Introduction: Scrap Paper Note Pad

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At my work, there seems to be an abundance of wasteful printing. Printed pamphlets for meeting that no one uses, error copies, duplicate prints, the list goes on.

This used to irritate me (still does) so I decided to do something about it. I know they are being "recycled" but the sustainability of that still isn't that great so I decided to make use of the paper!

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Here I will show you how to turn your scrap paper in to handy notepads!

You can bring them back towork and hand them out to your co-workers, or just use them around the house.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

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Tools & Materials:

  • Paper Cutter
  • Scrap Paper
  • Acid Brush
  • Glue (Thick glue works better)

Note: If your paper isn't very flat, you may want to flatten it with a book before hand.



Step 2: Cut Paper

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  • Determine the size you want your note pad.
  • Cut paper to size

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Note: The paper cutter is more accurate if you only cut a small stack at a time. If you try to cut a stack too thick, the paper will slide and your cuts won't line up.

Step 3: Line Up Stacks

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Take all your little stacks that are cut to size and line up the ends

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Note: If you are making a particularly thick notepad, you may want to use a black paper clip or clamp to keep them lined up. anything 1/2" thick or less you will be fine without.

Step 4: Glue End

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Take your paint brush and dip it in the glue

Apply glue to one side of your notepad. Be sure to apply glue liberally.

Step 5: Dry?

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After 12 hours, check your notepad.

If the glue has dried, it is ready to use!

If not, let dry another 12 hours.

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Note: Depending on the type of glue you use, dry time may be different.

Step 6: Write Away

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You now have a handy little notepad for writing down phone numbers or making to-do lists.

Put your notepads next to the phone, in the kitchen, or where ever you may need one.

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Even though it is just a notepad, every time you use it you will think, "Hey, how awesome am I? I made this!"

Comments

MichiganDave (author)2016-08-14

Thanks for doing this and sharing it with us and one question for you: what glue did you use?

I reuse paper the way you do and for the same reasons. Then they get recycled. Your way will increase the functionality of it for me so I am quite interested in learning what "thick glue" is. That way Amazon has a much better chance of filling my order. Thanks, again.

JRArndt (author)MichiganDave2016-08-14

I used "Yes Paste" https://www.amazon.com/Gane-All-Purpose-Stik-Flat-1-Pint/dp/B014D22HR4

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