I started with keeping a small DIY whiteboard (there are several here at Instructables to try) by my desk and asked my co-workers to use that if they needed to leave me a message. I've had some success with that though I thought it would be great if I could use something similar to leave messages on other people's desks, documents, monitors, doors, etc. So I made these laminated notes with Blu-Tack stuck on the back.
Step 1: Materials and Tools:
- Scrapbook paper (you can use wrapping paper, magazine cut outs etc.)
- Clear vinyl contact paper
- Computer paper (try coloured paper for eye catching notes)
- Binder clips
- Blu-Tack or Removable Glue Dots
- Velcro with adhesive on the back
- Small craft pom-poms (you can also use felt)
- Fine tip dry erase marker
- Glue, tape, scissors, ruler
- Templates (optional), see below
Step 2: Contact paper
To apply the contact paper cut two pieces large enough to cover the computer paper that you are using for your notes. Peel off the backing of the sheet and stick it to one side of the note paper. Start from the top edge and roll the backing down, use a ruler to smooth it out and prevent bubbles or creases. Repeat on the other side.
Step 3: Cut notes
If you are using your own paper (assuming it is 8.5x11), to make the longer notes cut the paper in two along the width and in four pieces along the length making a total of eight notes. The smaller notes are made by cutting the paper in three along the width and in four along the length creating twelve notes.
Step 4: Add Blu-Tack
Removable glue dots can also be used instead of Blu-Tack as it doesn't leave any residue behind, thanks to browsercat for the suggestion.
Before I thought to use Blu-Tack I considered taping paperclips to the back or using small magnets, but there would be limitations to where you would be able to stick it. I haven't had much experience using Blu-Tack but it does seem to do the trick though it sometimes leaves little blue bits behind and I'm not sure if it deteriorates with time.
Step 5: Make holder
Cut out a piece of cardboard (you could use cereal boxes or other cardboard packaging for this) large enough to place your notes and marker on. If you want to go fancy like I did, cut out a piece of pretty paper and glue it onto the cardboard.