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Thursday, January 12, 2017

DIY: Making Scrap Notepads

DIY: Making Scrap Notepads

As a teacher, I always needed something to jot down a note or idea on. I also seemed to have a lot of scrap paper. So I decided to make some scrap paper notepads. You can also use this with new paper.

Materials Needed:
-paper
-paper cutter
-rubber cement & binder clips OR binding machine & binding material (wire, coil, or comb)

**Make sure your "scrap" paper does not have any identifying names or information on it. Those papers should always go to the shred pile. I use leftover classroom papers.
DIY: Making Scrap Notepads

Rubber Cement Method
Step 1: Cut your paper to the size of notepad you would like to have. Some suggestions: 4.25 x 5.5 or 5.5 x 8.5.
DIY: Making Scrap Notepads

Step 2: Put all pages together and put binder clips near the top.
DIY: Making Scrap Notepads

Step 3: Apply rubber cement to the top edge of the paper stack. You will need to apply about 5 coats and let dry in between coats.
DIY: Making Scrap Notepads

Step 4: Take clips off and use.

Binding Machine Method
Step 1: Cut your paper to the size of notepad you would like to have. Some suggestions: 4.25 x 5.5, 5.5 x 8.5, or 8.5 x 11.
DIY: Making Scrap Notepads

Step 2: Put all pages together and punch your paper on the side you want to bind.
DIY: Making Scrap Notepads 
You don't need a large machine. Maybe you have a small for scrapbooking and crafts. They work great for small notepads!
DIY: Making Scrap Notepads

Step 3: Attach binding material to your paper stack and use.
DIY: Making Scrap Notepads

What to Do with These Notepads
*notes on your desk or small group table
*keep at computer stations for students to jot down notes, websites, scores, or work out math problems
*put together 1/2 page or full page "scrap notebooks" for students to use in math (easily stored in a folder)
*use new paper and give as gifts

DIY: Making Scrap Notepads

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