Monday, January 14, 2008

A Trashy Afternoon....

Thanks to Leah and CED2008 I'm constantly thinking about the ways I'm being creative....and I'm enjoying it. I don't always have pictures of everything because that would be difficult plus I'm sure a bit boring!!

If you've read this blog for any length of time then you know I love paper and I hate to throw it out....especially if it may have any use whatsoever. But we get a lot of junk mail. I mean a LOT!! For awhile I was keeping it to make paper mache but lately I haven't been using much paper mache....make that none, zero, zip!!....so I threw out all my bags of shredded paper. Yes, I had trash bags filled with shredded paper! Hey, you just never know when you might get the sudden urge to make paper pulp! It could happen.

In our house we are the proud owners of not one but three shredders! Yep! I said three. There's the old one that just makes strips. That one is up in the studio and doesn't get used much. Then I have a cross-cut shredder and so does HB. There are times when they're both going at the same time! I'm a firm believer that nothing goes into the trash that may have our names on it! I shred things that probably don't need to be shredded but better safe than sorry is my motto!

So yesterday I looked at my plain, simple box that holds the items to be shredded and it just looked so pitiful....it's an empty file folder box that sits on the shelf in the office. I decided to make it look a little nicer. What do you think?



I used a catalog from a paper place (I thought that was appropriate!) and just tore pages and glued them all over the box....even the bottom. Here it is at work....



I think that's being creative on a lazy Sunday afternoon plus it will give me pleasure to look over and see all those pretty colors instead of just a plain old file folder box. Maybe I'll even shred things more often and not wait until the box is overflowing!

I know it isn't a work of art or anything even close but it was fun and I did create something from nothing which is always one of my favorite things to do. Next I'm going to cover the box that I use for things that need filing. Soon I may have a riot of color here in the office and all of it from junk mail or throw-away catalogs.