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I have a weakness for notepads and journals. My shelves are filled with them. I take a notepad with me wherever I go in case a creative thought pops into my head and I want to write it down. I also use notepads for my daily ‘To Do’ lists and for keeping track of other tasks that come up. Honestly, these days if I don’t write something down, I’ll totally forget what it was I needed to do.

Most of my notepads are colorful and pretty but sometimes I just jot down things on plain boring mini-notepads. You know. The kind that come in a pack that you can get at Target.


So, because I think everything should be pretty, I came up with a DIY project that’s insanely easy.

diy patterns

First, I created two different patterns — Retro Pink and Art Deco Blue (you can download both patterns at the end of this post). I then printed them out on Avery Full-Page True Block Shipping Labels.

Next, I cut out rectangles, each measuring 5″ x 2″.

pink cutouts

Lastly, I removed the protective backing from my cutouts and adhered each one (do this slowly) over the top of each notepad, covering up the binding on both the front and back sides. And that was it! Done!

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pink diy notepads

Obviously, you can use any pattern of your choice but small patterns work best for the 5″ x 8″ notepads shown here. This is an easy way to add some color to your everyday routine and you can also choose colors that will coordinate with your office decor.

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These also make great gifts and fun back-to-school items, especially for someone who’s headed off to college. It’s that time of year!

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Download the patterns shown in this post:

Retro Pink Pattern

Art Deco Blue Pattern

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4 Comments on Pretty DIY Custom Notepads

  1. Lani
    August 7, 2015 at 11:24 am (3 years ago)

    These are so super cute! can’t wait to make the retro pink ones! I love all of your ideas. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kelly
      August 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Lani! The pink ones are my favorite!

  2. Shauna
    August 7, 2015 at 11:27 am (3 years ago)

    Love these! And you’re right because those plain notepads are so boring. I will definitely try this! Great idea, Kelly!

    • Kelly
      August 7, 2015 at 12:12 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Shauna. It’s so much fun to turn something plain into something that’s pretty!


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