a tutorial: making notepads

Over the past year I’ve gotten a lot of requests for personalized notepads, which I always thought I’d need to have done at a print shop, so I never offered them. But a few weeks ago I learned from the very kind and generous Kelli at The Hootie Coo Card Company that I could make them myself (easily!) so I began offering them on my website.

They’ve been selling pretty well, and today I thought I’d photograph the process and put together a little tutorial. So here’s what I do…

First I cut an 8.5″ x 11″ chipboard sheet into fourths for the backs of the notepads (my notepads measure 4.25″ x 5.5″).
Then I print the design 4-per-page on 24-lb 8.5″ x 11″ paper and cut those into fourths.Next I stack 40 sheets of paper on top of each chipboard sheet and top each notepad with a blank page (so the top page doesn’t get messed up).

I had considered buying a padding press like this one, but I decided to just use some heavy books or something similar to weigh the pads down until I see how well these sell.

Next I just brush on a couple of coats of padding compound, letting it dry completely in between coats.
Once the final coat is dry I gently peel apart the notepads and peel off the blank top sheet…

add a Sarah & Abraham sticker to the back…
and package them in a clear plastic sleeve… easy-peasy!