How to Make Picture-Perfect Pads of Paper
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iPhones and Crackberries are all very well, what with their apps and widgets and electronic functionality.
But there are moments in life when the prosaic pressed-pulp appeal of proper paper is preferred.
For those particular purposes, we proudly present these paper pads, complete with pictures on the cover.
Fabricate a few fetching folios with photos of your friends, or pair them with pencils to make pleasant presents!
You’ll swoon for these sleek stacks of stationery sheets, so let’s get started!
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What You’ll Need
- Two 4″x6″ vertical photo prints
- Assorted types of paper (lined paper, graph paper, colored paper, etc.)
- Paper cutter or X-acto knife and ruler
- Two binder clips or clothespins
- White glue (like Elmer’s)
- Stack of heavy books (optional)
Step 1: Trim Paper to Size
Keep cutting until you have a stack of paper about 1/4″ thick.
Step 2: Glue Stack of Paper
Clamp the stack together with binder clips to keep it nicely lined up.
Apply glue to the evened-up short edge of the stack. Smear the glue evenly over the surface with your finger.
If any glue gets on the face of the pages, just wipe it away with your finger.
Step 3: Glue It Again
The glue layer should be nice & thick. Unclamp the stack and ruffle it to see if any pages come loose. If they do, apply another good layer of glue and let it dry.
Place a print, face out, on the top and bottom of the stack and re-clamp with the binder clips.
Step 4: Make a Paper Strip
Cut a strip of decorative paper 4″ long and about 3/4″ to 1″ wide.
Apply a thin layer layer of glue to the paper strip, smearing it over the whole surface with your fingertip.
Step 5: Glue Strip Onto Stack
Line the paper strip up over the center of the spine, then bend one side down so it folds over the front cover of the notepad.
Smooth the strip onto the photo with your finger, then bend the other side of the paper strip onto the back cover and smooth that down.
If excess glue gets on the face of the photos, wipe it away with your finger or a damp paper towel.
Step 6: Let it Dry
Dump a big stack of books on top of the notepad (or put the clips back on so they hold the strip in place) and let the glue dry completely.
That’s it! See? Easy!
Want a wee little mini notepad? Use Instax photos instead!
Cut a stack of paper to the size of the instant photos (which conveniently happens to be the same exact size as a credit card),
Then follow all the steps the same way as above. Just make the paper strip a bit narrower (about 1/2″) so it doesn’t cover too much of the tiny photo on the cover.
- Use horizontal photos instead of vertical ones to make a landscape-format notepad.
- Bind the long edge to make a vertical journal-type book.
- If you can get your hands on some Polaroids, turn them into notepad covers!
- Use square pictures and a thick stack of paper to make a desktop notecube.