I love making lists. I tried a few list-making apps on my phone, but nothing beats the feeling of scratching a completed task off a piece of paper. I’m old fashioned I guess. I prefer long skinny notepads for my to do lists, but since those are hard to come by I made my own 4.25″ x 11″ notepad (the perfect list-making size). You can download my design to print, and follow the instructions below to make your own notepad!
pdf file to print (download it here—for personal use only please)
8.5 x 11 paper
a piece of chipboard cut to 4.25″ x 11″ (you could cut up and reuse a cereal box)
1. Open the pdf file in Adobe Reader and make sure your printer is loaded with paper. Click print. In the print dialog box make sure “page scaling” is set to “none.” Print a test page to make sure everything is aligned properly. If you cut the page in half vertically you should have one to do list centered on each half. (Home printers often print slightly crooked due to the way the paper feeds through the machine, so your lines may be a bit slanted on the page. Don’t worry about it—it won’t hinder your list-making!)
2. If you are satisfied with your test print, go ahead and print half as many pages as you’d like in your notepad. I printed twenty 8.5″ x 11″ pages so that my notepad would contain forty individual sheets.
3. Cut the printed 8.5″ x 11″ pages exactly in half vertically, so you end up with 4.25″ x 11″ to do list sheets.
4. Stack the 4.25″ x 11″ sheets on top of your chipboard. Holding the notepad upside down, tap the top edge on a table until all the edges are perfectly aligned. Clip one clothespin to each side of the top of the notepad to hold the pages together.
5. Spread glue on the top edge of the notepad. I squeezed glue onto my finger and smoothed it onto the paper. Make sure all the edges are coated with glue, but be careful not to use too much or the paper will ripple. It doesn’t take much. After gluing, use the remaining two clothespins to clamp the center (see photo).
7. Let the glue dry and remove the clothespins. Don’t leave the pins on for too long, or they may leave indentions in the paper.
8. Make lists to your heart’s content!