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PERSONALIZED NOTEPAPER
Hey! It’s Kierste, from over at Simply Kierste! I absolutely love this project. I first made a set of notepaper for my mom a few years ago when my oldest was realy young, and have made them regularly ever since. It’s perfect for even the little ones to get involved with, especially for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day (great for dad’s desk!).

It’s not limited to just kids, though. You can design your paper any way you like–with graphics, text, hand drawn art–that’s the beauty of it! Once I made stationery for my sister (in a larger size) who was living away for a couple of years. She loved it, and so did we, when we received letters from her written on paper designed by us!

This is super easy, and SO fun. Any one would love this gift!

ITEMS YOU NEED:
  • 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of white paper
  • pen
  • printer
  • your imagination!
DIRECTIONS:
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! 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.

And this is what they look like when you pick them up!

I LOVE how they turned out! Now I need some for my own desk!



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28 Comments

  1. Totally cool!

    Just out of curiosity (and pure cheek..) how much does that cost?

    I know I’ll have to sort of work out in €, but just so I get an idea, cause that makes for a great party favor or stocking filler too! 🙂

    Thanks,
    Bird

  2. It really is going to depend on your printer for the exact cost. Usually they charge per sheet of colored paper (it was .07 at my printer), then a charge for cutting and setting a template. I did three separate sets, so they charged me for a cutting fee per set. I paid $25 for all three, but in the past I’ve usually only done one, and it was around $15. It will vary, though. When I checked prices, it was actually cheaper at a large copy store, but we don’t have one in our town, and I would have had to travel to get there, so I stayed locally.
    Check around though–you’ll get the best price.

  3. Those are so sweet. I would love to have some like that. I will have to tuck that idea away to be used later.

  4. Stopping from Life in the Pitts. I’m so making some of these. Great idea for Mother’s Day!! My husband’s grandmothers would love these with a scripture at the bottom. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Love that idea! I had my kids finger paintings turned into notecards when they were little. It’s a great grandparent gift.

    I’m new to the blogging world and looking forward to exploring your blog more.

  6. These are so cute! And so easy. I had no idea it would be so simple. (I love the drawings your kids made 🙂

    Thank you for linking this to A Little Craft Therapy, with Life in the Pitts.

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