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Junk Mail Paper – Part Two

It’s time for another installment in my Junk Mail Paper series!  In the first post, I showed you the simplest version of how to recycle your junk mail and unwanted paper into new paper .

Junk Mail Paper - Part One(If you missed the first post, you can find it HERE.)

If any of you actually tried this, I would LOVE to hear about it or see pictures! Share them in the comments!

Now I’m going to show you one of the things you can do with your new paper – making easy-tear notepads out of it!  I also have a fun reusable notepad holder to show you!
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Isn’t it cute? Let’s get started!

The Supplies
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For the Notepad
1. Homemade junk mail paper (not pictured)
2. Paper cutter or scissors (not pictured)
3. Chipboard
4. Wide Painter’s Tape
5. Two pieces of wood that are taller and wider than your paper and at least a half inch deep.
6. 2 four inch C-clamps (not pictured)
7. Clear 100% silicone sealant – for window/door/attic
8. Magnetic tape or button (optional)

For the Holder
1. DIY 5×7 Chippendale Frame from Oriental Trading Company
2. Scrapbook paper
3. Mod Podge
4. Paint
5. 1 magnetic button
6. 1 small washer
7. Hot glue and gun
8. Sand paper (optional)
9. Primer (optional)

The Directions
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Start by trimming each piece of your homemade junk mail paper to the same size.  Make sure you flattened it first by following my instructions in Part 1.  If you have some pieces with worse deckle edges or more uneven edges than the other sides, trim those sides first.  Save those trimmed edges to recycle into more paper! My paper has been trimmed to 3×4 inches.  By the way, I FINALLY found my paper cutter! Yay! You might remember me talking about how frustrated I was about not being able to find it for 2 years in a previous post.  Anyway…

Also trim a piece of chipboard to the same size.  I have actual chipboard.  T, my hubby, brought home a HUGE box a few years ago from work, and I still haven’t gone through the whole thing.  I LOVE free stuff! You could easily cut out a piece from a cereal box or other similar food box.

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To assemble and make the notepad, first cover the edge of each board with Painter’s tape.  It should generously cover around each edge, touching 3 sides, like the picture shows.  I used shelf inserts from our TV stand for this.  Get creative! You don’t have to go buy wood scraps to do this!

You need to carefully stack your paper and chipboard.  The chipboard serves as a sturdy backing for your notepad. I find it easier to add the chipboard last, but you might find it easier to start with it.  If you’re recycling a food box to use as chipboard make sure the printed side is facing up and you stack the paper on top of it to hide the print.

To stack the paper, carefully line up each edge that will be at the top of the notepad.  If a piece lays lower than the rest, it won’t be touched by the glue and will just fall out.   I suggest doing it piece by piece and not just tapping the stack on a table to get them even.  Pinch the top of the notepad tightly so the papers won’t slip, line it up with the taped edge of one board, put the other board on top lining it up with the paper and first board, and then tightly secure the C-clamps around everything (use the picture above as a guide). Make sure your paper didn’t move while you put the clamps on.  It needs to be as straight as possible.

There are lots of different glues you can use to secure your notepad, but I’ve found that I really like the clear 100% silicone sealant the best!  It creates a nice thick binding and the paper tears off so easily.  It also doesn’t bleed into the paper like some other glues will.  Apply 2-3 layers of glue to the top edge of your notepad.  I like to wear a glove and apply it with my finger. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for drying.  The Painter’s tape will protect your boards from glue and keep the notepad from sticking.

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This is the only picture I could find of one of the notepads I’ve made in the past.  This one was a gift for my mom a few Christmases ago. It has varying Christmas themed paper and a magnet on the back.  You can add a magnetic button or piece of magnetic tape to the back of yours to stick it up on your refrigerator.  However, if you want to make a notepad holder, don’t add a magnet, and keep reading!

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Oriental Trading Company let me pick out some items for review, and I just HAD to have this DIY 5×7 Chippendale Frame!  It comes unfinished, so there are so many crafty things you could do with it!  It also come in an 8×10 size.  I started by disassembling the frame.  There are 3 inner pieces: the glass, the chipboard, and the filler paper.

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Then I just painted the frame in Canary Yellow.  You could sand and prime it first, but I wanted some of the wood grain to show through.  A helpful tip to keep paint from getting all over the edges of your can is to put a piece of Painter’s Tape over the top and wipe your brush on that instead of the edge of the can! Neat, huh?!

