Thursday, August 13, 2015

Listers gonna list!

I'm a big fan of making lists but I hate the store-bought notepads with their insipid designs and lack of vibrancy. For something that stays put on your fridge almost all the time, it surely deserves a 'character', you'd agree? So, I took it upon myself to make my very own magnetic notepad. And the process was super fun!

First things first, decide what dimensions you'd like your notepad to be. I decided to go with a palm-sized notepad because it's not heavy, not too tiny and looks just about right when stuck on the fridge. With your choice of dimensions, flex your arms, wiggle your fingers and get working in Photoshop.

I didn't start with any concrete idea except that I wanted my design to look colourful and vibrant. I also wanted a design that would look handmade. So, I went back to the drawing board, literally, and scribbled a few flowers and leaves. After colouring them in ink, I scanned them in and started playing around in Photoshop.

Once I was happy with the design, I created a simple template for the notepad. If you're wondering how to go about it, here's one idea: open a fresh PSP document in A4 size, place copies of your notepad design such that you create a 2x2 grid on the A4 document, include 1-2 cm margins on each border of the four notepads (use the Ruler feature in Photoshop for doing this), save the A4 document as a PDF and voila!

You can then get as many prints as you'd like of your A4-sized PDF. I went with 10 copies, which translates to 40 pages since I had 4 design copies on one A4 page. Hope this is not confusing!

From here on, I'll let the images do most of the talking.

The tools you'd need: Ruler, Pencil, Paper Cutter, Binder Clips and Transparent strong-hold glue

The prints after being trimmed

Stacked and ready
Ensure all pages are aligned perfectly, make the stack stand vertically, apply glue on the top portion to bind all pages together and finally fix two more binding clips (on the top) to help the glue stick faster and more evenly
Paste a chipboard or cardboard to the last page in the stack and then stick a magnet on the inside of the cardboard. Here, I have taken the help of a soft cushioned pillow to help prop the pages up while the magnet dries thoroughly
And you're done! Sorry for the blurry excitement got the better of me
This is how it looks on my fridge. Mission accomplished!

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