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If you are able to make copies of the forms, create a digital copy instead. Then you can "black out" the information digitally with any photo editor or your favorite PDF software. Replace the target text with a black box or just remove it completely. Then reprint the redacted copies as needed. Bonus that you're not destroying the original.


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Make a regular copy, then cut out the redacted information on the copy before you send it.


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After some research, I have found another great way to fold a map, called the Miura fold. The Miura fold comprises just two steps. In the first one, you fold the map in 5 parts, like a long accordion. Now you fold again in 7 parts like an accordion, but slightly turned. An image might help: Source of the image Folding it in this way may seem strange, but ...


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I like to fold a map in half and then maybe in half again (in the same direction) until the general area I am interested in is available on the front and back side of that strip. Then I'll fold that strip in the other direction accordion-style so I can flip through the folded sections like a book. Photo by Bill Hanscom, licensed by Creative Commons As I ...


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Use an android phone and the "Google Lens." feature recently added to the photos app and the camera photo review scrwwn. OCR via Google Lens is pretty amazing and accurate beyond any OCR software I've ever used. Below are some screenshots outlining the procedure using a cheap (100 USD) Nokia 3, best phone I've had the pleasure to use since my beloved ...


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Just before printing, remove the paper from the printer and fan it to prevent the paper from sticking. One of the sources I reviewed said that in an arid environment, fanning could cause sticking due to a build up of static electricity. Grab one end of the paper with one hand. Grab the opposite side with the other hand. Bend the paper (without causing ...


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Put some opaque tape over the sensitive information before making your copy. You could try masking tape or electrician's tape. You might not want to use the auto paper feed on your copier because the tape might come off inside the copier.


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Scan the receipt with a computer scanner, or even photograph it in a very even light with a cell phone, then use image editing software to enhance the contrast of the image. With this workflow, I have personally recovered images from photographic film that were invisible to the naked eye.


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I use a sheet of Magic Water Painting Paper by Kuretake. It costs about $5 Canadian for an 8½" x 11". It can be ordered online. I have been using the same sheet taped to a piece of plexi-glass for support for over two years. There's nothing to wear out. Magic Water Painting Paper It works with nothing but water as "ink." It uses the same principle as a "...


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One thing you might try is to iron it. It works pretty well, but you have to be careful, or you might end up burning it. Generally, you put a piece of fabric over it and iron it gently to avoid tearing it.


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My favorite solution is actually no tool - having observed the surge of drinks that get served with a straw, I still remember when it was perfectly acceptable to drink either out of a glass, cup or from the bottle (if you need instructions, ask your friendly beer-drinker). A straw was a fancy extra for special occasions. In many cases, a straw is more of a ...


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Some receipts are printed on a thermal printer. This does not use ink, but heat to blacken the special thermal paper. If you leave the receipt where sunlight falls on it, it heats up the paper which darkens. Other printers use ink which is sensitive to light, which causes the ink to fade. So my hack is to keep the receipts away from the light, for example ...


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Don't crumple; Fold. ...And fold carefully. Fold over or in half the soiled part once or twice and then re-use the dry area. Do that as many times as you might need. Maybe 2-4 times per tissue.


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If all your attempts at removal fail or you do indeed damage the paper in an attempt at doing so, I suggest what I would have probably done instead of writing directly into the book: Use a matching (as in "looks good together", not as in "is identical") paper and create a name plate similar to a sticker or bookplate / ex-libris. Write the name of the ...


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Have a look to this document about archiving instructions for state archives in Geneva municipalities: RECUEIL DE DIRECTIVES POUR L'ARCHIVAGE DANS LES COMMUNES GENEVOISES. On page 10, chapter 6. The paper they use is warranted 1000 years. The document mentioned above recommands using archival paper conforming to the ISO 11108 norm. For inks, the document ...


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Make an infinitely re-useable sheet of logogram paper. Here's how: Take a single sheet of printed grid paper to a local "Repro-Copy/Insta-Copy" print shop and get a same-size copy made on acetate transparency material. Done. Instructions for use: Lay the acetate grid on a sheet of white paper. Draw directly on the acetate with a dry-erase marker. Wipe ...


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Literal cut & paste a piece from a matching sheet of paper and align with the paper's pattern if necessary.


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Get a small padlock. Drill out or punch a hole through the notebook edge that is a bit bigger than the padlock's shank (the curving part, also called the shackle). You then can lock it at will. If you budget allows, two locks at the top and bottom corners will make the notebook almost impossible to peek into. This method will work if you leave reasonable ...


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Good that you mentioned astronauts in one of comments, because this reminded me some myth that cosmonauts used to use pencils while NASA spent lot of money on creating spece pen This article says that both astronauts and cosmonuauts actually used special Fisher's pens which I think you could buy online and use to write upside down in bed. And of course ...


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You can do this in stages. Start with putting everything online as page scans and updating as and when you can. The cerlox™ plastic comb binding makes taking it apart and putting it back into the binding easy. As the printing appears to be normal serif type in the same size, the scans can be digitized by using Optical Character Recognition software. OCR can ...


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There is no white dye that you can add to your wood-pulp slurry to whiten it. Any and all dyes will only make it appear darker. Bleach is used to whiten paper the same way it is used to whiten your clothes when you wash your laundry. There are a number of different bleaches made from hydrates and per-chlorates. None of them are "environmentally friendly" ...


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I know this is an old question but other people may still be coming across it (like I did). As the previous answer indicated, fanning is usually a good way to prevent paper from sticking together. Here are some other solutions. Keep the paper in its packaging (unopened) as long as possible. If you don't go through a lot of paper, but you take out a ...


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You don't say what you consider expensive, but a quick search shows quite few locking notebooks that fall under $20 and some of them are less than $10. Product Search: Locking Notebooks under $20 But if you're looking for a multi-use system (one that doesn't create an on-going expense when replacing each notebook), this notebook cover will allow you to ...


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Depending on how far the block is used, try to fold the paper on the tear line. Use your nail or the back of a pen / pencil.


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I've used three techniques in the past for this kind of thing. Wipe it off. If the surface is relatively non-absorbant, then a wet-wipe should be able to lift the pen off. I've saved miswritten birthday cards in the past this way. Abrasion. If you're writing on unwaxed paper or card, and have used a biro instead of a fountain pen, you can (very ...


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Take a copy of the document, cut out the sections you want to redact. Put a blank sheet of paper behind it (optionally with black behind the holes, according to how you want the redacted sections to show), copy it again. Or, of course, a digital equivalent, which is to edit by placing plain blocks over the redacted sections (do not use blur tools), then ...


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Use binder clips: They hold tightly, are relatively inexpensive, are available in large sizes and cause minimal damage to the paper (they do not puncture it as staples do).


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You could add layers of more paper over the current one. For this you can use mixture of white glue and water. For paper layers you can use toilet paper or kitchen paper. Other kind of paper can be used too. Probably first you will need to protect the base from deformations if it gets wet when you put the glue on it. This can be done with some kind of ...


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Use packing tape it's wide enough to provide you a good grip on the pages, put it on both sides of the sheets, if you want to be able to fold your printed music for easy traveling, then place the sheets half a cm apart before sticking them to the tape.


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Use a pencil, maybe? (I don't have enough rep to put this in comments)


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