DIY Perforated Notepads for Teacher

Hello there friends! It’s Aly here today sharing a quick and easy gift idea for your child’s new teacher this year. ┬áSince my daughter spends so much time at school, and her teacher works so hard, I like to let her teacher know how much I appreciate everything she does at the start of the school year. Check out how I made these DIY Perforated Notepads with my new Dial Trimmer.

To create these teacher notepads, I had to cut several sheets of paper to size, score the covers, and perforate the pages inside. I was able to do all of this with just one tool. So easy!

The Staple Board made it easy to bind the notepad pages together with the covers. I love the copper staples–so chunky and pretty!

To make these back-to-school teacher gifts, I started by trimming the covers to 3×12 inch strips using my Dial Trimmer. That will make (3×6 inch notepads.) All I had to do was align my paper in the guide, turn the dial to the straight blade, then pull it down.

Then I rotated the dial to the scoring blade, and scored the covers at 6 inches and 6 7/8 inches.

I folded the 6 inch score line so that my cover pattern was on the outside, then I folded the 6 7/8 inch score line the opposite direction. This is what the cover should look like after scoring and folding:

Next I trimmed some lined paper to 3×5 7/8 inches (to make sure the bottom edges of the lined paper don’t peek out passed the edges of the cover). I perforated the top of each one at 7/8 inch–it was easy to turn the dial and do with the same tool! Yes!

After perforating the lines pages, I assembled the notepads.

I used the Staple Board to bind the covers and pages. I recommend using thin text weight paper inside. Depending on the thickness of your paper, you can staple between 7-10 pages inside your cardstock cover with the large staples. Test out how many you can do with scraps of the paper you will be using.

Use the guides on the board to align your staple perfectly, and then press down on a hard stable surface using your bodyweight to help.

Once I stapled the notepads, I added a few embellishments from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection to the front to match the covers from the same collection. I chose sentiments that I hope will inspire the teacher.

I love that you can pull each page out if needed. I love the perforating feature of the Dial Trimmer–so many possibilities!

This project is a great teacher gift, but would also be perfect for your student, friends, neighbors, or coworkers. Everyone can always use another notebook. Especially when it’s handmade with love.

This project took minutes with my new Dial Trimmer, and I hope my daughter’s second grade teacher enjoys them and will put them to good use. Thanks for joining me, and happy back-to-school crafting friends!


Dial Trimmer
Staple Board
Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Collection

July New Releases!

Hello We R fans! Happy Monday, Happy July, and…well…Happy Everything! Yes, we’re kind of giddy today because we’ve got some exciting news to share with you.

We R Memory Keepers July 2017 New Releases

We’ve got two new releases and an upgrade, so get out your wish lists and get ready to make a few additions!

Dial Trimmer

Dial Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

With the new Dial Trimmer there’s no need to keep track of different pairs of decorative scissors or trimmer blades!Dial Trimmer by We R Memory KeepersWith this one tool you can easily turn the dial to select from 6 different blade options: scallop, wave, deckle, perforate, cut, and score.

Dial Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

Cut through cardstock up to 12 inches, plus use the extending arm for easy alignment and measurements.

Dial Trimmer by We R Memory Keepers

Hole Reinforcer Punch

Hey planner fans, check out the latest tool for notebooks, journals, planners, mini albums, and more–the Hole Reinforcer Punch!

Hole Reinforcer Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Create decorative and functional hole reinforcers from any paper!

Hole Reinforcer Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Mix and match different paper to customize your design.┬áThe 1/4″ hole reinforcers pair perfectly with planners.

Hole Reinforcer Punch by We R Memory Keepers

Letterpress Kit Update

Our final announcement isn’t a new release, but is an update to our classic Letterpress Kit. The new kit includes a convenient Letterpress Ink Pad, in addition to the platform, papers, plates and accessories.

Letterpress Kit by We R Memory Keepers

All of these goodies start shipping July 17, so keep an eye out for them in stores and online in August.

Well friends, we hope you’re as excited as we are about these new releases! Check in with our social media channels regularly for updates and announcements about our exciting new products.