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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How to revive dried up pens

I found a box of several old ballpoint pens. When I open them up, I can see each has a significant amount of ink in it. However, when I try to write with one, no ink is transferred to the paper. I've ...
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Is there a way to erase pencil without a standard eraser?

There are times when I am away from home with my sketchpad and I realize I do not have my eraser with me. Are there any quick tricks to erase pencil marks on a paper without ruining the paper, or ...
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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 seal envelopes without licking

I'm sending out Christmas cards and I have to seal about 100 envelopes. However, I can't stand the taste of the part of the envelope meant to be licked. Last year I used tape to seal each envelope but ...
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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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I need to attach two+ pieces of paper without staples, glue, tape, or the like

I have recently, in more than one circumstance, had to attach two or more pieces of paper together when the typical resources to do so were lacking. I have tried: Folding in the corners Folding in ...
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What can I do to find the end of the tape roll easily?

A lot of times when I use some kind of tape roll, I just fold it and then when I want to use it again, I spend some agonizing moments trying to find the beginning of it. What can I do to find the end ...
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How can I sharpen pencils without a dedicated sharpener?

There have been times when I was without a sharpener, and a pencil I was using became dull. I tried using my knife, but that seems to break the point. Am I doing it wrong, or is there a better way to ...
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A book fell in a sink full of water. How can I dry it?

How can I dry out a book that falls into a sink of water (or similar) and gets soaked? I've tried: Using a hair dryer to blow the pages back and forth until they're dry It wasn't that great an idea,...
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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 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 do I remove postal stamps neatly from envelopes?

I collect stamps as a hobby. I always face difficulty peeling off the stamp without damaging the the perforation around it. Also it is difficult to remove the adhesives and envelope paper stuck behind ...
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How do I prevent pencils from breaking?

At school, it can be annoying when you have to go up to sharpen your pencil because it has broken. I have tried using it more gently. Any other ideas? What should I do?
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How to make a NEW fountain pen write smoother?

Sometimes, the nib of the pen seems rough, and it sort of doesn't feel right. The writing is rough and ink flow isn't quite good. How to make it so that the ink flows elegantly and the nib writes ...
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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 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 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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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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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 ...
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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 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 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 can I prevent pen ink from smudging on my hands?

When I am writing with a pen, it is annoying when the ink from what I've already written smudges onto my hands. I have already tried: Writing slower: This did not help at all. Keeping the pen upright:...
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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 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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Stuck photos while inside an envelope

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. It's been about 5 months since I had last opened that envelope. ...
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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 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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Stop ink stains on hand when writing for left-handed people

I am left-handed, and when I write, even if I don't use a smudging pen, I always get ink stains on my left hand. This is because some ink still gets on my hand, as I rub the words while writing the ...
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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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Applying identification mark on a glass trophy

I won a trophy and it is made out of glass almost entirely, except a label regarding the event on the front. The problem is, there is no unique identification mark for it. (Like our names, the event ...
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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 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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How to remove/hide/destroy senstive information written on paper without a machine? [duplicate]

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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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 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 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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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 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 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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Convert bunch of pages to book

I have around 300 A4 pages. I want to compile these into a book-like form. So I have a 3-Ring Binder. I don't have a 3-Hole Punch. I am looking for DIY method where I can do it in the smartest way ...
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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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Does keeping a pen in the wrong orientation gradually decrease the quality of ink?

Ball point pens Unused I like to buy pens from one certain brand (Montex Megatop; cheap good quality pen). I often buy 3-6 in advance and store them in the almirah. But I have noticed that for 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 ...