filofax friday | notepad tutorial

Remember the last time you were out running errands and you need to jot something down? 

Happens to me all the time, but usually it's while I'm in the school pick-up line or even at school and one of my Mom friends reminds me about something. And often, someone asks me about my shop and I need more room to write than I have on the back of a business card.
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For our Filofax Friday this month, I want to share with you a Notepad Tutorial. 

DIY Notepad Tutorial
Different Filofax planners have different configurations and numbers of pockets and locations of those pockets. In my Personal sized Finsbury, it seemed the only place I could make a notepad work was the long, vertical pocket on the inside front cover. And for that I needed a notepad gummed on the side.

No luck in finding one, so I decided to try my hand at making my own. Here's a sample in my most favorite of all planners, my yellow Finsbury.

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  1. Design your notepad in your favorite word processing program. I included my logo at the top with my name, shop website and blog address at the bottom right and used a dotted yellow border on three sides.
  2. Print as many sheets as you desire, trim to size and neatly stack them.
  3. Trim a piece of chipboard. You can be thrifty and recycle a cereal or pasta box for this.
  4. Gather your white craft glue and clips or clothespins.
  5. Slather your edge {either top or side} with glue and clip as close to the glued area as possible without actually clipping over the glued area.
  6. After your edge has dried, glue again. Or at least I did, just to be sure of good adhesion. Leave the clips or clothespins in place until your glue has dried for the second time.
  7. Place in your planner and admire how crafty and resourceful you are!

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And here's how the notepad looks in my Personal sized ochre Malden. I could have added it to the inside front cover pocket as I did with my Finsbury, but I didn't want to cover up all those other pockets and the zipper pocket. To me, the inside back cover seemed the most logical place for a notepad. 

For the Malden, I used a traditional top bound notepad and it works wonderfully. 

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Free Notepad Download
Download your Side Bound notepad template for the Filofax Personal sized planners here.
Download your Top Bound notepad template for the Filofax Personal sized planners here.
More Filofax page printables here.

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  1. Replies
    1. Let me know if you give it a try, I'd like to take a peek at yours!

    2. I will tag you if I do, though I'm still without a printer and the only glue I have is pritt stick >.<

  2. What kind of glue is best to use?

    1. Hi Becks,
      I used a craft glue, but any white school-type liquid glue would work just as well. I think the trick is the second light coat of glue after the first coat has dried.

      Have fun!

    2. Excellent thanks for the great tip ;-)


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