Upcycled Journal

You may not know this about me yet, but I don’t like throwing things away. I wouldn’t call myself a hoarder. (But who really does?) I just like to give things a second life if I can. Paper is one of those things I feel like I can give multiple lives too. I see so many possibilities in one sheet of paper! Hence the reason I came up with this journal.  The really cool part about this journal is using already printed on paper. In my office, we end up with a large amount of paper that is only printed on one side. When someone is finished with that one side it gets thrown in recycling. I decided to take that paper and make journals out of it utilizing the side that is blank. If you don’t  want to make the journal, you could just turn the paper over for your notes or lists. However, I wanted to make it a little more special.

Here’s what I did:
1)   I took a stack of paper with one blank side. I folded each piece in half with the printed side on the inside.
2)   Then I used my Cinch binding machine to punch holes on the side opposite of the crease. This leaves the paper edge as the crease so you aren’t seeing the printed side at all.
3)   Then I bound it with the Cinch.
*I also added a cover with a piece of patterned cardstock.

Now you have a journal or notepad that is a little kinder to the environment!
What are your favorite ways to upcycle paper?