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Questions tagged [stationery]

Hacks related to paper and related tools, such as pens and pencils, as well as other paper related activities such as folding, cutting, and so on. Not to be confused with [stationary].

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Straightening curled in file-folders

Going to my workplace, I usually place file-folders in my bag (see figure 1). However, after some time of using this file-folder, the top and top-right are both curled into the middle (see figure 2), ...
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DIY paper clipboard that can hold stationery

I find that I do not have enough time to do my school homework. Self-improvement issues aside, one way is to minimise wastage of time, one aspect of it comes from transport which takes up 2h back and ...
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How do I enhance my handwriting?

I'm an adult, yet my handwriting looks like a child's. I would prefer an answer from someone who used to have a bad or ugly handwriting, and fixed it.
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Pen writes faint

Whenever I use a new ball pen it works fine and writes darker.But after one day it starts writing very light.I have changed many pen but same thing happens.Why this happens to me every time??
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Fuse / patch two papers side-by-side without noticeable seam?

Today I got a raffle ticket which is used for our seminar party last night. The ticket was torn in half by scissor so that one half is in the rolling bucket and the other half is the guests' hands. ...
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How to comfortably carry a pen drive in any attire without risk of physical damage?

I often find pen drive necessary with me at all times. However, I'm having trouble finding an appropriate way to carry it with me. Earlier, I used to keep it in my wallet. But carrying the wallet in ...
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How to staple 4-1/4" booklets with normal staplers?

I'm designing a pocket-sized booklet (4-1/4 x 11), so I'm taking common US letter sized paper and folding it the tall way. It's my goal that anyone can download the booklet-formatted PDF and print ...
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How to use Postcard stamps to send a regular letter [closed]

Okay, so I screwed up. I needed stamps, the local post office I knew of is closed during my work hours, so I ordered some on Amazon. When they showed up, I realized that they were postcard stamps. I ...
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How to write with a pen upside down?

You are lying in bed and want to write something down into you notebook. You have a hardcover notebook so you can hold it in the air and write. You try to write something with the notebook being above ...
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Sweaty Palms, when writing literature essay [closed]

Disclaimer: I am not sure if this question needs to be here or not. I am having my mid-terms and stress is rolling in! I have business as subject and had to write literature review that means ...
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unstick stuck photos

My question is like this one, but only more so. My photos have been in the envelope for more than 30 years. I tried water, then steam, then turpentine, none of which worked. These are BW silver ...
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How can I remove gel (?) Ink from a book?

My sister wrote the wrong name in a bible that's to be presented and displayed in two weeks. It's shiny paper that is beige in color. The back side of the page is different color printed pattern. She'...
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How to COMPLETELY peel off a sticky price tag or label on a book or item without the gunky residue?

Sometimes I wonder if the stores realize that the price tags and labels (the sticky, gluey kind) they put on books and other items are such a hassle for their consumers and can often damage book ...
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How to stop losing pencils/where to put them at school

I've noticed that I've collectively lost every single fancy mechanical pencil I own since school started. I usually put them in the side pocket of my backpack or my pocket but for some reason they'...
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How to write on a blackboard

How do we write on a blackboard with chalk pieces? From personal experience, I tend to write too lightly at times due to which others can't even read what is written. And, if I write with a bit of ...
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How to make a ball pen work on difficult paper?

Sometimes, I have trouble writing with a ball pen, when the paper is "dirty". The pen just stops working, and I have to unblock the ball by writing on another piece of paper that does not cause any ...
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Stuck photos while inside an envolope

It seems the photos have been stuck to each other. I had kept them inside the envelope which was given when I purchased those photos. Its been about 5 months since I had last opened that envelope. And ...
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How to remove/hide/destroy senstive information written on paper without a machine?

Let's say you have a small amount of information written down on a small amount of paper. What is a quick and easy way to destroy the information? I noticed scribbling over it isn't very effective but ...
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Can graphic tablet/laptop combos replace pen and paper? [closed]

The vast majority of my work is done on laptops/computers. However there are times that I find paper and pen best, mostly for:- Planning - the ability to connect words and phrases spatially or ...
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Removing ink/toner from smudges on thick paper

I have already looked at this question, and whilst some of the answers might suit my case, I thought I should put this to the community, as my situation is slightly different. I printed out some ...
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Randomizing papers

I have a stack of paper documents that I would like to rearrange in a random order. They are standard letter (or A4) size office paper, so they're too large and flimsy to easily riffle shuffle like ...
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How do I get a new ball pen to flow?

I really love my old ball pens. They are broken in. They flow so smoothly and glide over the paper. But when I get a new ball pen, in the beginning it is scratchy until it is used enough to make it ...
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What to do with left over calendars of previous years? [closed]

I have a good collection of hanging calendars of 2015.Like these: http://thefoodiegifthunter.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/calendar-end.jpg Instead of burning them for fuel or selling it for ...
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How to remove charcoal droppings on an eraser?

I have a set of rubbers which I used during my pencil drawing sketches, as shown above.Shading techniques I adopted, make use of rubber very much. Consider myself as a self trainer and so do not blame ...
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How to deal with eraser shavings effectively

I recently switched to using a mechanical pencil (recently being since last September) and these eraser shavings that seem to be everywhere are driving me crazy! I've had a look at things like this ...
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How should I re-attach the top sheet of paper that has come loose from a stapled group?

