got also has six metallic colors! No wonder G2 is the #1 selling gel ink pen brand in America.
For those who like things precise, the extra fine Pilot Precise is a premium precision writing tool. The exceptionally smooth-writing ink, premium metal clip and iconic look are why Precise is the #1 selling Rolling Ball brand in America.
I don’t know about you but I have notepads with me all the time, I never know when I’ll need to jot something down. There’s one by my desk, one on the fridge, and even one in my purse.
Grocery list making, goal setting, doodling, all perfectly good uses for my new tear off notepads. Seriously, when I pulled that top sheet off of my own custom notepad, it was very satisfying.
I can’t wait to make these not only for my kids teachers, but for friends and family as well. I even made some for my desk that say my blog name Julie Measures.
I’d love to know what you’re going to put at the top of your DIY notepads!
And if you happen to get the sugar, flour, butter musical reference please let me know that, too.
Make your mark on this school year with DIY custom notepads along with Precise and G2 pens from Pilot Pen.