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Tutorial Tuesday – Recycled Paper!

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OK.  I’ll admit that I’m not a huge recycler.  It’s strange since I live in a very hippie-centric area.  There are a couple reasons why, though – 1) our landlord won’t provide a recycling bin because he’s old and crazy (the only reasons I can think of), and 2) my local recycling center has super wonky hours.  Probably because everyone is just using their recycling bins.  So, let’s just say that I was SUPER irritated when Santa Monica passed a law saying that all retail stores are no longer allowed to send purchases out the door in plastic bags.  You either have to bring in your own bags or pay 10 cents for a paper bag.  I’m sure I might get a lot of flack for my lack of gung-hoedness on this environmental issue, but I just see it as a huge pain.  I know, dolphins are drowning or something.  Calm down, I bought the recyclable bags!! 

BUT, what does totally bug me is seeing a new phone book sitting outside every door of my apartment complex and pulling a pound of junk mail out of my mailbox.  You guys, who uses a phone book?  At least plastic bags are used to carry something.  And I use them to clean my cat litter (side note – now what am I going to use???).  I don’t even think my 70+ year-old dad would haul a phone book out and let his fingers do the walking.  They would walk to the computer keyboard and type.  And junk mail…  Please stop.  I don’t care that Spaghettios are on sale this week.  Especially since you’re not even giving me a coupon.  AT LEAST THROW ME A COUPON, FOR PETE’S SAKE!

So, in light of this, I ran across a couple of DIY projects that utilize all that wasted paper.  Check these out:

Finally.  Something to do with that blasted phone book.  Something besides tieing a note to it saying “STOP HANDING THESE OUT!” and throwing it through the Yellow Pages office window.  No, I would never do that.  I’m more of a molotov cocktail kind of girl.  ZING!  And joking…

I swear I’ve seen these in a boutique or catalog somewhere.  Isn’t this a great way to get rid of old magazines?  Or the more glossy versions of junk mail?       

This one is gorgeous.  GORGEOUS!  If you want to do something on a smaller scale, you could also utilize one of my favorite things on earth – IKEA!!!  I think a mirror costs like $3.  For serious.  You could also use one of their super duper cheap picture frames.  I’m telling you, if there’s one near you, stroll through Ikea and drink in all the cheap prices.  Drink it up (like a milkshake).

Granted, this is made from an old map.  But you could totally make it with anything.  Just think, you could have little pictures of carpet cleaners on there.  Or laser hair removal.  Thanks junk mail…

So, take THAT Santa Monica recyclers!  Now can I please have plastic bags back?  Just me if you’re worried about sea turtles and stuff.  I promise I won’t tell anyone.  And I really promise I won’t throw them into the ocean. 

On a side note, I’m sorry I’ve been a little MIA lately.  My day job (gag) has decided to make me do things like work really hard (double gag).  Hopefully I’m back on track now with the more important things in life.  Like blogging and crafting.

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