Background At school, I receive a lot of thick paper packets that are 40 or more pages long. Our printer automatically can staple packets of up to around 150 sheets, so the packets are stapled nicely ...
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What are inexpensive ways to send wedding invitations?

I've got 120 people I would like to invite to my wedding, but when I'm looking at traditional wedding invitation websites and stationers in my area, it's pretty expensive. Are there cheaper ways to ...
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Remove Ink That's Scribbled on top of Printed Text?

I have a piece of paper that has a ton of text printed from a computer. One of the words on the paper has been scribbled through horizontally with an ink pen. I've tried holding it over the iPhone ...
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Best and highest use of last year's phonebook [closed]

What is the best way to reuse (as opposed to recycle) a prior year's phone book? Meta: I checked the on-topic and off-topic lists and the question does seem to fit here, though the automatic filter ...
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What's a good way to track my correspondence? [closed]

I'd like to engage in a more extensive letter-writing correspondence. However, I'm so tied to being able to see the "history" of any exchange (instant messaging, email, texting, etc.) that I find it ...
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Scanning several pages in a book

I have several notebooks with writing them I'd like to scan. The books have soft covers, but the pages can't be taken out. Is there any easy way to scan them without manually flipping through all the ...
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Signing a new credit card

Today, I received a new credit card which still needs to be signed in the little box on the back. I have never been able to do this successfully. A ballpoint pen won't write on the surface properly ...
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How to bend chipboard into a cylinder without tearing it apart? [closed]

I am currently trying to make a cylinder out of chipboard(the cardboard that notebooks are typically made out of). However, whenever I try to bend it, parts of the chipboard start to tear. How do I ...
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Dispose of sensitive paperwork

Over several months I have accumulated a stack of mail that I need to dispose of. I have a shredder, but it can only run for a few minutes before needing to cool down and it would take hours to shred ...
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How to avoid answer papers being flappy under a fan?

During my examination time, the answer papers are supposed to flappy due to ceiling fan. I have things to put weight on such as watch, kerchief, extra pens, eraser etc., But is there any other way to ...
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A trick to make bulk erasable handwritten notes on traditional paper and in books?

I write a lot of notes in notebooks and on text books that I only want for a short period. I find erasable pens very handy for this process. But is there some way I could blank my whole notebook, ...
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How to write in a straight line without lined paper?

I cannot write in a straight line unless I have lined paper to help guide me along the page. However sometimes the task calls for plain paper where no such lines are in place (i.e. a poster or some ...
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Flatten crumpled papers [duplicate]

There are some instances where my important documents get creases when folding and they get crushed accidentally. How do I remove the creases from these papers? NOTE: The papers are not blank. They ...
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How to stop paper curling up

Sometimes paper is stored in a roll, mainly drawings or wrapping paper. When you try and lay it out flat it attempts to go back into a roll meaning you have to hold down the edges all the time. How ...
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How to remove a postage stamp from an envelope? [duplicate]

Stamps can be pretty expensive and I sometimes accidentally stick them in the wrong place on a letter I wish to send, and they're not the easiest things to remove so I figure there must be a way to ...
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How to stop a paperclip slipping off

Sometimes, when I'm organising notes and documents, I like to group them together and use paper clips to hold those groups together. When I start stacking those groups of documents on top of each ...
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How to draw geometric shapes without instruments or objects?

How to draw circles , ellipses , parabolas , squares and all other geometric shapes efficiently without instruments or objects? Often the symmetry of the shapes gets messed up while drawing free-hand. ...
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How to cut paper without scissors?

I have some paper that I need to cut down to size but do not have any scissors (not that I am very good at cutting in straight lines with scissors anyway...). I was wondering if anyone had any ...
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How to restore a rulers edge?

I have a standard plastic ruler which I have been using for a couple of years and through general use the edge has become not so smooth and quite bumpy. This is somewhat unhelpful when trying to draw ...
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How to remove ink from paper?

We have all made mistakes when writing before and if you are clever you will have written or drawn it out in pencil first so that you can correct any mistakes before making ti a little more permanent. ...
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How do I remove hard-to-remove ink from my hands?

Sometimes I'll be working with stamps, and stamp ink is sticky and hard to remove. Even after trying lots of soap, body soap, scratching against a table, and sandpaper the ink still remains on my ...
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How to restore Sticker's stickiness?

I have some old stickers from my collection that are almost fallen off of their backing paper. I was wondering if there's a decent way to restore them and they would still be stickers (would be able ...
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How to remove wrinkles from a crumpled piece of paper?

Some paper crafts require folding and then cutting in shapes. The problem is that the unwanted folds remain visible. Assuming that the paper can be opened fully, what should be done to remove the ...
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How to stop graphite from smudging in a notebook?

I am a very committed drawer and sketch artist, so I obviously have piles of sketchpads and sketchbooks. The only problem is that the graphite/charcoal from my 2B sketch pencils smudge on the papers ...
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What is the best way to open letter envelopes?

I have a stack of incoming mail containing envelopes of various sizes and shapes. What is the quickest, easiest way to extract the contents? My current technique is to give each envelope a quick ...