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I cut a piece of scrapbook paper to the size of the chipboard that came with the frame and glued it to the chipboard with Mod Podge.  The paper I used is part of the Black and White Monochromatic Paper Pack from Oriental Trading Company.  I love the variety in this pack.  If you scroll back up to the supplies picture, you can see the designs it comes with.  I especially love the music themed paper!  This pack is the standard 12×12 scrapbooking size. They have MANY other paper designs and paper packs besides this one. Can you tell my foam brushes get a lot of use?!

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How you reassemble the frame is up to you, BUT I chose to layer it with the glass on the bottom, the paper in the middle, and the chipboard with the scrapbook paper showing on top. You can reuse your frame by layering it this way.  You will be gluing something to the top layer. So if you don’t put the glass on top, you save it from the glue and can use it as a regular frame in the future.  I didn’t want a shiny front for mine either, which is also why I chose to layer it this way. You need to put all the layers in there to make it nice and snug.

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Use hot glue to attach the washer to the notepad and the magnetic button to the scrapbook paper.  Don’t do it the other way around.  This is what makes it reusable.  It is A LOT cheaper to add a new washer than a magnet to a new notepad.  You might even be able to reuse the chipboard backing if you carefully pull off the remaining glue!

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Embellish your paper and frame! I made simple paper roses out of the scrapbook paper and stamped “notes” onto the bottom of my paper pad.

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I also used Mod Podge to line the edges with the same scrapbook paper.  I know some people think the gray and yellow combination has been overdone, but this is my first time using those colors together! I couldn’t resist! 🙂 I even put yellow thread in the paper to give it a little more character.

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That’s it! You now have a cute reusable notepad holder with a homemade notepad!  Even better, these frames come with attached hanging hardware and can be hung vertically or horizontally.

Oriental Trading Company
If you haven’t heard of Oriental Trading Company before,  a visit to their site will definitely be worth your time!  Everything is affordable, and they have a Lowest Price Guarantee.

Here are some great links to get you started:
1. Shop OTC
2. Sign up for email savings
3. Request a free catalog
4. Sign up for Oriental Trading Rewards
5. Explore free project ideas

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**This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading Company.  I received a gift card to put toward products for review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions and reviews are written with complete honesty.  The entirety of this post is comprised of my own thoughts and words.**

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Love Notes – DIY Frame


I’ve decided to hop on the “I love you because…” bandwagon.
This craft is so popular, I don’t know who to give the original credit to.
It’s a never-ending love note.  The glass in the frame makes it dry erasable.

The Supplies
picture frame
paper (scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, printed paper)
dry erase pens, crayons, or pencils

The Directions
You really don’t have to go out and buy a fancy frame.  You can buy a cheap one or pick one up from a thrift store or yard sale and give it a makeover. I bought a plastic $3 frame from Walmart.  It started out black, but I wanted it white.  Easy fix? Spray paint! Unfortunately, a big gust of wind blew some grass and dirt onto my last coat of paint, leaving little bumps. Sigh.

Decide how your want your “I love you because…” image to look.  You can use scrapbook paper, regular paper, wrapping paper, or really any kind of paper. Even fabric. I used scrapbook paper and stickers for my letters.  You could also write the phrase on your paper or print the whole thing out.

Put your paper in the frame, and use a dry erase utensil to write your love notes!


I decided to use kids’ dry erase crayons.  They aren’t as bold as markers, but are much easier to clean up, especially if the words get stuck on after awhile. I also like that they come in a variety of colors.

I upcycled a food container to hold the crayons, sharpener, and eraser cloth.  I covered it in coordinating scrapbook paper and painted the cardboard rim black. You could also put magnets or velcro on your pen and the back of the frame to keep them out of sight.  Since I have a bunch of crayons, I wanted a container for them.

These are so easy to make, I might start giving them as gifts – weddings, anniversaries, Valentines Day, and birthdays!

My final cost to make this project was just under $4!  The crayons cost an additional $3 and change.

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Mail Center – Upcycled Formula Tubs

Here’s a project I’ve been waiting, and waiting, and waiting to do.
It involves spray painting, so I’ve really just been waiting on the warm weather.
Just when I think it’s getting warm enough to spray paint.. NOPE!.. we’re hit with a blizzard.. in the middle of April!
Well, we’ve had 2 days in a row that have been in the 80’s, and no snow in the forecast.  So I figured it was finally time to conquer this upcycling project!

