The best alternative I found to licking was using a damp sponge. Simply tap the sticky part of the envelope on the wet sponge a few times and there you go.
Lacking a sponge, anything like a washcloth, towel or paper towel will also work.
Since I am not to keen on licking ballpoint pens; if you have shoes on with rubber soles, draw a few lines on the bottom of your shoe... After that, go to the paper and it will almost instantly write again.
Since the ball in the pen get clogged up, the rubber pushes the ball loose from the clogged up ink. The drawing of the lines makes sure the small cloggs ...
You can use a rubber band. Rubber bands remove pencil matter as well as erasers do. You have to be careful what you erase and what rubber bands you use, though.
You may be able to use correction fluid (a.k.a. white out).
But as long as you have a rubber band you should be okay. Also, I have observed that many rubbery objects work for this task, just make ...
The fold-and-rip method works or doesn't work based on the type of paper you are working with. Paper that is made on rolls (most office paper, newsprint, paper towel, etc) has a 'grain'. The pulp fibers all align in a certain direction (typically with office paper, the long direction).
It's quite easy to fold-and-tear this type of paper along this axis. It'...
Fold the tape back on itself. One fold works great, and you don't need a lot. One to two centimeters is enough.
Doing it a couple of time will give you more to hold on to making it easier to peal, but will waste more tape the more you fold.
Lick them vigorously. Ideally, just the point - but if you get too enthusiastic, no harm done.
Ballpoint pens work by using a small rotating metal ball to transfer ink from the internal reservoir to the paper, and over time ink can gum up the ball preventing it from rolling. All you need to do is soften the ink and your pen will work again!
If the ink in ...
Another alternative is to use a glue stick, I found glue sticks to be very fast and efficient.
A slower option is to use double sided tape as well, but certainly that's not easier than the other options, but if you hate licking it's an option as well.
Buy envelopes with an adhesive band on the seal that's protected by an easy-to-remove film (“peel and seal”), like I do. Don't they make them in your country?
You can apply ordinary office sticky tape: it's as fast as licking the rubber band, but it does look uglier.
If you have to use envelopes with a rubber strip serving as do-it-yourself glue in, you ...
I sign with a Sharpie*. Not a fine tip one either. It doesn't wear off and it's easy to read. Nobody has ever objected. We keep one around for writing on CDs and DVDs anyway.
*Sharpie is a brand name of a permanent marker popular in the USA and some other countries - check your local stationery supplier for similar products if the name is unfamiliar in your ...
Place the shredder somewhere where you'll pass by it many times during the day. Shred a few papers every time you pass by it. It'll still take a while, but it's not such a daunting prospect when you break up the task.
I have done this with modest success.
Place the pieces of paper together as you want them organized with top left corners aligned.
fold all of the corners down within a single fold, so that the fold is the "hypotenuse" of a triangle. The length of this side should be about 4-5 cm / 2" or so in length.
tear two slits near the center of the fold down through ...
There a several options to create an invisible line to help you write:
Draw thin lines with a pencil and erase them afterwards. If you work with a soft pencil and without much force, the lines are easily erasable and you won`t mark the sheet.
If you are working on a poster, you could also provide a line with the help of a beamer/over head projector or some ...
Air drying the book is probably your best bet to avoid any structural damage. Find a cool and dry room with good air circulation, and use a fan to keep the air circulating.
This description from the University of Delaware Library below provides a great step-by-step. Another great description with pictures was produced by the Cornell University Library.
Disclaimer: Most of the answers/techniques I have seen here so far actually only work on flat surfaces. Except licking the crease method (provided you can perform a straight fold mid-air) works mid-air. I use this almost daily, but forgot to mention it, because it's became a routine to me
I can just add some tips to the fold and rip method you already know: ...
The easiest way to do this is to
get another piece of paper
print or draw lines set to the ruling you want (the height of the
lines) in dark black ink on that page
place that page underneath the line-less page on which you need to write
using the lines visible through your line-less sheet, write your letter/document/whatever with nice, straight lines.
In the past, people have used balled up, de-crusted, moist bread:
Crustless bread was used as an eraser in the past; a Meiji-era
(1868-1912) Tokyo student said: "Bread erasers were used in place of
rubber erasers, and so they would give them to us with no restriction
on amount. So we thought nothing of taking these and eating a firm
part to at ...
There are two easy ways to open an envelope without damaging the contents:
This is by far the easiest method if you have one. Simply flip the letter over, slide the letter opener under the top flap and slide it across the top, cutting the top of the envelope. There is very little chance of cutting anything inside once you have the hang of it.
when you do the fold and rip method, just lay something straight and flat along the crease, like a book or a ruler and then push down on the object to keep the paper secured and then rip pulling the paper over the object. having the object there will keep your tear from veering off track
The only way to cut paper with clean straight edges is using a cutting ruler and a sharp cutting knife.
This will beat all scissors in precision. All tear and cut solutions will inevitably lead to more or less visible paper fibers at the cutting edge, and in addition the foldings process will make the rims always stand up a bit.
But alas, once you don't ...
An alternative to the wet sponge is your finger. Just dip it into a glas of water. Intuitive and always applicable.
To answer the comment:
Paper can cause cuts at it's rigde. Place the envelope flat on the table and apply the water. For a cut you won't have the right angle to the ridge.
I find that the best way to keep a fountain pen writing well is to do periodic maintenance. In this case what I mean is that the nib should be completely disassembled (especially if it has any wooden parts in it) and then the metal portion (or non-porous potions if it does not disassemble completely) should be soaked in hot water with a touch of vinegar in ...
As far as I know there isn't really a hack to write in a straight line, but there are a couple of tips that can help you practice:
I don't know how you write, but I was taught to turn the paper at an angle when writing. If you also do so, you can try adjusting the angle as soon as you notice your lines being not straight or not parallel.
If your unlined ...
You need to erase on a blank sheet of paper or a rougher surface to "sand" the dirty part of the eraser out. You can erase on your desk surface to get those dirty crumbles out. Your eraser is getting "slippery" as it's getting dirty, and you'll just be smearing your drawing if you keep using it.