It started with the gnomes. And then it ends up like this. We’re on Day 4 of the Gnome Takeover Craft Party and it’s been rocking. These Gnomes really know how to craft happy. The project they have today is maybe the surprise hit of the week. I really didn’t know how it would look when the idea first came. And ideas that sneak in like that often don’t work out as well as you imagine. But of all the things that we’ve made so far this week, this tear-off memo pad is one of the absolute easiest and is very giftable. Especially for a secret Santa exchange at the office, or school. The supplies are simple, and the skill level is pretty much nil. And the cute factor? Let’s just say- on a scale of one to gnome it’s a solid eleven. So if you’re looking for an easy handmade gift (and who isn’t?) you’ll love this tutorial for how to make a diy tear-off memo pad for Christmas!
1/2020 This is a Christmas project post created for my Gnome Craft Party Takeover and since I published it I’ve been getting a lot of interest in how to make a DIY Memo Pad. So I created an updated post with new printables and a YouTube tutorial on it that you can watch![embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-Wp0sLpnMY[/embedyt]
If you’d like to see the post that goes with this video, it’s How to Make a DIY Tear-Off Memo Pad. BUT if you’d like to continue on with your Gnome journey then read on!
How to Make a Tear-Off Memo Pad Christmas To-do List
Supplies and Materials
- Gnome Holiday Memo Pad Printable, from the Creative Resource Library.
- Home Printer with Paper (OR you can take it to a copy store).
- Chipboard cut from an old sketchbook or cereal bowl to match the size of the memo pads.
- Binder clips
- Glitter Mod Podge
- Foam brush
- Extra cardstock to wrap around the top of the pads.
Step One: Download the Printable
First, download and then print off the Gnome Holiday Memo Pad Printable from my Creative Resource Library.
Step Two: Cut the pages to size.
Cut the pages in 3 sections, each 1/3 of the printable sheet, as shown in the photo.
Step Three: Prep the Pad
Stack the pages, making sure that the top edge is completely flat. Your goal is to make sure you have a tight “block” of paper at the top edge of your pad.
The block is important because you want the glue to swipe across the top of it. You do not want the glue to drip down between the pages. That would cause them to stick together more than you want them to.
To accomplish this, you could use a book press, or you can use binder clips and a piece of cardstock. You can see the picture below how I wrapped a piece of cardstock around the top to add a more even pressure all the way around. Then add binder clips at each side, but then a couple on top as well. These I have up and off the edge a little so that they don’t mess up the glue.
Step Four: Glue the Edge.
Looking online, there seem to be all kinds of different glues that work for this. Many sites recommend PVA or a type of rubber cement. I was all out of both. So off to Michael’s! But as I was looking at all the choices in the adhesives aisle I realized I could just use Mod Podge. And then I saw ✨ Extreme Glitter Mod Podge✨. And it worked great, plus it gives the project that little extra something that always makes my heart happy.
To apply, get a little of the Mod Podge on a foam brush. Then just swipe it across the top of the block. Let dry. This took about 10 ten minutes. After testing this out I think I would do a second application after the first dries- making sure I got the two ends.
And you’re done!!!
It really is the little things sometimes. Peeling the first sticker off a sheet that you designed is really a small thrill. And I felt the same thing as I tore off that first page of this memo pad. The sound is just satisfying and reminds me of movies with waitresses snapping their gum and tearing off their order sheets for the cook. It gives me the feeling that I’m getting the job done. It’s just satisfying. ? It’s crazy the associations we hold that we maybe don’t realize we have. If you try this project, I’d love to know if you have the same feeling of satisfaction when you tear off that first page.
It Makes a Great Gift
Not only is it super fun and a little counter-cultural to make and use things that are handmade, hand-drawn, and decidedly not mass-produced (or found at Target or Walmart), but it’s fun to GIVE those things as well. So I played around with little gift packaging ideas using the Gnome gift tags from my last post and the Gnome Stickers I posted earlier this week. I think they turned out SUPER cute! What do you think?
So one more quick tip. If you were to make these as a gift, it helps to know how many pages per pad to print. I used about 10 sheets (so 30 pages once cut) for my memo pad. Rather than use up even more ink from my printer I saved the PDF file to my phone and then went over to my local Fed Ex Office (which I still think of as Kinko’s) and used their print and go feature. It worked slick, but it lacked the convenience of home. For the chipboard backing, I just recycled the back of an old sketchbook. You could use a notebook or packaging material. You can also purchase chipboard in different thicknesses at a hobby or craft store near you. The heavier the chipboard is, the more substantial the end product feels. Which adds perceived value.
For MORE Gnome Inspiration…
So I always like to include some extra inspiration for all who’ve read this far. As a bonus to Gnome Week I’ve collaborated with 5 other craft bloggers who have each posted their own Gnome projects. There’s something for every type of crafter!
5 MORE Gnome Craft Party Projects and Files!!!
- TWO Gnome Pop-Up Cards by Minor DIY
Gnome Refridgerator Magnetsby Craft Room Organization (2/21- link doesn’t work anymore.)
- “Just Hanging with my Gnomie” Iron-On by My Scrap Menagerie
- Adorable Gnome Design Bundle by Maggie Rose Design Co.
- Gnome Coffee Cup Cozy by Well Crafted Studio (me!)
- Gnome Treat and Gift Card Box by Paper Glitter Glue
I could go on and on about HOW CUTE all these Gnome crafts are and HOW TALENTED the designers are who made them, but instead I would LOVE it if you clicked on the links above and checked them out yourself. And don’t forget to come back all week to see what else the Gnomes have planned for their Craft Party Takeover!!!!
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