November 24th, 2009 | Link
All year long when I’m making books I put the leftover bits and pieces of paper in a bin, and at the end of the year I sort it all into scrap paper packets. Most of the pieces are Japanese Chiyogami or Yuzen papers; most of the remainder are papers from India or the US; and a few are cardstock.
I have six of these packets to give away this month. The papers range in size from narrow strips to about 5″ by 7″, and as you can see in the picture there’s a nice assortment of different papers in each. I wrote a post a while back about things I’ve done with similar scraps, and here are a few more things you could do with them:
- Marble magnets
- Jewelry using pendant trays or Scrabble tiles or dominoes or glass tiles or microscope slides (you can easily find small quantities of glass tiles, Scrabble tiles, bails, chains, cords, etc. on Etsysearch in Supplies)
- Cover the lid of an Altoids tin and make a travel candleor cover tins for lip balm or bath salts or jewelry or tea (again, try Etsy for tins)
- Make stickers (if you have a Xyron machine)
- Make place cards
- Make matchboxes (here’s some beautiful inspiration)
- Turn a pad of small sticky notes into a book
- Make a small version of this ornament accordion book
- Make a Washi fan card or a kimono card
- Make a string of pennants
So now that you’ve had a chance to think about it, leave a comment by midnight PST on November 30th and tell me what you could do with a packet of pretty papers. I’ll draw up to six winners at random on December 1st and contact them by email, and then mail out the booty later in the week. (Obviously you’ll have to trust me with your mailing address if you win, but I promise I’m not creepy or anything and I won’t sell it to anybody.)
UPDATE: Entries are now closed, and the winner is Anne! Thanks, Anne, for entering. I’ll be sending your paper packet off to you tomorrow!