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Whether it's neatly organized into color-coded folders like my mother-in-law's or chucked into a tidy tray like a big cardstock lucky dip like mine, I guarantee that every scrapbooker has a scrap paper pile. Am I right?
Well, every now and then, I look at my pile of paper scraps and realize that I've used up all the good pieces and that I don't really like any of the pieces left in the tidy tray.
Even though I don't like the scraps left in there, I also can't stand the thought of throwing them out just because they're not pretty.
Do you know what I do? I recycle them and you can do it too. I'll show you how to make your own recycled scrapbooking paper. Keep reading and learn about these amazingly cheap scrapbooking on a budget ideas!
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• A pile of scrap paper (feel free to also use junk mail and old newspapers)
• A blender or food processor
•An old picture frame
•2 x pieces of mesh the same size as your picture frame (fly screen mesh works great)
•Nails, staples, duck tape - anything to attach your mesh to the picture frame
•A tray or bucket slightly larger than your picture frame
•A sponge or cloth ideal for soaking up water
•An old towel
Assembling the mold is easier than it looks, I promise!
Grab your picture frame and make sure to remove the back, glass, and anything else so you are left with the frame only.
Using either an industrial stapler or ducktape (I used both), attach one of your mesh pieces to the frame, so that the mesh is secured at the back of the frame like in the photograph below. It doesn't have to be neat, it just has to be pulled tight.
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If you have good quality duct tape or gaff tape that can withstand getting wet, you could also use this to attach the mesh instead of staples.
Guess what? You've nearly finished making your paper mold. All you need to do now is grab your second piece of mesh and cut it so that it approximately fits inside the frame like the photograph below.
Don't stress if making the mold feels like too much or you don't have a spare picture frame lying around. You can buy these molds for under $10 on Amazon by searching for paper making mold! Recycling scrapbook paper really is an affordable scrapbook making project!
This is probably my favorite step when it comes to recycled scrapbook paper as there is just something totally satisfying about ripping paper up. It's also one of those things the kids can easily help with.
Grab your scraps and tear them into one-inch strips. I threw my torn strips straight into the blender as I worked so that I didn't have to transfer it later when it was time to blend.
I should mention that in this example, I used mostly pink-toned scraps so that I would end up with pink-toned paper. I'll show you some more color examples at the end of this tutorial!