I needed new paper so I decided to jazz the notepads up a little. Life is too short, after all, for things to not be jazzed up a little. Here's what I started with.
1. Pick out coordinating or contrasting papers.
2. Spread glue on the front of the spines (that part on the top that holds all the pages together). You can use any type of adhesive--a glue stick, school glue, tacky glue, or Mod Podge--you get the idea--but for this I use Golden Gel Medium. It's super strong and since scrapbook paper can be a little thick it holds really well. That matters if you wrap from the front to the top like I did on the ones in the first picture. Just use your fingers--it's fast and easy. I love the stuff!
3. Don't try to measure and cut the craft paper to fit the spine exactly. It's too hard to make it right.
You'll get a better fit if you match a bottom corner of your craft paper to a bottom corner of the front of the spine cover but leave extra paper overhanging the other sides. As soon as the glue sets (and gel medium sets SO quickly) you can flip the pads over and slice that extra paper off right along the edge. Looks great!
One will be used for my 9 to 5 work, one will be for personal things, and another for blogging and crafting. What about the others?