A little background about this post: It’s inspired by my grandpa who recently passed away. It was my very first DIY project that he taught my sister and I when we were really little. Grandpa, a mechanical engineer, was extremely handy. I was always inspired by his ability to fix anything along with creating contraptions out of basic materials that could make various household tasks more efficient. So when we stayed at their house every summer growing up, I loved spending time with him in his workshop. One thing he always had on hand were his handmade notepads. They were made out of recycled printer paper that would otherwise go unused. So today I am honored to share with you a very special (and practical) way to make your own recycled tear off notepad, thanks to grandpa : )
1. Gather all your scrap paper (make sure there is at least one blank side).
2. Use your ruler and exacto knife to cut the paper into your desired size. 3″ x 5″ is a nice size for a standard notepad. (And as grandpa would say, “Measure twice, cut once.”)
3. Once you have all your paper cut and stacked together, sandwich the paper with the two blocks of wood at one end.
4. Make sure all your paper is flush with the wood blocks and clamp together.
5. On the clamped end, brush a hefty coat of rubber cement. Don’t be shy, lay it on thick!
6. Now repeat this 3-5 times. Let dry for about an hour in between coats.
7. Keep your notepad clamped together as it dries over night.
8. Remove clamps and you’re ready to use!
In addition: You can add a magnet strip to the back of one for a running grocery list on the fridge!
I am grateful to have grown up with such loving grandparents who played a big role in my life. I know it can be rare to have that opportunity in the first place and the relationship we formed was truly special. He was 92 and my grandparents celebrated their 68th anniversary together this year. He lived a full and beautiful life, but no matter what, it’s hard to say goodbye. I will always cherish the memories we shared over the years.
I guess that’s the beauty of making memories with the people you love. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Perhaps some of the most beautiful memories can be made at home, doing something together as simple as making a pad of paper : )