How to Make a Foil Notepad

October 18, 2018

How to Foil a Notepad | Step by Step Guide

Have you ever wanted to add glam to your pads of paper? How about to create a stunning and glittery letterhead notepad that will stand out from the crowd? Well now you don't have to pay hundreds at a local print shop to foil any longer...not with our line of foiling and pad-making products. Here is how to make a foil notepad in just a few easy steps:


What you Need to make a Foiled Notepad


Now that you have everything you need, you can start by foiling your paper. Here are the steps for how to foil your sheets and get them ready for padding.

1. Choose Your Paper

Foiling will work best on smooth paper stock with little or no texture. This does limit your paper choice a bit, however, you can still use a cardstock or thicker paper, as long as it is not textured. Just note that if you are going to use a very thick paper stock, your foiling machine or pouch laminator will require more heat to properly apply the foil.

2. Print Your Design

It is important that your design only be printed using a printer or copier that uses dry toner. A wax based ink will not activate the foil, and will not work. To check if your ink is compatible, check your ink cartridge packaging or your printer user manual. Want to test it out? Request a sample piece of foil to test.

3. Foil Your Paper

First, we need to foil your paper. You can do this a few different ways. The first way is typically for lower volumes, and is using a heated laminator. The second way, for higher volumes, is with a foil fuser machine.

TIP: You can use lower priced pouch laminators, but they are not guaranteed to work, and you should keep a couple of things in mind: (1) The heat should be adjustable, ideally. This will give you more control over how much heat is applied, so you can really fine tune it to get the best foil. (2) The minimum heat should be 300° F (hotter is better). If your laminator does not reach this temperature, you can try running the page through twice (don't peel off the foil before running it a second time). (3) Adjustable speed is also a bonus to get the best foil, but is not required.

    Foiling with a Pouch Laminator
      A. Warm up your laminator.
      B. Cut the foil to fit the portion of your design that you want foiled.
      C. Place the foil with the colored side up over your design.
      D. Place a piece of scrap paper on top of your foil, taking care to not shift the foil. If your foil overhangs the paper, place an over-sized sheet of scrap paper underneath the paper as well.
      E. Place your entire setup into a pouch carrier.
      F. Run your pouch carrier through your laminator with the sealed-end first.
      G. Once ejected, allow a minute or so to cool for the best results. Then open the carrier and peel off the scrap paper. You will experience some static cling.
      H. Lastly, grab a corner of your foil, and peel it slowly up to reveal your gorgeous foiled design.

      Having trouble? Visit our how to foil: live more, worry less post for troubleshooting tips and tricks for success.

    Foiling with a Foil Fuser

    Because every foil fusing machine will have different instructions for how to install the foil roll, and operate, please refer to the individual foil fusing machine pages for instructions. Here are the foil fusers we offer:


4. Pad-Bind Your Pages

Now all there is left to do is to bind your pages together with a method called "pad binding" or "notepad binding".

    A. Separate your pages into pads using the optional pad counter, and place a piece of optional chipboard at the bottom of each pad. Layer all of your pages together and jog them into a square stack on your padding press. If not using a padding press, just stack them on a level surface that is short enough to allow for clamping to the table. Hang the edge to be glues over the edge a little bit.
    B. Clamp your pages tightly together. You can do this with your padding press, table clamps, or even some very heavy books. Make sure the edge to be glues is nice and tight.
    C. Apply glue to the edge of choice using your padding brush. Allow the glue to dry completely (about 30 minutes, depending on the padding adhesive you are using). Usually one good coat is enough, but sometimes customers prefer to add a second coat after the first dries.
    D. Now release the clamps and use the padding knife to cut the dried glue below each chipboard sheet, or to whatever thickness you want your pads to be.

And that's it! You are left with gorgeous foiled pads of paper that you can sell on Etsy, give away as gifts, or hoard for your own use (so tempting!).

As a THANK YOU for reading this blog post, here is a coupon you can use for foil rolls:

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Mallory Morsa, Binding101 Product ExpertAbout the Author • Mallory Morsa is the product expert and content specialist at Binding101, and has been a valued team member since 2008. She started her career here in customer service, moved onto sales supervisor, product management, and then onto content. She takes a hands-on approach to products, and truly gets to know how every item works before she writes about them, with a goal to give you all of the honest information you need to make a confident buying decision. She has a bachelor's degree with a focus on management and marketing, and has been a writer, photographer, and videographer for many years. In her free time, she loves to read by the pool, volunteer at the local animal shelter in the kitten nursery, and snuggle her three furbabies while she binge watches Netflix.

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