Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Inkling: scratch paper memo boxes

Do you keep scratch paper by your main phone or your kitchen central?  There are several options for phone messages and notes. Little scratch pads, post its, memo pads, dry erase boards etc.

I like to use scratch paper. I have a really pretty ice-blue linen covered box with beautiful cardstock sheets by my phone but it’s too nice to use for scratch paper so it sits there as a decorative item. The other option is to use post its but they always seem to disappear. I needed something that was pretty enough to be decorative but that I'd use.

My solution was to use my paper stash and make my own scratch paper. It was time to whittle down the paper stash anyway.

I found a box that was a nice size for kitchen central. I covered the box in what else… security envelope paper. I then cut down sheets of paper to fit inside the box. I used paper left over from projects, bits of origami paper, print outs and more security envelope paper.

I made an even smaller box for the smaller scraps of paper that measure about 2" x 2". Some of the paper is heavily patterned but the back side is blank and can be used for notes or messages.

A great way to recycle paper trimmings left over from projects or from junk mail.

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22 comments :

  1. What a great idea! However, since moving away from the US, I almost never get junk mail. I might have to come up with an alternative.

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  2. What a great way to corral scraps and use them.

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  3. I love this idea. I may just have to try it! I've been trying to think of things to use with all my scratch paper. great job.

    kathryn
    www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com
    twitter: kathblogger

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  4. That is gorgeous! I need this! We found your blog through a linky party and are your newest followers! We would love for you to follow us, too! We have an awesome giveaway going on right now. Come check us out!

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  5. another awesome idea - I just love it :)

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  6. Cool project, Carolyn. Have a great weekend.

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  7. This is a lovely idea! I'd gotten one of those scrapbooking sets that has around 100 sheets with the same 10 designs rotating through for cheap, and had NO idea what I was going to do with the extras until now!

    This will be perfect to jot down ideas when there seems to be no notebook in sight! Thanks again!

    Suzanna
    zannidify.blogspot.com

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  8. Fabulous!!! I am always looking for paper to write on... I must admit, I would probably be afraid to write on my leftover designer paper - but I think I could get over it - lol... I tend to use sticky notes because I leave them all over the house - sometimes even on my steering wheel! Too funny... you are absolutely addicted aren't you?!?! Love all your melon art and decor!! I stopped over from the Answer is Chocolate BFF Link Party where I've linked up too... pop on over if you get a chance.
    Hugs, antonella :-)
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  9. Great idea and looks great too.

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

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  10. oo oo oo idea..haha hubby just emptied his box of truvia and i saved it. i've been doing that a lot lately. anyhow i think it would make a perfect box for this. thank you for the inspiration.

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  11. What a fantastic idea Carolyn, and such a great way to use up those scraps!

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  12. Great recycling idea! I put up a tutorial for making a scratch paper note-holder, made using origami method. It's even cheaper than using a box as it can be made from a couple of sheets of newspaper or any kind of paper, really :)
    Here's the link:
    http://merrymakes.blogspot.com/2010/11/easy-origami-note-holder.html

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  13. I work at a church and we do this all the time. Anything to save money but our paper isn't this cute.

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  14. I'm all for recycling, fantastic.

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  15. I love this and am going to do it tomorrow. Love your ideas and am so glad I found your blog.
    My best-Diane

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  16. I love it when something as functional as this is made beautiful! Every week you amaze me with your creativity:)

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  17. What a prefect idea! I always need scratch paper and my scrap book paper collection it out of control! Accomplishing two things with one idea! Perfect!

    I am featuring these on my blog on Saturday! Feel free to stop by and grab a button!!

    Ashley
    www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

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  18. Found you through Yesterday on Tuesday...love your site!

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  19. I love this idea and of course as always its so chic looking! Love it!

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