Learn how to make a sweet mini notepad using chipboard and scrapbook paper! A fun customized gift that is perfect for the office, at home or on the go! Download my free SVG cut file and PDF pattern to create your own notepad!
Hello Crafty Friends! I’m excited to share this fun craft tutorial for making your own DIY mini notepads! They are so cute and they make taking notes and staying organized extra special. These notepads are created using chipboard and two sheets of scrapbook paper.
What I love the most about these little notepads, other than being inexpensive to make, is how easy it is to customize them. My mom created some as favors for my wedding shower using scrapbook paper that matched my wedding colors. A few years ago I made six notepads as thank you gifts for a costume shop I was working with. I created my own paper in Photoshop from vintage fashion images and used that to wrap the notepads. They were a great gift that I knew would be useful.
Below is the tutorial for how to make these notepads by hand using my PDF template. If you plan on using the SVG cut file, check out my tutorial on making Teacher Notepad Gifts where I use my Cricut cutting machine.
How to Make a Mini Notepad
- Template or SVG Cut file – Directions for accessing the free files at the end of this post.
- Chip board – I used .024″- 24 point chipboard by Clear Path Paper.
- I recommend using a chipboard with a thickness of around .024 to .032. With this thickness you should be able to cut it with a scissors. If you use a thicker chipboard option, you may need to cut the pieces slightly smaller to work with the pattern and use a craft knife.
- 3″ x 5″ notepads
- Decorative paper for cover and lining of book – thinner paper works well for the lining
- Adhesive: double-sided tape, tape runner, glue stick
- Paper trimmer and/or scissors
- Scoring board
- Optional: About 14″ of ribbon
Step by Step Tutorial
Step One: Use the printable pattern to cut out the notepad pieces.
Start by downloading and printing the pattern from my Resource Library. Cut out the pattern pieces and trace around them on the scrapbook paper. You will need to cut three pieces from decorative paper; the cover, lining, and topper (the paper that covers the top of the 3″x5″ notepad). I chose to cut my cover and topper out of the same paper but you could do this any way you like!
Use the template to cut three pieces from chipboard. In all you will have six pieces cut.
Step Two: Create the book cover for the notepad.
Start by scoring the book cover to make a spot for the spine. Score at 3.75″ and 4.25″ from the left edge. Fold along these lines.
Next, adhere the pieces of chipboard using a tape runner or double-sided tape. Position the spine in the center of the scored lines. Position the two board covers so they are lined up with the scored lines and the tabs.
Wrap the cover edges around the tagboard and glue in place. Start with the long tabs. Be sure to really hold these edges down until they are secure and do not peel up.
Repeat for the last two side tabs with diagonal edges.
Step Three: Adhere the lining.
Next, add the lining using an adhesive that is slightly reposition-able like a glue stick or some tape runners. Pre-score the lining. You can do this following the pattern lines, or I recommend laying the lining over the book and lightly marking with a pencil line where the score lines should go.
Adhere the lining starting with the spine and moving outwards. Make sure to close the book before the adhesive is set so the lining can shift. I used my scoring stylus to help press the lining into the scored lines and smooth it out.
*Tip: If you want to add ribbons to close the notepad, add them to your book before the lining. I added ribbon to some of my teacher notepads so the notebook could be held closed. Use two pieces of ribbon that are about 7″ long and adhere the ends to the book. Below is a picture from my teacher notepad tutorial.
Step Four: Wrap the top of the notepad with coordinating paper.
Start by scoring the topper, the piece that will wrap around the top of the 3″ x 5″ notepad. Score at 7/8″ and 1 1/8″ from one of the long edges.
Step Five: Add the notepad to the back book cover.
Use strong adhesive to attach the notepad to the back cover of the book. I used 1/2″ double-sided Scor Tape.
The notebook is all finished! Aren’t they cute! Perfect to carry in your purse or keep at your desk for quick notes or shopping lists. If you have fun making this notepad, be sure to check out my other DIY Handmade Notepad Tutorials including my animal-themed notepad patterns for a fox, sloth, owl and more!
How to Download the Files
Download the Free Files! This freebie is in my Resource Library. You’ll find the PDF under Paper Patterns, Notepads and the SVG cut file under SVG Cut Files, Paper Banners, Notepads and Decor. Enter your first name and email to get the password to download this file. You’ll also have a chance to sign up for my newsletter to receive fun craft tutorials, tips, updates and more FREE files to help make crafting something special and unique easier!