Upcycle, upcycle, upcycle…that’s a motto I try and follow as often as I can. Since the Superhero and I are in the Office Furniture Biz, we get lots of 3 ring catalogs. When they get old and tatty, I hate to throw them away and they are not so easy to recycle, you have to rip them apart and of course they are designed NOT to fall apart. I had one in really good shape and thought it would make a great binder to keep all my teaching notes in one place – yes, old school I know, but as much as I love technology, I also like to keep a hard copy of the really important stuff. Those of you with school age kids probably have some hanging around and/or it’s a great way to update an old photo album.
The one I was using I had already painted for another purpose so the shiny coated paper was already covered. I set up my big gelli plate and had some fun. It took a bit of maneuvering but I was able to gelli and stencil print all the sides. I have also been hand carving some stamps lately as well, super simple graphic ones, so I played with permanent ink on top of the gelli painted surface. All super easy and a great way to give me a cheery new 3 ring binder…..You could also print/paint a sheet and collage the cover as well. Most anything is possible and I love keeping things out of the waste stream….let me know what you think?