Have you ever looked into your office’s recycle bin? Most of the paper there is probably only written on one side. There may be plenty of sheets that are even blank or only have writing on the margins. What a waste! At least many businesses are sending these valuable pages to be recycled. Still….there must be a better way to use these valuable materials!
16 Section Folio
When I was a kid, I went to a parochial school. The nuns didn’t want to waste even a tiny space on a sheet of paper. They would teach us to fold each paper into 16 different sections and then we would use each of these mini-folios until both sides of the paper had writing on them. I thought this practice had disappeared until I visited a friend’s house and she did the same thing with her kids. Certainly, we can harvest at least a single side of the paper to turn it into an 8 section folio.
My sister is a poet and professor. I remember when we were children, she would carry a small journal everywhere she went so that she could record thoughts, phrases, and words that she heard around her. After all of these years, I can only imagine how many of these books of ephemera that she has collected. I’ve learned how to create these Chap Books with the recycle bin paper and used greeting cards. Here is a small section of the books that I made last week. All it took was some scrap paper, pretty cardstock and a staple or piece of embroidery floss. The photo on the far left was made by repurposing an old greeting card. I’ve even used cracker and cereal boxes as covers for these chap books. They are so colorful and fun and sure to get some comments at the coffee shop.