This tutorial details how I create covered notepads - these sell well at my local artisan market to customers wanting them for gifts, and for themselves! There are many, many ways to cover notepads; this is my method.
Design highlight: the lined notepad is easily removable and can be replaced with a new pad quickly.
Notebooks are designed to fit Papertrey's lined notepads that measure 2.5 x 8 inches, 25 sheets each.
Papers and embellishments - I'm using Doodlebug's Happy Harvest line today.
Apply adhesive to edges and fold patterned paper over cardboard.
Adhere two strips of 1/2 inch red-line tape about one inch from the top and bottom.
Cut two, 5-inch lengths of elastic ribbon, adhere one end to middle of tape and wrap around covered cardboard piece - meeting ends in the middle neatly as shown. Set aside.
Score a 6 x 8 piece of patterned paper at 2.75 and 3.25 inches.
Add two lengths of 2.5 inch wide Scor-Tape from edge to edge.
Adhere to covered cardboard piece one at a time - easiest to do as shown in photo above, for lining everything up.
If you flip the unit over at this point this is what you see.
Adhere other covered cardboard piece, flip over and this is what you have.
Slip a notepad behind the elastic ribbon loops - how nice!
Ready to doodle!...okay let's do the front.
Adhere a 2.5 x 4.5 inch piece of coordinating patterned paper to notebook front (this is optional) as a design element (see finished notebook at top of post for a better visual). Affix one Basic Grey magnet to notebook front about half-way down, near the edge as shown.
Score a piece of 8-5/8 x 1-1/8 inch patterned paper at the following inch marks: 2.75, 3.25, 6, 6.5, 7-5/8.
Taper end for a professional look, fold under and adhere just the tapered section under. It simply creates a finished edge.
You will eventually adhere the magnet mate directly beneath this finished end. I recommend completing the next steps below first, then positioning (not adhering yet) the second magnet on top of the first using a scrap piece of cardstock to separate the magnets. Apply Glossy Accents to second magnet. Press finished end of strip into the Glossy Accents and press firmly. Use scrap cardstock to carefully lift (and separate the magnets) the finished end of the strip up and away, continuing to press second magnet into the strip until adhesive has dried.
My 'scrap-cardstock-piece-method' of adhering the magnets prevents the second magnet from getting accidentally glued to the notebook front.
Apply a strip of one-inch wide Scor-Tape to the cardstock strip on the side away from the tapered end, leaving the finished end and next, small section free of adhesive. Adhere strip starting at the notebook front, covering the magnet already in place, working around to the back, lining it all up.
Unless you don't mind 'naked buttons' dress them up with a length of burlap string or waxed cord - I recommend avoiding knots - this allows the button to lay flat. Use a Craft Glue Dot to hold the string ends versus a knot.
(photo is looking at notebook back) Apply a drop of hot glue to finished strip end...
...and adhere (the non-naked - lol) button. The second magnet should now be adhered to the strip directly under the button as mentioned above.
Add a focal point to the front upper portion of the notebook. This is a Happy Hedghog doodlepop from the Happy Harvest line.
I usually take a random leftover strip of patterned paper - 7 inches in length is preferred - wrap around two additional lined notepads and adhere strip to itself - these replacement pads accompany the covered notebook.