Saturday, December 8, 2012

Post-It Note Book Gifts!



I don't have a stellar memory so Post-it notes are a way of life for me. What I do have, is a love of books. I am a book enthusiast. I enjoy reading books, writing, buying, selling and collecting books, and I love making books. When I came upon a way to make Post-it notes into a little book, I was delighted.

Arnold Grummer, master of all things paper making and paper crafting, offers an inexpensive, fun and easy way to get started making your own sticky note notebooks at http://arnoldgrummer.com

These are great gifts for men or women, super stocking stuffers, teachers, nurses, and office staff everywhere appreciate them. They sell at craft fairs, and online at websites like http://www.etsy.com priced anywhere from $3.00-$20.00+ depending on how fancy and embellished they are. They keep your Post-its safe and warm, travel well, and are refillable (glue stick required).

Here's what you'll need to get started making Post-it Note Books:
  • 2 pieces of light-weight scrapbook paper - not heavy, thick or card stock because it needs to bend easily without buckling or gapping.
  • 3"x3" Post-it notes - 100 note size
  • Glue stick 
  • Scissor
  • Book board or something similar to it for hard cover.
  • Templates
  • Pencil 
Next you trace the book cover template and the book liner template on to the back of the corresponding scrapbook paper, then cut out the book cover and liner.
*Tip - I usually trace a few at a time and cut them all out at once so I can make several books at one time.
Apply glue using a glue stick to the entire surface of one side of one book board and place it glue side down on the blank side of the book cover paper as shown. Now do the same thing to the other square book board. When the two square book boards are in place it will be easier to properly place the glued book board spine in the middle of them. Then gently flip the whole thing over and smooth the surface with your finger to even out the glue.
*Tip - Put some wax paper, or a paper towel under your project to keep glue off your table.

Now apply glue stick to the two long flaps first (one at a time) and fold them over the book boards. Run your fingernail down the length of the edge and smooth over the paper with your finger. Next, do the same thing to the short sides.


You can now apply glue to the entire back of the rectangular paper book liner. Then center it glue side down over the unfinished side of the cover. Glue doesn't set up quickly so you can move it a bit if needed. Then smooth over with your finger. Let the glue dry for a bit then gently score the joint on either side of the spine with your fingernail - paper should NOT gap at the top and bottom when you fold the book cover. Wow, your little book is taking shape! 
You're almost done! All you have to do now is cover the back of the Post-it pad with glue, or double sided tape and center it on your right hand side, close the book and put it under something heavy for a few hours, or overnight till the glue is dry.



Congratulations! You just made a book!

Have lots of fun and let your creativity run wild with this project. Feel free to embellish the cover, pick any and every color and design of scrapbook paper, and involve your kids if you have some hanging around - they love to trace and glue!

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2 comments:

  1. In your hands, a post-it note pad becomes a masterpiece. Really lovely books, Jana.

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    1. Thank you! Love our design team - always encouraging :)

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