Expansion : Reuse To Do


If you look to the right, you will see a box full of security envelopes. This "collection" necessitated immediate action.


Although I have a bunch of ideas on how I want to use them, the sheer quantity of materials was daunting. I decided to go ahead with the idea that would use the most of this... ahem... trash.


What do I need more than a new fridge to-do pad? And what's better to make lists on than the back of an envelope? I made a couple of different designs. The tutorial below is for my favourite.


I used the back side of the envelopes for this to do pad, which left the "authentic" envelope flap to write on. I only used pieces that had little to no printing on that side.

I cut all the pieces to about 3.5" x 7.5", removing most of the glued seams and folded parts. The rotary cutter made quick work of these cuts (I will clean it all up on the book cutter later.) Altogether I cut approximately 30 sheets for the pad.

I used the rotary cutter to perforate each sheet at 0.75" from the end. The pages will all be connected to each other at the top, and the to do sheets will be torn off at this perforated spot.


Let me take a moment to introduce another one of my favourite tools; Seł▒ora Rotary Cutter. She cuts. She scores. She scallops. She perforates. She does almost everything I do, and she does it with flair!


When I had all the pages perforated, I cut a piece of chipboard the same size for the first pad backing. I held all these pieces together with my book clamps, and bound the end just like the junk mail books. (Check out that project tutorial for more details and pictures.)


I then cut another piece of chipboard to be the same width as the pad, but at least a couple of inches longer. I used spray adhesive to "decorate" the chipboard with another piece of complimentary security print. With the print was secured, I trimmed it down to the size of the chipboard. After this is done, and the pad is fully dried, I moved onto the next (tricky) step.

Here's the tricky step: The long piece of chipboard needed to be scored twice to fold around the end of the pad. I measured from the bottom of the sheet to make my first score, then measured the depth of the pad for the second. (Used the rotary again for the scoring. She got a lot of use.)

Once I had all these measurements done, and made sure the cover would fit snuggly, I trimmed the front flap with the scalloped rotary blade

See how useful she is!?!

I used a liberal amount of Elmer's glue to attach the two pieces of chipboard to each other, and clamped them for good measure. I also used glue to attach the outer chipboard to the top of the pad.

Once everything was dry, I attached a piece of black ribbon around the pad and attached it to the back. I re-used a magnet from an old fridge pad.

Voila! A note pad where each sheet is a surprise. An environmentally friendly surprise.
I made another pad that involved folded sheets and a letterpressed greeting, but I didn't love it... oh well.