Tuesday Tip: Trimming Velcro Without the Annoying Residue

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To say we use “a lot” of Velcro as speech pathologists would be putting it lightly! If you’re like me, you like to buy the big spool of Velcro from the craft store, both to save money  and because you can cut it down to the exact size you need, which prevents waste.

**bonus tip: most of the major craft stores WILL accept the 40-60% off one regularly priced item coupon for Velcro rolls**

The residue that would be left behind on my scissors after I trimmed my Velcro used to drive me crazy, and I hated trying to scrub it all off. One day I heard about using cooking spray to prevent this issue, and let me tell you, it WORKS!

Lay down a paper towel or piece of scrap paper, place your open scissors down, and lightly spray the exposed blades.

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Trim your Velcro to the desired size.

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Rinse the cooking spray off of the scissors using warm water.

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Dry the blades thoroughly to prevent rusting.

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Hopefully this tip helps make your prep and planning days a little easier!

Ana

Tuesday Tip: “Pinning” Documents With a Stapler

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Do you ever staple your draft IEPs together to stay organized for a meeting, only to remove all the staples to make copies of the signature pages later? If you don’t already know about “pinning” documents with your stapler, you are sure to be excited about this one!

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Open your stapler and lift up on the bottom plate

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Rotate the plate

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Close the stapler and place your pin

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Voilà! Your pages are pinned together so you can stay organized, but  these “pinned” staples will be easy to remove later!

 

We hope you found this tip helpful! Happy pinning!

Ana

Tuesday Tip: Use Nail Polish to Make Materials Last

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I hope you are all having a great Tuesday!

I want to share some tips that make my life more convenient, starting with this awesome way to help your materials last longer!

We are speech pathologists. We live to laminate. Sadly, there are some things that you just can’t fit through that laminator slot!

For those items, I love to use permanent marker followed by a coat of clear nail polish! This ensures that my writing stays smudge free and bright for lasting materials!

Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Ana