I searched all over for a small notepad I could keep in my pocket. I am an IT geek, so I do have a smart phone. However, there are times when it is not readily available (like now because it's being modded and currently down for maintenance). Also, it's just so much fun to actually mark things off a list!

My searches for a pocket-size notepad failed. Either they were not small enough or they were too expensive. That's when I decided to make my own.

Step 1: Items needed

Items needed:
1. Two cards - I used a gift card and a card I received at a casino
2. Duct tape - I am sure you have a roll or two handy
3. Rubber bands - They need to be thick and make sure they fit snugly around the cards
4. Notepad - I work in IT so a lot of vendors drop of their notepads covered with their logos. It's not corporate theft if these were free AND headed to the rubbish since we get so many of them.

Tools needed:
1. Exacto knife - nice and sharp
2. Well... that's about it
 I like how it is refillable but I would have incorporated the cardboard backing into the cover, or make a pocket for the cardboard back to slip in to.  
That's what I'm gonna do.  I'm also putting in a thing for a mini pen at the top, above the paper.
I would like to see that
Really all it is is a tiny loop and a mini pen made by following <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Mini-Bic-Pen/">this</a> instructable.
Here a couple pics using duck tape instead of the rubber bands
I really like this. I made 2 the first day I read your Instructable both with CAMO duct tape. I did change one thing. Instead of rubber bands I made a small band of duck tape and it worked out great. I will be making some for my Log sheets for my Geocaches. Thanks again.
You know...I like this! I carry a lot of stuff in my bag..often when out in the woods I forgot to carry something to sketch on or note take. This is fabulous because, it has very hard card covers..way better than cardboard which starts to curve and bend after a short time.
ill make one once i use my gift cards XD good idea
Thats really neat I think I'll make one.

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