DIY personalized notepaper {from brown paper packages}

by @according2kelly on September 4, 2011

for the entire month of september will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season…

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season all month long. yep! yep! 31 days of projects. so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the perfectly adorable, “how does she doe it all?”  kierste of brown paper packages. krieste writes…

Hello friends!  I’m Kierste, the girl behind brown paper packages, and I’m delighted to be a part of this holiday craft along!
 

I {love} to give personalized Christmas gifts.  There is just something about receiving a gift that you know was made just for you, and giving one is even more fun!

Personalized notepaper is actually one of my most favorite gifts to give, and the most requested from my mom. She {loves} to keep it by her phone, and every year we design her a new set.  It makes such a great gift because it’s so versatile, and can be given to anyone special in your life.  Parents, grandparents, teachers (HOW fun to have each child in the class sign their name for the design, with the teacher’s name at the top!!!), friends…the list goes on and on.
When I make it for my mom, I always have my kids do the design work.  However, depending on who it’s for, you could do it any way you like–using graphics, text, hand drawn art–that’s the beauty of it!   Once I made stationery (in a larger size) for my sister who was living away for a couple of years. She loved it, and so did we, when we received letters from her on paper designed by us!
This is such an easy project, and you don’t need many supplies–just a pen, some white paper, and a printer! The outcome is SO fun–anyone would love this gift!
ITEMS YOU NEED:
  • 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of white paper
  • pen
  • printer
  • your imagination!
DIRECTIONS:
1. Using a pencil, draw a line at the bottom of your paper, approximately 2-2 1/2 inches high. This is the area that you will place any artwork, etc.

2. Start creating! The space is yours! I give my kids the freedom to do what they like, but I make sure their name is included

3. Once that part is finished, completely erase the pencil line.
4. You could actually do this step first if you prefer, but it doesn’t really matter. (Unless the artwork at the bottom would be ruined going through the printer–then you would want to do this step first.) I also do it in this order, just in case someone wants to start over. This way I don’t have to keep printing out the words until I know they are ready to go. In Word (or other word processing software), type any text that you would like to be at the top of your notepaper, then print. I chose a different font for each child, and sized it to 16. You don’t want it to be too big, so you have plenty of space for the actual notepaper.

5. Now you’re ready for the printer! I use a local print shop, but I called first to make sure they made notepaper. I had them put four to a page, so 1/4 sheets. (25 copies = 100 pieces of notepaper) When I made stationery, I did 1/2 sheets instead, so they would be a little bigger. You can also use Staples, Office Max, or other large printing company–I would check around for prices first, since there can be a huge price difference from place to place. They are bound at the top, just like any other notepad you would find at the store, so the sheets just tear off the top.

Ta-da! The most darling notepaper ever!

Looking for other great gift and holiday ideas? How about personalized soap? or a recipe and printable for snowman soup? If you’re looking to spruce up or change out your Christmas stockings, then look here for the answer to my own stocking dilemma.  Stop on by brown paper packages…I’d love to have you!

 

for more great ideas visit krieste at her fun, fabulous (& yellow) blog brown paper packages. or follow her every move on facebook.

about krieste: Krieste is a mom of 5 kids–including two sets of twins. They are 12, 5, and 2. Like every mother out there, her life is super busy, but crafting is the way she enjoys her downtime, and is how she likes to relax.

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5 comments
Michele
Michele

But how did she get them cut? It says she did four to a page? Were they shrunk down? How did they get into individual notebooks? Did she do all of the printing herself and then just have them bound?

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

You can do it any size you like. If you are making small "note pads" she suggests having them printed 4 to a page - so yes, the page is shrunk down so 4 would fit on one page. the page is then cut into four separate sheets, & glue bound to create a notebook. she suggests calling different office supply stores & ensuring that the bind notepads, before going there!

Michele
Michele

No one I have called seemed to understand how the four to a page got cut? Was this done by the office supply store?

Caitlin
Caitlin

I love the idea of this, but I'm confused as to how the paper is bound into a notepad. Is that something Office Max does?

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

Yep! In Step 5 she says she sends it to a printing shop (like office max) and has them print & bind it. just make sure to ask if they make notepaper/ notepads!

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