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JournalsWith journals being used more and more for all subjects,
we've been on the lookout for inexpensive ways to make them. One way is
to buy cheap spiral notebooks (these can usually be had for around 10 cents
each on sale) and cut them in half. Use wire cutters to cut the spiral wire
in the middle, then use a paper cutter to cut the book in half. You'll end
up with two spiral notebooks about 8 by 5 inches, still large enough for
most grade schoolers to use a page a day. Not cheap enough? Use the cardboard
back as a cover and have two subjects going at the same time from different
Those Stacks of PaperYou've got bunches of papers held together with those
giant sized paper clips, and the stack is so thick the clip is all twisted
out of shape? Use spring-type clothespins instead. They stick out to the
side when you have all the stacks piled up on your desk, and you can tape
scraps of paper to the clothespins to identify what's in the stack.
ClipboardIf you rely on a clipboard for notes and lists, try using
a legal size clipboard (8.5x14") with standard letter sized paper.
It will give you an extra few inches at the bottom to attach a post-it pad,
a pen with velcro, and a small stick-on clock/stopwatch.
Own Scratch PadsYou can recycle paper by making scratch or note pads.
The trick is not in finding the paper, but the right adhesive. Use what
the printers use - stuff called padding adhesive, which you might buy from
an office supply company or a printer may give you some. The key is to (1)
jog your paper so there is a side where all the edges of the sheets are
squared together, (2) carefully stack the sheets without disturbing that
nice square edge and (3) weight down the edge you are gluing with a brick
or other weight. Then you can paint on a couple of coats of the adhesive,
letting it dry between coats, and slice the pads apart when dry with a table