It ain’t easy being green!

Kermit didn’t know about upcycling junk paper into beautiful journals!

How much junk paper do you throw into your garbage bin or recycle bin each collection day? Where does it all come from?

  • There’s packaging from foods, from medications, from cleaning products.
  • What about the flyers from local shops that fill our letterboxes?
  • Do you get a newspaper or two each week? Or a magazine?

What if I told you there is a way to use all that paper?

I make junk journals from most of the paper that comes into my house and also into some of my friends’ houses.

Our paper recycling bin is usually less that one quarter full because I harvest the paper for my journal making.

What is harvesting paper?

Harvesting is cutting or tearing out useful parts of the junk paper.

  • Pictures, words, plain unprinted paper, envelopes, tissue paper, wrapping paper.
  • The sides of cereal boxes make great covers.
  • Medication boxes are excellent for making tags and journalling cards, as are pretty tissue boxes, or other lightweight packaging.
Painted packaging
Harvested packaging painted for tags and cards.

Of course, you need a storage system for all the harvested paper. I’ll talk to you about that next time.

Former quilt artist, now a painter having a great time creating art! For more than thirty years, I have been teaching (make that enthusing) people about making quilts, and am now retired! And now I make art every day!

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