Recycle Mantra – Notepad


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It certainly saves a lot of trouble if you leave some post-it leaves wherever you think you might need them to make note of relevant information or reminders which can make you life more organised.

Recycle mantra
Just reflect on the number of times you have been in situations when you need writing material immediately. It certainly saves a lot of trouble if you leave some post-it leaves wherever you think you might need them to make note of relevant information or reminders which can make you life more organised.

If this orderliness can be achieved with an aesthetic touch born out of individual creative enterprise, it will certainly turn out to be a fruitful exercise. This will not only serve the purpose of utility, but will also be an expression of your creativity. You could launch into this enterprise by creating the best out of waste. Recycling is the mantra which will make your end product unique.

Things you need
Salvage cardboard from old hard bound notebooks. Hardware shops will only be too happy to part with outdated and out of stock samples of Decolam sheets in shapes of your choice. Fish out some old greeting cards or wedding cards that you have been squirreling away because they were way too aesthetic to be parted with.

Paper: You could recycle paper which has been used only on one side. Cut all the paper to one uniform size, such that the size of the paper is about one third of the size of the cardboard or smaller. Punch holes in the paper so that they can be bundled together.
Of course if you want the easy way out you could buy a couple of post-it bundles. Besides you will need a good adhesive, paints, scissors, pencil, satin ribbon, woollen yarn, punching machine, a chalk piece. If you have a collection of shells or beads they could be used as trimming.

Method
Paste two or three cardboards of the same size one on top of another till you feel it is thick enough. If there are old unused examination pads in your home you could use them as a base or the old cardboards that hold daily sheet calendars but they will be larger in size.

Paste the sample Decolam sheets all over without leaving any gaps anywhere. If the pieces have curvaceous ends they will invariably create gaps, let them be. Place the sheet between two heavy books so that they do not bend or lose shape.

Leave one inch border all along the board and demarcate the centre of the cardboard with a chalk line. This line should be erased on completion of the notepad.Cut out the silhouettes of your favourite pictures from the cards and paste them strategically.

Punch two holes at the top edge and string around forty to fifty papers of the cut papers together with the woollen yarn. Instead you could stick the post- it papers in position.
Cut six inches of satin ribbon and stick one end of it just above the bundle of papers so that it can hold the pencil in a knot.

Make a small loop out of the satin ribbon and glue it firmly on the top centre of the cardboard at the back.You could line the border of your note pad with sea shell, beads or food grains to give it a touch of creativity.

Now your handy innovative notepad will be ready to be put up near your doorbell, kitchen, telephone, fridge, bedside table, medicine cabinet, study table and anywhere else you need to note down information. It will be a matter of pride for you when your own designer eco- friendly notepad placed in strategic points in your house will find appreciation by the users for more reasons than one.

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