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VB Tutorial: Notepad Accessory Book

Posted on May 13 2021

VB Tutorial: Notepad Accessory Book
Hi VB Fam!

I’m so excited to share my first blog post with you all. For my first project, I created a notepad accessory book to house all my goodies from the April Primrose Garden VBKit, a collaboration with the amazing artist The Primrose Corner. You only need a few things to create this great little on-the-go planner sidekick, so let’s dive right in!

Supplies needed:

Cardstock from VBKit paper pack
Lamination pouch (3mil)
Laminator
Double-sided tape
Business card sized adhesive pouches (from Amazon)
Scoring board and bone folder (optional)
Step 1
I started out by marking two points on the cardstock that I would use to make the scoring lines. Because the paper already has a center crease, I wanted to make sure that the score lines were evenly spaced. I made marks at the 5 ⅛ inch mark and the 5 ⅞ inch mark along the longest edge of the paper (the 11 inch side). I used a bone folder to give it a good crease.
Step 2
Next, I placed the cardstock inside of a 3mil laminating pouch. If you prefer a stiffer feel, you can also choose a 5mil pouch which produces a more rigid folder. I ran it through my laminator twice to ensure all of the air bubbles were sealed. After the first run-through, take a close look to see if more heat is necessary. 
There was about a ½ inch overhang, so I trimmed off the excess making sure not to cut into the air pocket along the edge where the laminating film was sealed.
Step 3
Now it’s time to create the pockets to hold the transparent sticky note card and pen stickers. I used two business card-sized adhesive pockets that I found on Amazon. I cut one of them in the shape of a secretarial pocket to hold the sticky note card.

For the pocket I am going to use to hold the pen stickers, I separated it along the horizontal fold, cutting from the open end of the pocket so that the opposite sides remained intact. Then I attached both pockets to the left side of the folder.
Step 4
Next is the pen loop. I cut a 2-inch piece of elastic (mine is ½ in wide) and folded it over itself to form a circle and hot glued it in place. Then I glued it to the spine of the folder, leaving about ½ inch at the top. I decided to use hot glue because I can remove it from the laminate and replace it as needed.
Step 5
The last step is to attach the notepad. I used a strip of double-sided adhesive (any kind will do) across the top of the right side. Then I pressed the notepad in place.
And voila! Add your accessories to the pockets and you have yourself a DIY notepad accessory book that you can throw in your planner bag and go. 
Thank you for taking the time to read my first blog! I hope I inspired you to create something cute and super functional for on-the-go planning. If you decide to create one, I would love to see. Be sure to post your creations in the VB Community Facebook group and tag @shopvillabeautifful on Instagram. Feel free to reach out and connect with me on social media if you have any questions. Until next time, happy planning!
If you have any questions about this VB Blog, please reach out via the VillabeauTIFFul Community Facebook Group or Keisha's Instagram!

1 comment

  • María Cruz: May 20, 2021

    Cool, awesome. Will try to do it… Thanks 😊!!!!!

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