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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

{personalized notepaper}

I {love} to give personalized 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.Whether it's Mother's Day, Father's Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, Christmas, a birthday, or just because, personalized notepaper is a delightful gift!

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!

  • 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of white paper
  • pen
  • printer
  • your imagination!

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!


Blogger michelleml said...

Love this idea
Thanks for sharing

April 20, 2010 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

That is such a cute idea. I love it.

April 20, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger melanie said...

I LOVE this!!! What a great idea for Mother's Day. What printer did you go to? (You can email your answer to me if you want.) Thanks for the great idea.

April 20, 2010 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Kelli @ RTSM said...

Very cute!

April 20, 2010 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

Darling! Grandmas love this kind of thing. Think we'll do it for ours!


April 20, 2010 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger ashley said...

You just solved my mother's day problem. THANK YOU!!

April 20, 2010 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

super cute - i'm gonna have to try it sometime!

April 20, 2010 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

What a sweet project! :) Love the little people drawings. :)

April 20, 2010 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

This is too cute! Perfect gift for my mother in law, too. I love it!

April 20, 2010 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Jared and Shannon Allen Family said...

Once again-- You amaze me! I'm totally doing this! Thanks!

April 20, 2010 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Meet Virginia said...

LOVE this!!


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April 20, 2010 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

SO CUTE! I'm curious, how much did it cost you? I know it would depend on the printer, but I'm wondering what an approximate price would be.

April 20, 2010 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Gillian said...

SUCH a fun gift!!! Awesome...

April 20, 2010 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I love it! What a great idea for Mom's and Dad's.

April 20, 2010 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

Brooke--I paid .07 cents per copy then a cutting/template fee per set (I had three different sets of paper). If you only did one set it would be much cheaper. I paid around $25 for the three sets. When I do one, it's usually around $15. When I called to a large copy store, it was actually cheaper, but since it was in the next town over, I just stayed with our local printer. So, I would definitely call around--I think it could make a difference.

April 20, 2010 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger mrs. c said...

these are so cute! it think that everyone likes to have their own notepad!

April 20, 2010 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger Miss Liz said...

Adorable idea! This would work for mother's day, father's day...lots of different holidays!

April 20, 2010 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Lei said...

Amazing idea! So unique!

April 21, 2010 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Mandi @ Finding Home said...

This is such a great idea! I'd love to make my hubby some as he is always jotting things down and keeps little notepads tucked into his workshirt pockets. Thanks for the great information!

April 21, 2010 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger ificould said...

Love this idea- by far my favorite Mother's Day gift idea. I featured this post today
Thanks for sharing!!

April 28, 2010 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

Oh, what an adorable idea!

April 28, 2010 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Everyday Mom Ideas said...

I just found your blog today! And I just love all these clever ideas! I just have to follow now. Cant wait to see what other crafty ideas you come up with next!

May 7, 2010 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger lovetwoteach said...

I made these for my school personnel as a thank you from the students in my class. Love the idea!


December 4, 2010 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Suzette said...

I love this idea and had my kids create them. Then I took them to FedEx Kinkos (it's the only print place in my small town). Unfortunately it was going to be too expensive ($30 total) and they said that because it was a digital copy, that half of the kid's drawing wouldn't be shown. I was too frustrated and confused to go through with it. Moral of the story: don't go to FedEx Kinkos!

Suzette (nutrition and fitness blog)

May 4, 2011 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger queenbeemama said...

Cute idea. My daughter's class just did this for all the moms for Mother's day. Are yours bound on the top or loose paper?

June 11, 2011 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

Mine are bound on top!

June 13, 2011 at 11:10 PM  
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June 21, 2011 at 3:35 AM  

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