Recycling Scrap Paper: A Crafty “To-Do”

I’m one of those people who’ll hold on to a scrap of paper as long as it has a blank space on it…you never know what little note, doodle, or vital piece of information could fit into it. I’ll write on anything: the back of envelopes, statements, receipts, old post-its, or whatever else I can get my hands onto that I don’t need to keep clean, and that has that beautiful blank real estate.

Admittedly, my love of paper isn’t wholly utilitarian. I’m also drawn to the areas that are filled in….be they the pages of a book, newspaper clippings, comic strips, maps, old letters, certificates, ledger entries, drawings, old photos, ads, illustrations, you name it…I like paper.

For instance, I shudder at the mere thought of these 4-inch squares of paper ephemera collected and sold by gleancreativereuse, including both vintage and contemporary….well, scraps of paper:

So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that I tend to hold on to it, and generally end up with my own pile of miscellaneous paper scraps…(unfortunately, they aren’t as beautiful as the ones above…but are generally more useful, because they do tend to have those wonderful blank spaces).

But how to organize them? How to make them even more useful? Well, looking around, I came across these Rescued Paper Notebook by SUKIE (based in Brighton, England) which are effectively notebooks of various sizes assembled out of an assortment of discarded papers.

Each paper includes a usable blank side, and may consist of end of print runs, advertising, envelopes, posters and paper work….from India.

While my paper sources aren’t nearly as exotic, I’m convinced I can create my own rescued paper notebooks out of my growing stash of scrap…but how to bind them? I went on the lookout to see if anyone else had already tackled this problem.

And of course, someone has….on one of my favourite blogs, no less. In September, Design*Sponge posted a DIY project by the BBBcraft sisters for Recycled Scrap Paper Notebooks where they repurposed old faxes and paper scraps, old wrapping paper, books, and other odds and ends…including a tutorial component that covers how to bind ’em all together easily. BINGO!

I’ve got everything I need…though I think I’ll get some colourful or decorative washi tape to make the spines of my recycled notebooks just a little more special. Like these beautiful minty and seafoam tapes from kawaiigoodies:

I can’t wait! I’ll keep everyone posted on my progress!!

…What do you do with your scrap papers? Do you bother to keep scraps around to reuse? Throw them out? Throw them in the recycle bin? Shred them? Or do you use them for other crafty projects?


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