I started with card stock that is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ and put the 8 1/2″ length in the score board and score it at 4″ and 4 1/2″. This is the outside cover. You’ll need some scraps for the accessories for your notepad cover. I used Halloween type papers..
Trim two papers to 3 7/8″ wide and 5 3/8″ tall, for the front and back covers, plus one more piece 5 3/8″ tall x 3/8″ wide, making sure your pattern goes in the same direction as the two papers you just cut. This is the center piece for the outside cover. Cut another decorated paper to 4 3/4″ wide by 3 1/2″ high, then leaving your paper on the 3 1/2″ on your paper trimmer, turn it on an angle in the trim bar, and trim off the top on an angle. You’ll want to score three sides at 3/8″ (except the angled side, leave that alone)..Score it on the back of the side of the paper you want as the front so you fold it correctly and it doesn’t crack.
Craft Chameleon sells “ugly tape” tear tape for 99 cents a roll and I bought a lot of it as it’s a great bargain because you get a lot of it.
I used tear tape on the back of the 3/8″ wide strip and take the backing off of it and add a small amount of wet glue to make sure it stays well adhered. Take your 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ cardstock that is scored at 4 and 4 1/2″ and lay the thin piece between the two score lines. Then take the two pieces you cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 3/8″ and put tear tape on the back of them and add some wet glue to ensure they stay on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ sheet, as these will cover the front and back cover of your note pads.
You’ll need two mini writing tablets from the Dollar Tree (they come in packs of five) as well as a pack of five gel pens by Jot from Dollar Tree. You’ll separate the writing tablets, making sure you have a piece of cardboard underneath each pad you use. You will want to use thicker card stock (any you would use for a card base, that is 1 1/4″ high by 6″ long , and wrap it around the cardboard backing for your note pad leaving a small gap on one side, so you’ll be able to slide the notepad out of it to replace it when your pad is empty. Trim the length, so that each side has about 1 – 1 1/2″ cardstock wrapped around the back, then put tear tape on the flaps that face you.. I added wet glue to the flaps and then press them into the inside of my notepad cover. Do the same for the second pad and make sure they are centered and near the top of the cover and both lined up so they appear to be the same distance from the top and insert a pen into the center between the two pads..
I took the piece of cardstock that we cut and scored to make a pocket, and folded under my scored edges, and cut out the bottom corners so it looks professional, add tear tape to the folded up bottom then fold the sides onto the bottom piece and put tear tape on the folded sides (as well as wet glue) and adhere it to the back outside of the cover. The top is angled, so there is a piece of backing that will show, and you’ll want to cut that off before adhering it to the back.
Next, make bookmarks to match. Use 2″ wide by 4″ long scraps and a tag maker punch…If you don’t have a tag maker punch, you’ll want to snip off the top right corner on an angle, and put that piece on the left top corner as a template, and cut the cardstock at the edge of the template, then punch a hole in the center to create a tag. I use thin satin ribbon that’s about 3″ long and fold it in half, push the folded ribbon through the center hole and then pull the free ends through the loop and pull. Snip the ends to make them look angled and use some wet or hot glue to put under the loop to hold the ribbon in place.
To embellish paper clips, I take a small silicone rose mold from Amazon Prime $4.19
or Aliexpress $1.02 https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4-Pink-Rose-Shape-Cake-Mold-Cooking-Tools-Christmas-Decoration-Silicone-Mold-Fondant-DIY-Wedding-Cake/32771795658
I use LA Colors eye shadow in white, and a paint brush and rub the inside of the silicone mold and then fill the mold with hot glue and shove a plastic covered long paper clip into the hot glue while it’s wet, and hold it in place until it is a little bit cooled, maybe 20 seconds. Let the paperclips sit in the mold until the are cooled. Wipe off any excess eye shadow.. To create a holder for the paper clips, use a 1 1/2″ wide strip of matching card stock and score the length at 3/4″ (fold it in 1/2 and glue to make a strong fold), then score on either ends at 1/4″, fold under and add tear tape/wet glue and adhere it to the front of the notepad cover. Don’t glue it tightly to the cover, as you’ll want to attach the paper clips to it..I use two paper clips on the front and one, clip to the back pocket and put a page of the pad in the back pocket with a bookmark and paperclip. Decorate the front as desired.