Mother’s Day is this coming weekend and like a lot of people, I’ve been thinking up a few gift ideas. Most moms enjoy receiving pictures of their children and my mom isn’t alone there. Actually, now she prefers pictures of my daughter over pictures of me! I decided to combine this love of photos with my desire for my mom to be more organized and create customized photo note pads for her. What better way to remind a relative of a child of happy memories than by putting the child’s photo on his or her grocery list?
First, you will need to select the picture or pictures you would like to use for your note pad. You can either use the same picture over and over again or make each page a different one, it’s up to you! For this example, I used one photo for the entire pad. Once you have your picture selected, download our template and follow the step-by-step instructions included to replace our example photos with your photos. Print out as many of sheet #2 as you want to make your pad. I would suggest 10 sheets for a total of 30 pages for your note pad.
Use your paper trimmer or scissors to cut out the individual pages. Cut a piece of thin cardboard to the same size and put it on the bottom of the stack of papers. This backing will give your pad some stability.
Line up your cut pages and cardboard backing so that the tops are even. Add a plain sheet of paper to the top and bottom (to catch any drips) and then use binder clips to secure your stack together. Next, grab some of the padding compound that we sell in our Amazon store and paint a coat of it across the tops of your pages to seal them together into a notepad. For more detailed images and instructions on this step, check out Chica’s tutorial for making your own custom notepads.
After your pad dries, it is ready to be given as a gift. Or, you can add a magnetic strip to the back so that it can attach to the refrigerator. I just cut up one of the many business magnets I receive in the mail and glued it to the back of my pad.