After creating thumbnails, decide which one you like the best. If you like some elements of one, and some of another, you can combine them on the rough. Once you've determined which one you like the most, you need to develop it into a rough.
To start, you'll have to go to Illustrator and create the basic framework of the rough. The video below describes the process for making it in Illustrator. The process is described in handout form here.
Doing cyber school and don't have the ability to print at home? Now problem, there's a work around for that. Take a look at the video below. You'll need a ruler/tape measure, paper and pencil to make it happen though.
After you follow the steps on the video you can print your layout. With you layout and something to write with, start drawing your design. It doesn't need to be perfect; it's called a rough, so a roughly drawn image is fine. The text should look similar to the font that you would like to use on the notepad too.
When you're finished, see me to get it approved.