Here’s the plan:  to turn formula tubs into a mail center.  Are you excited? Here’s the how to..

The Supplies
clean, dry formula tubs
spray paint that adheres to plastic
scrapbook paper or fabric
4. scissors and ruler or paper cutter
5. lettering – stencils, cutouts, stickers, stamps, vinyl – you choose
6. glue – I used Mod Podge
7. soda can tabs
8. hot glue

The Directions
Start with clean, dry formula tubs.  If you can’t get your hands on some formula tubs, I’m sure there are other items that would work.  For instance, the french fried onion tubs are similar, but just a little smaller.
(Let me just say, I’m all for breastfeeding!  But my health and the medications I take made that a challenge for me, so that’s why I have these tubs)

Carefully pop the covers off.  If you do this too fast, the little plastic rods will snap and go flying.  The covers are fairly easy to take off.
Spray paint the tubs.  Mine only took one coat, but it was a paint and primer in one.

You may want to paint the insides to give them a more uniform look.

Next, take your scrapbook paper or fabric and cut it into strips.  My paper was 12 x 12.  It wasn’t long enough to wrap all the way around the tub, but enough to cover the sides that would be showing.
I cut my paper at 3.5 inch intervals.  So my strip size was 12 x 3.5.  You can of course make wider or narrower strips depending on how much of the paint you want to show or how big your letters are.
My paper cutter has been on the winning side of hide-and-seek since we moved to this house almost 2 years ago.  I was pregnant at the time, so family helped pack us up, which resulted in not knowing what went in what box!  There’s a lot of hiding items yet to be found.  So I had to cut my strips in the more time consuming way.
I could only get 3 strips out of one paper.  So for the fourth strip, I started up 1 inch from the bottom of a second piece of paper before cutting my 3.5 inch strip. That way none of the 4 strips would be identical.
Does that make sense?  In other words, if I hadn’t done that, my first and fourth strip would be identical because they would be cut from the same edge of each piece of paper.

I forgot to take pictures of this next part.
Glue your strips to the tub.  Put glue on the center of your strip and position it on the front center of your tub.  I found it easier to not have glue on the whole strip while I was trying to get it in the right position.  Once you’re happy with where it is, glue down the rest of the paper.

Then I got my lettering ready.  It took me awhile to decide how I wanted to do the letters.  At first, I wanted to stencil them on with a creamy white paint that matched my scrapbook paper.  But when I tried it out on a scrap piece, it didn’t come away with clean edges.
So I decided to go vinyl!  This was actually perfect, since vinyl is repositional, you don’t have to worry about crooked, unevenly spaced letters.
Unfortunately, I’m not blessed to own a Cricut or Silhouette, so I used the same method I used to make the monogram for L’s nursery.  You can read about it HERE.
I traced letters on to the back of my vinyl, making sure to trace unsymmetrical ones backwards. (ignore the extra markings in the picture, they are leftovers from a different project) Then I carefully cut out each letter.
Now add your letters!  Mine say:  OPEN, PAY, AWAY, ITEMS.  Short words worked best for me, but yours can say what ever you want.  Other examples: IN, OUT, PENS, KEYS, SUPPLIES, STAMPS, COUPONS, RECEIPTS.

We’re not only going to upcycle the tubs, but upcycle some soda can tabs! They will be used to hang the tubs to the wall.
There are different ways of doing this.  The most common way is putting a screw through the little hole on the bottom of the tab to attach it to your item.  Well… 1. I can never get the tabs off with those little circles in tact. And 2. I didn’t want an unsightly hole going through the container.  I opted for hot glue.
I bent each tab slightly while holding it over the edge of my kitchen counter. Then, I marked the same spot on the back of each container as a guide, and glued them on.  I added an extra layer of hot glue on the top to really bury the tab in glue.

Now hang them up, be proud of your work, and enjoy the organization!

We were in desperate need of a mail sorting system.  We usually have random piles sitting around the house…
Like this one on the kitchen counter…

and all this opened mail that’s invaded the wine rack.  There’s usually a pile or two on the dining room table, too….

But this is just so much better!  And now you have a sneak peak into our kitchen makeover!

Thanks for stopping by today! If you have any questions about this project, please put them in the comment section.

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