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
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.
1. Exacto knife - nice and sharp
2. Well... that's about it
Step 2: Cutting Down the Notepad
I used the card as a guide (offsetting just a bit for a reduced size) and made my markings. After that was complete, the cutting began. It took several passes to cut through all the sheets of paper.
Step 3: Making the Case Step 1
Take the two cards and place them next to each other. You want to leave a space so the notepad has some room to breathe. Cut out 2 pieces of duct tape for the sides. Tape each side (as shown in the picture) and trim the sides to look neat and clean.
Make sure the tape fully covers one side of the cards (the back is fully covered in the picture). This will leave a stripe in the middle of the other side exposed. Don't worry, we will cover this with tape in the next step.
Step 4: Making the Case Step 2
Measure out a piece of tape a little longer than the length of the case. Place this over the exposed cards and the rubber bands. This will be the back of our case. The duct tape will cover almost the entire width of the cards and wrap around the ends of the case to attach to the other side. This should make for a very clean looking outside of the case.