On the second semester of 10th grade we were once again faced with P5 activities. P5 (Proyek Penguatan Profil Pelajar Pancasila) is a Pancasila student reinforcement project that has been done once before at the beginning of the school year. Last year both the 10th grade and 11th grade were participating in this project, but this year, only the 10th grade participated in P5. This year's theme is about recycled items, and each group must come up with an innovation using recycled items.

We plan on making a notebook made out of recycled paper. Previously, we had ideas about making dolls out of scrap cloth, pillowcases, recycled paper notebooks- the one that we went with- and tote bags. The reason that we chose a recycled paper notebook is that apparently, we already had the necessary tools and knowledge to make the notebook itself. There's also the fact that the other options are either met with immediate shortcomings, or that option was already taken by other groups. We also plan to decorate the covers to reflect Indonesian motifs.

The notebook is an A5-sized kettle-stitched and hardcover bound. The cover is decorated with scrap batik fabric, while the paper itself would be recycled using the mold-and-deckle technique. This technique is one of the most commonly used techniques for homemade recycled paper, in which the paper is shredded into tiny pieces, soaked in water for 12 to 24 hours, and then blended into a smooth pulp. From there, the pulp is then suspended in water to evenly spread it out and then strained using the mold and deckle. The resulting molded pulp is then placed on a piece of fabric and dried into paper.

These dried paper pieces are then going to be pressed underneath heavy objects (like a stack of books) to flatten them out, and then have their margins cut to ensure a smoother edge. Then, they are going to be folded in half, arranged into signatures, and then have holes poked into the middle where the thread is going to be. It is then bound using kettle stitches.

The cover of the book is going to be made out of hard cardboard. Carefully measured and cut, these pieces of cardboard will be placed in three sections: the cover, the spine, and the back cover. They will be laid carefully and glued onto a piece of paper or fabric to hold them together, then the signatures will be attached to the cover on the first and end pages of the corresponding covers. Then, the cover can be decorated with batik fabric. The inside of the book where the signatures are attached to the cover will be covered up with nicer-looking paper cut to size. With that, the book is complete and ready to be used.

With my previous experience being a failure, I was nervous that my second attempt would end horribly. But, to everyone's surprise, we actually produced products we are proud to call our own. Teamwork and time management are once again key points in successful projects like this one. We were much more thoughtful this time and our notebooks are definitely worth the beads of sweat dropped on my friend's backyard.