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DIY Game Night Score Pad

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Keep score on family game night with this fun DIY Game Night Score Pad! Learn how to make this cute notepad using my free PDF and SVG files.

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Paper notepad for score keeping lays next to dominoes and a cribbage board.

Hello Crafty Friends! As a family, we absolutely love playing games! From board games to card games we play a lot of games. Some of our favorites include Dominos, Cribbage and Bunco. These games are great to play on cold, snowy days in the winter or out on the patio in nice weather. We’ve been playing so many games lately, I thought it was time to make a little scoring pad!

To create these notepads, I used the same pattern I used to create my Mini Notepads and Teacher Notepads. This pattern has been great and I’ve used it many times. I knew it would work great for a little scoring notepad too!

I was lucky to find a cute piece of scrapbook paper at my local scrapbook store. The paper I used is called Game Night Family Fun 400647 Imaginisce by American Crafts. It has the cutest print with lots of games like Uno, Life, Scrabble and Monopoly. I wasn’t able to find this paper available online to link to, but since making these notepads Simple Stories came out with an awesome collection called Family Fun. It has so many great prints, including this page with dominos on it!

Scoring game pad with pencil.

How to Make a Game Night Score Pad

Supplies Needed:

Step by Step Tutorial

  • Please note the pattern for this project has been updated and a new SVG cut file created so you can make these with your cutting machine.

Step One: Cut all of the pieces you will need to size.

Download the pattern or cut file to cut the pieces needed for the notepad. You will need to cut six pieces in all. Three from decorative paper including the cover, lining, and topper (the paper that covers the top of the 3″x5″ notepad) and three from chipboard for the cover, back and spine. I used a deep cut blade to cut the chipboard. 

Check out my tutorial for making Teacher Notepads for information on how to set up the SVG cut file in Cricut Design Space.

Self-healing mat with three pieces of cut chipboard.Self healing mat with three pieces of scrapbook paper including their measurements.

Step Two: Score the cover and fold along the lines.

Start by scoring the book cover to make a spot for the spine. Score at 3.75″ and 4.25″ from the left edge. Fold along these lines. You can also score along the edges of the cover at 1/2″, these tabs will be folded over to the wrong side of the book cover. I have marked these lines in the picture below but they are optional. 

Scoring board with paper on it for notebook cover.

Fold along the score lines.

Notepad paper cover is scored and gently folded.

Step Three: Cover the notepad with the cover paper. 

Adhere the three pieces of chip board to the wrong side of the cover. Position the spine in the center of the scored lines. Position the two board covers so they are lined up with the scored lines and the tabs. The two side tabs of my new pattern have diagonal lines so they will look slightly different than what is pictured below.

Chipboard pieces glued to a paper notepad.

Wrap the top and bottom edges of the cover around the chipboard and adhere in place. Hold them for a little bit to make sure they are secured.

Top edges of notepad cover are wrapped around the chipboard.

Repeat these steps for the side edges. The side edges should be done second because they have diagonal edges which will create mitered corners.

Paper cover is wrapped around the chipboard.

Gently fold the book closed.

Notepad cover folded to show spine.

Step Five: Add the lining!

To add the lining, start by scoring the lining piece. I like to lay the lining piece inside the notepad cover and mark lightly with a pencil where the fold lines should go and then score.

Lining paper scored on a scoring board with a stylus.

Start by gluing one side of the lining down. You will not be gluing the spine down so avoid getting glue between your two score lines.

Half of the paper lining is glued to the inside cover of the notepad.

Glue the next side into place. You can make it so the spine lining is secured down or is kept loose. Both methods will work!

Score pad is open showing the lining glued in place.

Here is an aerial shot of the notepad. You can see the spine of the lining is free. On my other notepad tutorials, I have secured the lining along the spine. Both versions work!

Top view of the folded scoring pad shows the lining for the spine is not glued down but instead left loose.

Step Six: The last step is to add the 3″ x 5″ notepad.

Score the topper .75″ and 1″ from the left and fold along those lines. These score lines fit my notepads perfectly, but you may want to check your notepads to make sure these score lines will work well for your notepads too. Different brands have different sizes toppers.

Notepad topper is scored on a scoring board.

Glue the topper around the notepad. Paper topper is wrapped around the top of the notepad.

Next, cover the back of your 3″ x 5″ notepad with glue and stick into place. I positioned my notepad to line up with my score line. Hold down firmly.

Notepad is attached to the inside of the notepad cover.

The notepad is finished and ready for keeping score! I’m happy to have a little notepad to use when we play dominos or other games that require you to keep a running score.

This notepad pattern can be used to make a notepad for any occasion just by switching up the decorative papers! Check out my other DIY Notepads for more fun ideas!

Game Night DIY Score Pad; free template.

Happy Crafting! -Kim

Get the Free Game Night Score Pad Files!

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