My love for paper — perhaps you could call it an obsession — started when I took a trip to Michaels (the craft store at which I can never not spend money) and purchased a 5-pound bag of colorful scraps of paper for $5. Mind you, this was probably when I was in fifth grade, so the obsessive behavior continues to this very day. That plastic package contained sheets of all sizes — the standard 8.5 x 11, small 2×2 squares, 12×12, and everything in between. There was cardstock, corrugated cardboard, and paper of different thicknesses.
Suffice to say, I’m now that girl, the one that hoards the unwrapped gift wrap after the white elephant gift exchange game and the one who will cut out and save portions of the greeting cards I receive from other people. And sometimes I figure I mind as well keep the cards’ envelopes, too.
Some of these behaviors may seem kind of odd. However, I think this penchant for paper challenges me to look for craft materials in unusual places. Those words on the advertisement in the magazine are letters that can spell out messages on my cards. The paper bag from Trader Joe’s is a material for one of the layers on the front. Those tiny, seemingly unusable scraps can be collaged and salvaged.
In the end, I can usually convince myself that my obsessive love for paper is purely a sign of resourcefulness. It’s all about the mindset.