Thursday, 21 January 2016

Recycled paper and books.



Recycling old paper

A paper trail going in ever decreasing circles.

I have always had a love of books, of the printed word, I suppose it started when I was at school and could never get enough books to read. the local library was like a second home to me.
I never really thought about what happened to books when they got "Old"
When you're young you don't think of old at least I don't think I did, for me old was the lovely old lady on my way to school that had the most fantastic roses growing in her front garden.
Anyway back to books or more precisely the pages, and the paper they are made of.
Paper has to be one of the easiest things to recycle and also the most wasted.
I started recycling paper many years ago making my handmade paper from old letters, junk mail even cardboard.
There is something relaxing about taking something old and normally thrown away and turning it into something new and usable. 

I had many disasters, many sheets that were only fit for being recycled back into the mix themselves, but I always liked the feel of paper that is handmade and knowing I had given it a new lease on life for a while.
It is only recently that I could bring myself to dismantle a book take out the pages and use them for something other than reading.
Dictionary pages have endless possibilities, they make for some very interesting reading as a background on a card. 

Now I am making cards and journals using pages from dictionaries and sheet music.
Old, removed from their covers but definitely not wasted.
They have a lovely aged colour and feel, a history like old coins, if only they could tell of who read them, who wanted them and where they have been.
Not even wasting the covers, these are getting a new lease as well, as revamped covers for journals.
I like to think I am giving old, often neglected books a new lease on life, a new purpose.
Yes I trim edges off, but no they are not wasted they go in my stash to be pulped into new paper. 
I love old sheet music it just cries out to be made wanted again, to be given that new lease on life.
Whenever I get the opportunity to get some sheets I grab them with both hands.
Not knowing what they will become but knowing that not a square inch will be wasted.
I think the music gives a wonderful lightness to a card, making it almost sing.
Dictionary pages and sheet music are perfect for Steampunk themed cards.
I often get books that have such interesting pages that they have to be seen as they are for themselves, these I carefully remove they make great prints for framing.