Make Your Own Memo Pad

Make Your Own Memo Pad with Crafty Secrets Vintage Typography CD

Hello Friends!

As promised, I’m back today to share a quick tutorial that will show you how to make your own memo pad with Crafty Secrets Vintage Typography CD and a couple simple supplies.  This is a quick make, so it’s the perfect item to make up and have on hand for last minute gifts…and if you are like me, you will want to keep one of these in your purse, on your desk and beside the phone at all times!  Here’s a peeky:

CS Memo book 01




















I began by printing out an 8″ square of the butterfly collage paper found in the Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Typography CD. I used canvas paper to print on for a couple of reasons.  One, I love the texture…it looks like a canvas, which is very cool!  Secondly, I love the durability of this paper…it is tough stuff…but easy to work with.  And three, it prints out beautifully! You can find this in a pad at most craft stores in the fine arts section.  It’s great for mixed media, too.

Butterfly memo tutorial 01Once I had printed my paper, I rounded the corners with a 1/2″ corner chomper.  Then I spritzed and spattered the papers with Tattered Angels Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist to increase the distressed look.  Next, I scored the paper at 4″ and creased it. to form my cover.  Then, I stitched around the cover on my sewing machine…just a simple straight stitch.

After this, I took 12 sheets of plain printer paper and trimmed them to 7 3/4″ square.  I found the center by folding in half, and then scored each sheet and rounded the corners.

Butterfly memo tutorial 02

Once this was done, I stacked all the papers on top of one another, making sure the crease was lined up perfectly.  Then I centered them inside the printed cover, and used alligator clips to hold them in place.  I stitched straight up the center crease…slooooowly, so my needle wouldn’t break…..from top to bottom.  I used my guillotine to trim off any overhang…and the hard part of the job was finished!

CS Memo book 02I lined the inside covers with more papers from the Vintage Typography CD.  If you look closely here, you can see the stitching.  That’s why you want to use canvas paper for the cover…it holds up to the sewing, but is a little bit porous, too, so it lets the needle through.

CS Memo book 01a

To decorate the cover, I ran three strips of 1/2″ Scor-Tape from the front edge all the way around to the edge of the back cover.  I cut a 14″ length of Brown Burlap Center Stitch Ribbon through the center, to act as a closure for the book.  Then I just added a strip of Birds on a Vine Natural Cotton/Linen ribbon above and below this.  A big wooden button was sewed on top to keep with the natural, botanical feel.  Then I cut the tag from our Adventure and Travel Cuts sheet, distressed and inked the edges .  I topped this with a pretty butterfly print from our Birds and Botanical Booklet.  I treated this with UTEE wrapped it with jute string and added a little charm.  Easy peasy!

Honestly, it took me longer to write this post than it took to make this little notebook!  I hope you’ll make your own memo pad with Crafty Secrets Vintage Typography!  It’s loads of fun!

Thanks for stopping by!



9 thoughts on “Make Your Own Memo Pad

  1. Sandy

    What a fabulous idea Kathy, the machine stitching looks cool and it’s perfect for holding everything together. I love the papers you used from CD 3 and how it looks printed on the canvas!

    Thanks for sharing

  2. carol

    Gorgeous Kathy, a beautiful notebook to add lovely thoughts too.
    Thank you again for all the inspiration you give . How generous you are with all the explanations to show how to achieve your projects.x

  3. barb macaskill

    LOVELOVELOVE this notebook! I am definitely going to be making two or three or ten of them! Great tutorial! TFS!

  4. Pattie Jns

    HI Kathy, clever lady, these are very pretty and so practical.I always keep on in my purse for notes and list, I seem to work with list a lot, budget works better. Afraid no sewing machine, but love the idea you inspired…..have a good week-end.

  5. Jen

    Oh Kathy, this is absolutely gorgious. I love beautiful notebooks. (Those that I think oooo do I really want to spoil it by writing in it

  6. Diane Hover

    Oh yes, this is fun…love all the beautiful papers you have used from Crafty Secrets and the sewing up the middle. Not sure what kind of machine you use to sew with, but those denim needles are “purdy sturdy” to sew with!! Anywho, another awesome project!!

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