Simple Tips

A Simple Recycling Tips using CLEAR TAPE....

       Address Labels... How many of you are sick and tired of all that junk mail you receive almost every day?  Well this is a small solution for a small part of that junk.  When you decide to dump it tear around your address and/or the senders address and later neatly cut them out and place in a fancy or plain box with a flip top or some type of closure.  I have a large roll of CLEAR TAPE.  You may use 3/4 inch, 2 inch sizes or any width in between or wider.  Too wide might make this easy tip a bit cumbersome. Keep them in with the clipped or ready to be clipped addresses for easy access with scissors.
          Now for an example we will use the 2" tape and you will be ready to mail a box, bill, card or letter to someone with their address label and your own. Also see below  this tip for teachers and instructors who like teaching verses, words or math problems.

Need:  Scissors, 2" wide clear tape, a glass, saved torn address label, Bottom of a plastic tray, sheet of plastic or metal, table or counter top (that the tape will not remove its surface if tape sticks to it), heavy fork, pens or book for #6 below.  A ruler and pencil if you need to make straight lines around the label to cut evenly. not necessary if you can cut it straight only by eying the space around the label.

Instructions:
1.    Select the reciever's and/or your address to use and 
       neatly clip around it leaving only the needed address label.
2.    Lay it against the unopened roll of tape to see which way 
       the label will fit first and for a good fit leave an 1/8-14" space
       or more around the edges of the address label.
3.    Place address label away from you and not in the
       area you will be working with the tape.  
4.    Open the roll of tape to to your left, about 6-8" long with the 
       roll to your right, leaving the end on it. 
5.    The sticky side is facing up. 
6.    Place a glass or fork on the end to hold it down
       and something behing the roll, so it will not roll
       off the table or working area.
7.    Start about an inch from the end. With address
       facing down, eye before placing to see if that is where
       you want to place the label.
8.    Lay it on the tape, cut 1/2-1" on either side of the tape.
9.    Place the cut off end on top of the new end of the
       roll of tape for nex time.
10.  Now flip over and place where you would have written
       the reciever's address.
11.  Do the same with your address and place in the upper
       left corner of the envelope or box.

       This project will go much faster the more you do it.  It will save gas, time ordering labels or printing them out and maybe money if you use what you have in the house.  You do not have to be so precise.  You may just tape your recycled labels on with any size clear tape, glue them and not worry if it is crooked or straight.  Recycle the scraps of paper and your junk mail.  Have fun, thank you and enjoy! 

       Teachers/Crafters/Councelors/Instructors of any kind. Again using the Larger roll of tape.  If the children or adults need to learn a verse in literature, the Bible, a prayer or math, make a game out of it.  Let us say you have 12 students.  Break them up into 3 groups of 4 each.  Have 3 envelopes; either #10 size or a large 9x12 brown one or large or jumbo baggie.  You may have the same verse in each or have a different one in each. Label each envelope with a number or capital letter, not the with verse words.  Keep a record of the verse and #/letter for yourself.

Need: Scissors, 2" wide clear tape, a glass, copy of verse, Bottom of a plastic tray, sheet of plastic or metal, table or counter top (that the tape will not remove its surface if tape sticks to it), heavy fork, pens or book for #6 below. A ruler and pencil if you need to make straight lines around the verse to cut evenly. Not necessary if you can cut it straight only by eying the space around the label. Either way is terrific.

Instructions: 
1.    Select the verse and type it out or copy it, then increase its
       size, but a bit smaller than the 2" tape leavimg 1/4-1/2 inch
       on top and bottom of tape.
2.    Cut the verse into sections of one, two, three words and no
       more then six and no full sentences.
3.    Lay it against the unopened roll of tape to make sure the
       width will fit and have space 1/4-1/2 inch or more around the
       top and bottom edges of the tape. 
4.    Place verse pieces away from you and not in the
       area you will be working with the tape.
5.    Open the roll of tape to about 6-10" long with the roll's end

       towards the left of you and the roll on the right, leaving the
       end on it.  (It is okay if you work in the opposite direction).
6.    The sticky side is facing up.
7.    Place a glass or fork on the left end to hold it down and
       something behind the roll, so it will not roll off the table or
       working area and in front of the roll just under non-sticky side.
8.    Start about an inch from the end. With verse strips or a word
       or more facing up or down, eye before placing to see if that is

       where you want to place the strip or words.  If you want to
       place more then a word just make them at least an inch apart. 
       Carefully place and Lay it on the tape.
9.    Cut 1" or more beyond the word or verse and fold the new end

       of the roll's tape about 1/2'.  Not the verse end. With your hand
       move the glass out of the way. 
10.  Pull out enough tape as long as the word, words or verse
       tape is. It should be 1/2-1" longer past the paper and as long
       as the verse tape.
11.  Flip over with sticky side facing down and not on, but above
       the verse/words tape.
12.  Stretching tape use your pinkys to hold down the far edges of
       the verse tape and slowly place the new tape on top centering
       and lining up the edges as close as possible.  If a little crooked
       that is okay.  We will trim later.
13.  Two choices.... Trim around the whole verse/words right next
       to the paper's edge or trim leaving 1/8 inch edging around the 
       paper's edge.  If you leave a plastic edge press the edge close
       to the paper's edge with you finger nail or scissors edge.  This
       seals it tightly.
14.  Lay out the verse's strips and make sure you taped all of them
       especially the individual word or words.
15.  If so, place in assigned #ed or lettered envelopes.

       This process may save you time, money and gas if you have items around the house already.  It will last a long time and maybe years to come if taken care of.  You may also have this done at an office supply store or at your teacher's lounge laminating machines. If you have the items for this project at home, why not try it.  There are many other games like puzzles, trivia subjects or flash cards.  The computer is a great tool to make some of this look more professional.  Have fun, thank you and enjoy!
      

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