We don’t want to be the colleague who gives out random office supplies to everyone. That's really just one pretty gift wrapper away from unimaginative.
But once every few Christmases, it’s okay to avoid stressing so much about what to give each and every person on your 6-page Christmas list. So why not give your officemates notepads? Alright, that sounds very, very, very mundane but let’s face it, what are good gifts for people you know but don’t really? Stationery. You can never go wrong with that.
On a separate but related note, I love monogramming things. I think monogram is the answer to most of life’s questions.
From signets of the kings of old, to ancient Greek coins to Louis Vuitton, monogram has always served above and beyond its call of duty. Now, what are better gifts for people you know but don’t really? Monogrammed stationery. The name is the one thing you know best about each of them, so take all the advantage you can out of it.
Today let’s make initialed notepads. You had to believe I wasn’t just going to let you run down the nearest bookstore, pick up colored memo pads and mechanically hand them out.
First, I want to acknowledge that I followed the procedures on how to make DIY notepads from KIN Community, so I cannot provide said procedures myself. You may check out the complete steps here to begin the process.
That was not a difficult process, but neither was it short. But as soon I had done the basic notepads, everything else was simple. I needed only prepare two things more:
(1) The letters for the name initials. Remember the chipboard alphabet I used in this project? I simply painted them black.
(2) Blackboard-surface paper, cut to size for the covers, because I used recycled and embarrassingly uncoordinated cardstock for the cover.
Then I skillfully assembled the notepads, the chipboards and the covers like they were some sort of stationery transformers.
Okay, skill has less to do with it than the power of adhesives.
And here, they are - easy as ABC! (See what I did there?)
The cool thing about blackboard paper is that you can leave awesome messages to personalize stuff further. I'm leaving the McDonald's delivery number for all the hungry "nightshifters".
Don't be the one who hands out office supplies every Christmas. Be the one who hands out personalized office supplies!