I tend to use a lot of paper to track temporary notes, be it post-its, notebooks, back of junk faxes etc. I wanted to reduce my paper usage as well as making my information somewhat more secure as sometimes the data is confidential and I have to shred it. Using a whiteboard is the way to go, but those sold as either too expensive, too thick or too big. So here I present you the Low Cost Lettersize Office Whiteboard!
Step 1: Materials needed
For this project, you will need:
- a blank sheet of paper (A4 or Letter)
- a transparent sheet (those used for projectors for instance)
- scotch tape
The blank sheet of paper could also be printed with very light colored lines (horizontal and/or vertical) to provide a guide when writing or drawing.
Step 2: Process
Cut 4 pieces of tape so that they cover either the whole length and whole width or partial length and partial width of the transparent + paper combo. I prefer partial so that I can remove the tape more easily.
The transparent I used has a smooth side and a gritty side. For a test run, place the gritty side against your blank sheet of paper. If using a paper with lines or grid, make sure you can see them through the transparent.
Put the scotch tape on the smooth side of the transparent, so that half the width of the tape is on the transparent and half over nothing. Do it for all 4 sides of the transparent.
Now turn the transparent so that the gritty side is facing you and very carefully put the paper over the transparent, doing your best to avoid the loose scotch tape. When you are happy that it covers the transparent properly, you can fold the scotch tape over the paper. An alternative would be to place another transparent so that your whiteboard is double-sided (maybe with one side with grids or line and the other blank) and then fold the scotch tape.
You're done! With whitboard erasable markers, you can now track your temporary notes and erase them securely and cheaply and more importantly, see how your paper usage reduces dramatically!