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Friday, November 12, 2010


Only about 1/4 of the paper I have hoarded over the past 5 months

Although it seems like things these days are all electronic and computer based, magazines seem to still be thriving. I honestly think (and hope) that books and magazines never get lost in all the new gadgets and technology. There is something so comforting and fun to be able to physically touch and flip through a thick book or lay out a group of magazines on a coffee table as decoration. Having said that, I do think it is sad to see how much paper a company, such as a magazine publisher, goes through in such a short period of time. 

At work, we make what we call, "color books," which is basically the whole magazine printed out in color on paper. These color books are very necessary, because you would be surprised at the edits that tend to get lost on a computer screen compared to being printed out on a piece of paper. The editors look over these color books and make edits that we (graphic designers) then have to fix. Once fixed, we re-print out the pages to be looked over and approved. All of this printing is definitely needed, but watching the printer continuously spit out paper makes me think of the cartoon movie, Ferngully (haha I know how ridiculous that is).

It only took me about 5 months to finally decide that I needed to put all those discarded pieces of paper to use, and so the challenge began! I am to use all of the old edited pages to recycle them into crafts. I am not setting any kind of limits on this challenge, the one and only goal is to just use that paper towards something else! I plan on continuously posting pictures of any crafts that I end up making having to do with this challenge, hopefully some neat things come out of it. 

I challenge you to take a look at anything that you may consider waste (people not included haha) and try to make something out of it.
First finished project from the challenge. I have become incredibly obsessed with making lists, so this is my "new"
list book. Thankfully I work on magazines that have beautiful photography, so my recycled papers are pretty appealing!
Detail of book tabs.

1 comment:

  1. Love, love, love this! This is such a nice graphic, I would hang it on my wall!! My real wall, not my fb wall (haha). So glad you are doing stuff like this, because it's these things that lead to other things that get us somewhere we never dreamed we would be. (a good place!!!!). Anyway, try to blog more, I love them, and I will try to get on mine too!