Paper, paper, everywhere.
And not a piece to use.
OK, so maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration but with four children in school, the amount of paper that comes into our house is staggering.
The funny thing is, I am constantly looking for scrap paper. How stupid is that?!
So this paper entrenched momma did something wild and crazy. I made some note pads!
Paper- blank on one side, preferably notices and pages without identifying information
Mod Podge or Decoupage medium
Wide paint brush or foam craft brush.
Recycled box- cereal, Capri Sun, tissue box, shoe box- a tad thicker sort of cardboard works best
Scissors or straight edge cutting tool
Paper clips- rubber bands might work too.
Using my current weeks paper haul, the paper was cut into quarters evenly using a pair of scissors. Cut out a piece of cardboard to the same dimensions (for printer paper this would be 4.25 inches by 5.5 inches.)
Line up top edge of paper with cardboard at the base. Clip paper and cardboard together securely so that the top edge is exposed. If you use thicker cardboard, using a rubber-band for this step might work too. You just don’t want the paper to curl or bend. Additionally, you can use a piece of cardboard both on the top and the bottom and then simply remove the top piece before use.
Allow to dry completely or use heat tool to dry.
Voila! Recycled paper note pad!
My daughter wanted to take this idea a step further and she made up a template with 4 different designs in each quadrant. The designs were then photocopied onto the recycled paper before cutting. I secured them in the same manner as described above.
If you are a digital type of creator, simply make a template digitally to print onto the recycled paper. So many cute Photoshop brushes and embellishments to use!
Hopefully this quick and easy project inspires you to use all of your recycled papers!
Thanks for reading.