Stamped Notepads

These little notepads are fun and easy to make. You need a few supplies that you probably don’t have on hand. I’m using folding cards from Paper-Source. I bought mine in the store, online they seem to only offer a silver color. I’m sure you could find something similar to use, or make your own from thicker cardstock. The other main thing you will need is large Post-it notes. I’ve use recycled super sticky Post-it’s for my notebooks. Now you just need some colored paper, brads, a glue stick, and your rubber stamps.

Folding cards for your cover
Some supplies

The first thing you should do is measure a piece of paper for your front cover. I prefer to stamp onto a piece of paper rather than directly onto the cover. In addition to that larger piece, you will need to cut two strips of paper, either the same color or a complementary color to your design. These strips of paper will go across the bottom, on the front and back. The front strip gets glued down before you insert the brads, and the back strip will be glued on to cover up the brads on the backside. The brads are used to keep the bottom edge together which allows you to keep the cover closed, like a matchbook. Once you have your design stamped, you can glue that to the cover. I’ve added my Created by Jess stamp to the back of my notebooks.

Inside the notebook

To make these re-usable, I’ve chosen to fill them with super sticky Post-it notes. I divided each post it note pad into three sections. That gives about thirty notes per book, anymore and it would be too thick to close the cover. The great part is, the Post-it’s won’t leave a messy residue, when you run out, just stick some more inside!

Gossiping owls
Back of notebook
Bass Cat Notebook
Saxophone Cat Notebook
Tattoo themed rubber stamps decorate this cover

Rubber Stamp Masking Trick

A few years ago I learned a neat trick for making layers with rubber stamped images. This is a really easy and fun way to give dimension to your designs. You can use stamps you already own to come up with fresh new ideas. The best part is you don’t need to buy anything special, all you need for this trick is a post-it note!

Masking – step one

The first thing you stamp is going to be the top layer of your final image. I chose this word stamp for a Valentine card I’m making. Using black ink I stamped the image onto my white paper and also stamped it onto a post-it note. When you stamp on the post-it, get as close as you can to the top so that your image is over the sticky part of the paper, stamp on the not sticky side.

Masking – step two

Now you should cut out your post-it note to the outline of your stamp. In this case, I will not be stamping anything below the original stamp so I don’t need to cut it out completely. Place your post-it cut out, called a mask, over the original stamp so that it covers it and sticks to your paper.

Masking – step three

The next stamp you use is going to look like it was stamped first and is behind the original stamp. I have chosen a little robot with a heart. I inked my robot in red. Using clear acrylic blocks and clear stamps is the easiest way to get great results. However, with a little practice and maybe a couple mistakes, you can use your wood mounted stamps as well. Now that your second stamp is inked up, line up the image over the original stamp and when you have it where you want it press down. You can see in the picture on the right that the robot stamp left some ink on the post-it note. If you had not cut out a mask, you would have a pretty unattractive image with overlapping stamps.

Masking – step four

Peel away your mask and reveal a clean image. See how the robot is standing behind the lettering? Pretty cool, huh?! I finished stamping my image and colored in a couple spots with gel pen. I used a little red brad to attach the arrow so that it moves back and forth on the meter. I mounted the white paper image onto a card covered in red paper with metallic red hearts.

Robot Valentine Card

I finished the card by stamping ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ inside. This card is cute and interactive, the best part, a professional looking image. Enjoy!

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