Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The original design, as created by Target, or whomever they have design things.

For today’s blog about my current projects, I will share one that I am rather proud of, even if it seems like a little thing.

Normally I journal or write notes about my day. I try to write every day, but sometimes it doesn’t happen. If I don’t write in my journal, I at least write down notes on my day, things to do, how I feel, the weather, ideas… whatever. I had been using this great little notepad I got in the dollar section at Target a while back. I started to run out of my notepad paper, and I looked all over online to find something similar. There was nothing. Next, I thought of a custom order on one of the many custom websites, but again, their notepad sizes were just not what I wanted. I wanted a horizontal pad with a few different features. I don’t like the idea of TO-DO. It can be intimidating when you have the mental issues I do. I stress easily. Even the notepads that are meant to be inspiring with phrases like “you got this!” or “goals” or “make it happen”. For whatever reason, those just bug the hell out of me. I know I have things to do, I don’t need a notepad to remind me. I also don’t like the notepad planners that are a whole week at a time. Someone like me, I have to take it one day at a time or I will just have a total meltdown from the weight of my world on my shoulders. I know I have issues and I do my best to acknowledge them and find a solution or a workaround. Anything to get me out of bed in the morning.

So from the original notepad design, I recreated it and simplified its key points for my version (using Adobe InDesign). And I made it purple. Then I, of course, had to make my new design into a tear-off notepad. So I looked up the best ways to do it, then ended up just using glue, a couple pieces of wood, and some binder clips. I’ll definitely improve with practice, but the initial notepad is just a means to an end.

So in the end, it just took some software (Adobe InDesign, Adobe Capture), some paper, a printer, a scissors/paper cutter, two pieces of basswood, some white glue, and a couple of binder clips. I know there is a special PVA glue you are supposed to use, but this is just for my personal use and I didn’t want to have to go buy any special supplies; just use what I already have around the house. It wasn’t expensive and it wasn’t all that time consuming, all things considered. Sometimes I get myself in deep with these projects of mine… where I think “hey, I can make that myself!” Most of the time I have to consider the value of what I am making, how valuable my time is, and if it really is just cheaper and easier to buy something pre-made. In this case, there was no way I could find something exactly like what I wanted without having to custom order something. It was definitely worth my time to take this on. Plus now I know how easy it is to make a notepad at home, and that is a good knowledge for someone like me to have. All I have to do is practice on making the edges a bit more even.

My final design, with the help of my fuzzy paperweight, Raylan.