What you'll need:
Cereal box or other cardboard for backing
Binder clips or rubber bands
Step 1: Cut Your Paper and Backing
I chose to make mostly 5.5" x 8.5" and 5.5" x 4.25" notepads. I also made one 4" by 2.5" mini notepad.
You can also leave the paper uncut if you prefer a full size scratch pad.
Step 2: Prep Your Pages
Use binder clips or rubber bands to keep the pages and backing in place.
Apply a thin layer of glue using a glue stick to help keep pages together while you apply the duct tape and to add a little extra stickiness. Do not use liquid glue, it will create wrinkles and seep between the pages causing them to stick together.
Step 3: Bind Your Pages
If you are making a notepad that is thicker than the width of your tape use several strips positioned side by side
With the back of your notebook facing up, position the tape so there is enough overhang to cover the thickness of the pad. It is better to have too much overhang than too little, the excess can always be cut away.
Press down on the backing to secure the tape, then flip the pad over.
Staring from the middle, pull the tape upwards while putting downward pressure on the pages before smoothing the tape along the edge. Continue this motion outwards toward the edges until the width of the notebook has been secured with tape.
Smooth down the taped edge, ensuring even adhesion.
Cut way any excess tape.
Step 4: Other Ideas...
>Before binding your pages, use a hole punch or a decorative punch to create an easy way to hang a scratch pad on a nail or thumb tack.
>Print lines or a decorative header on pages before cutting and binding them, making your own custom stationary.
>Apply a magnetic strip to the back of the scratch pad and hang it on the fridge for grocery lists.