I don’t know about other kids, but Ava is so prolific when it comes to creating. In one session she can go through so much paper it’s ridiculous. So, I have learnt not to throw anything away without reviewing its use for craft based activities.
Keeping a stockpile of new and used wrapping paper, fashion catalogues, newspapers, blank pages from old diaries and half used notebooks can save you a lot of money. Put these together with a few scrapbooks, coloured paper pads and origami paper sets and Bob’s your uncle (well Barry’s mine actually!).
And don’t get me started on the recycling bin. I am constantly raiding ours for cereal boxes, cardboard packaging inserts, empty paper towel rolls (etc) to add to The Craft Box (see our previous post for building up a good collection of art/craft stuff).
So here are my tips on how to build up a great paper stash:
Never throw out the really nice wrapping paper, of course unless your small peeps have torn it to shreds while opening their presents! I also tend to keep an eye out for cheap rolls of wrap when I’m at the local $2 shops, you’d be surprised what you can find. The latest lot I found had a variety of Japanese woodblock prints and patterns.
Sign up to store newsletters and if you can tick that box that requests a physical sample to be mailed to you, even better as it will come right to your door. When in stores, pick up the latest catalogues (I always take more than one, but be discreet about it!).
Postcards/Promotional Posters/Business Cards
You know those free postcards you see all over the place? If they have a nice design or cool imagery, pick some up to use in collages. Same goes with posters and store/shop business cards, if the patterns/design/images are fun you can use these too.
Scrapbooking Paper Pads
These are great but can often be a bit expensive. BUT, Aldi often sell these for a fraction of the price of other stores. The designs are really sweet and you can use them for a variety of things like wrapping small presents, collages, bunting and more.
Hope that helps and happy collecting xo