Let me show you how you can create your own DIY notepad from recycled paper. This is a simple and free-of-charge way to give another use to paper.
I don’t know about you but I have a list for everything:
- grocery shopping
- to-do list for the day
- to-do list before leaving town
- packing list for traveling
Sometimes, I even re-write the to-list in a certain order to make my day more efficient 😂. As you can see, I am a “list-person”.
I have often bought pretty note pads. With flowers on them. Or it says: “to-do list”. Or it has some other cute theme. When I am done with my list, it goes into the paper recycling. Then I thought that there might be a better way.
For a while, I was using the back of envelopes that came in the mail. Some have a white back. I would write my lists on those. That felt good, giving those envelopes another purpose before they went into the paper recycling.
More recently, I have created my DIY notepad from recycled paper. I looked at the letters that came in the mail. Unfortunately, many of them are unsolicited. And they often contain blank pages. Or blank backs. Sometimes, I need to print something, sign it, scan it and email it back. Those papers have a blank back side. Now, I turn them into a notepad.
It so simple: any blank page or page with a blank back, I fold twice. Once lengthwise, once horizontal. Then I use scissors or a sharp knife to cut along the folded lines. That way, I end up with evenly sized pieces of papers. I clip them all together – and voilà, I have my DIY notepad from recycled paper. Using a nice fountain pen makes my list-writing feel more special.
I love that I can give something another use before I send it into the recycling bin.
Do you recycle paper? Do you do anything with paper before you recycle it? Let me know in the comments below and happy list-writing!
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