Guest Post: Sweet Anne Designs

Hello everyone, my name is Kayla and I’m from Sweet Anne Handcrafted Designs. I’m a graphic designer, and I work for a non-profit. I’ve been married 8 months and I LOVE to make things!
Thanks a bunch to Amy for allowing me to share this project with you!
I wear a lot of hats in life, which means a lot of “juggling the panic” and staying on top of a bunch of things at once. In order to do that, I write lists. They’re on envelopes, post-it notes, scraps of paper- anything I can reach when I realize I have to jot something down. Lately, I’ve been trying to organize a little better, and I’ve come up with this little doo-dad that seems to do the trick.
Try it out and let me know! This tutorial will walk you through creating your own to-do list tear off paper pad. Its super easy, and no one will guess you made it yourself! Think of the gift possibilities for all the busy women in your life!

What You Need:

  • Letter sized paper (try a colored variety!)
  • The template
  • Printer
  • Way of cutting paper in half. (I used a rotary cutter, but you could use scissors carefully, or try a local copy shop. They usually offer cutting services for around $2.00)
  • Backing material. (This can be the back of an old notebook, the wall of a cereal box, or chip board from your local scrapbook store. Mine came as packaging from a recent shipment of paper I ordered. )
  • Modge Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Clamps or clips

How to make it:

  1. First, print out the template, about 10 copies. (Remember to set your print to “range: 2-3″ so not to reprint the instructions each time.)
  2. Cut the pages is half, so the finished product is 8.5×5.5in.
  3. Separate the different designs into stacks. (“What a day is today,” “Keep calm, carry on, ” “By order of the Queen”, “One to-do list at a time”.)
  4. Arrange the pages in a pleasing order. I did one of each, then repeat. So there weren’t two of the same next to eachother.
  5. Cut the backing material to 8.5×5.5in.
  6. Stack the pages on top of the backing paper. Be sure to tap the stack onto a flat surface until the sides and top of each page are flush. Clip or clamp in place near the top.
  7. At the top of the pad, spread a medium coat of Modge Podge, careful not to get any on the sides. Let dry.
  8. Repeat step 7 three or four times.
  9. Allow to set for 24 hours to be sure its dry!

Oh. my. gosh.  How cool is that, guys?  Thank you SO much, Kayla, for sharing this fun project with us and for the free template!  I am so printing this out right now!  I’m forever looking for something to write my lists on.  And who knew my beloved Mod Podge could hold a notepad together?  Honestly, is there anything it can’t do?  Do you think if I write to Mod Podge headquarters they’d let me be their poster girl?
Well, anyway, thanks again to Kayla for visiting us today; be sure to pop by Sweet Anne Designs and tell her how much you enjoyed this tutorial!  And while you’re there, you can see my post about how to make this little pretty…yes, I know, Christmas already {don’t be a hater}.
Happy crafting!


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12 comments on Guest Post: Sweet Anne Designs

  1. Carrie @ My Favorite Finds
    October 26, 2011 at 11:52 AM (4 years ago)

    Your last sentence is cute. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one thinking of Christmas already. Today’s Pinterest Favorites is these cute Advent calendars I found. I love this tear off pad! It’s so very cute.

  2. Jamie
    October 26, 2011 at 1:23 PM (4 years ago)

    Are you *serious* you can make NOTEPADS with modge podge?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!??!? I need to get aboard this train NOW! {Christmas gift ideas are swirling around in my head!}

    Thanks so much for sharing the project and the free template, Kayla!

    You can come on over to my blog and link up to Whatever Wednesday if you want – there are no rules! Just fun. :o)

    For Love of Cupcakes

  3. MiMi
    October 26, 2011 at 3:33 PM (4 years ago)

    I’m thinking Christmas! CUTE!

  4. Katie@MyDarlingDays
    October 26, 2011 at 8:14 PM (4 years ago)

    Such a creative idea! Great job Kayla… heading over to her blog now to check our yet purdy lil Christmas craft :)

  5. Ruth
    October 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM (4 years ago)

    Love this. Thanks for the template. It is so cute. I love writing lists and all kinds of stationary.

  6. Kelly
    October 31, 2011 at 7:18 PM (4 years ago)


  7. Carrie @ My Favorite Finds
    November 3, 2011 at 4:56 PM (4 years ago)

    My best friend makes these, and she calls them “Love Ledgers” because she and her daughter decorate and personalize the top for loved ones.

  8. Rose
    November 7, 2011 at 11:30 PM (4 years ago)

    Such a great idea! I had no idea that you could do this with Modge Podge either. Thanks for the template and awesome instructions.

  9. Judy Nolan
    March 25, 2012 at 6:43 AM (4 years ago)

    I would never have guessed that this would work. Terrific idea!


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