Sunday, November 21, 2010

Home made note pads for Teacher's gift

My childrens' teachers have asked for a donation be made to a local charity in lieu of gifts this Christmas. I am overjoyed that the school has decided to do this but I know how much my kids love to give their teachers Christmas gifts. So I have decided to make something with my guys so they can give to their teachers in addition to the donation we will make.

Last year I saw on a blog someone made note pads for their teachers with "A note from Mrs. Smith" at the top of each page. (I am sorry I cannot for the life of me remember what blog this is from...if it is yours please let me know so I can give you credit) The process to make these note pads is extremely easy and cost nothing if you have the supplies on hand, like I did.

Materials needed:
Printer paper (15 sheets)(I used resume paper)
Card stock paper (1 sheet)
Rubber Cement glue

Method:  Sorry the photos aren't great; I am doing this in the evening.

Create a Word document and separated the page into 4 equal sections. You can either create 4 'text boxes' or divide the page into 2 columns and hit enter a lot :).

I typed "A note from Miss Smith" for my daughter's English teacher and "Une note de Mlle Smith" for her French teacher.

I made three lines around the text to make it look like the lines in a note book (you know the solid lines with the dotted line in between).
 I then cut the pages into 4 equal sections using a paper cutter (each page ends up being 4.25 inches by 5.5 inches).
Stack the pages so they line up perfectly on the top. I put one piece of card stock on the top and bottom and then (IMPORTANT) one blank page on the top and bottom. The blank page will be removed at the end but this allows you to get a good amount of glue on the seam without worrying about getting it on the cover. Clamp on both sides of the pad with butterfly clips.

Using the Rubber Cement, glue the top of the pad with 5 or 6 thin layers of glue. After each layer I move the clips to the top of the page to make sure the pages are pressed tightly together. I have used old cards to get a good seal.
 Once dry you can put a piece of ribbon across the glue seam if you would like. Remove the extra blank page on the top and the bottom. 
 Have your child draw on the covers something special for their teacher
 Wrap the notepad with a ribbon and you are done!

What do you think?


  1. As a teacher- that is FABULOUS! Cute, meaningful, and very practical.
    As a mom, that is totally something that I can make :).
    Love it and thank you for sharing!!!

  2. As a (former) third grade teacher I think this is just a super cute gift. And, even better, it is home'handmade.

  3. What a fantastic idea - thanks!

  4. Awesome! I love this idea. I am a teacher but I might actually use this for my fellow teachers!

  5. I've been thinking about attempting something like this, but have always seen instructions for using padding compound and we just can't get that over here. rubber cement I can get. Is it a bit of a stinky process, using the rubber cement?

  6. LOVE this idea - thanks so much. Totally wishing I had some rubber cement around the house :)

  7. Great idea!!!! I'm blog hopping and found your blog. I'm a new follower. Would love for you to check out my blog and follow back!

  8. I also want to make some note pads. I'm glad to know rubber cement will work, I wasn't sure if it would!
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  9. So cute! I love this idea! Please come link up!

  10. Very cute teacher gift, thanks for sharing!

  11. I love this idea. It's so simple but useful and personal at the same time.

  12. Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing it on Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :)

  13. Cute and useful. I can second with your kid's teacher. Most of what kids bring us is not useful. I hate to admit this, but never, never would I eat something from someone I don't know well. I don't drink coffee and don't know many tachers that do. I hate teacher apple things. We also have style. Not everyone is wearing those awful teacher dresses. Gift cards are the best teacher gift.

  14. This is so much fun, and you're right-- so easy to make! I made something similar but with post-it notes that I have on my blog. I'd love for you to check it out! I'm a new follower. Will you follow me back?

  15. love these, i was just thinking I needed some new note pads with my kids names on them, now I know how to do it myself.

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  17. I did this last year but used gel glue that dries clear and then placed the notepads between wax paper and stacked heavy books on top of them. Great minds think alike!!!!

  18. I'll never made anithing like these for a teacher. Great idea!


  19. I read you blog regularly and I've always wanted to know what the gorgeous font is that you used on this project?

  20. Hi J.C. I believe the font was called BonnieN . I opened the file I used to create these and it appears I have lost the font in a computer transfer but it still maintained the name. I tried to find this font online and was not able to. Sorry this isn't much help.

  21. Thank you so much for the Tute! I tried, I loved it, I gave it away! Thank you so much for making my holidays have more "homemade holidays" to them!


  23. I LOVE THIS! Using this for a favor at my daughter's art party! I couldn't find note pads good for 5 yr olds at the art/craft store. Perfect!!!!

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