Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day. Like many other blogs across the interwebs, D*I*Y Planner is happy to participate in this global event. Today's topic is on the environment and I thought it appropriate to repost an old article I wrote a few months ago on alternatives to recycling your old planner pages. Of course, you could avoid recycling paper and waste by using electronic capture devices but if that were the case then D*I*Y would cease to exist.

Who says your art and journal entries need to be clean and messy. You now have permission to reuse those forms, save them from the landfills and go make art with them. Recycling forms to make creative and original paper art is easy and fun. It focuses on the bits of papers that you aren't planning on keeping because they're not important enough to archive in a shoe box or scan into DEVONthink. I'm talking about using the daily forms that we commonly think of scrap papers. You know, those sheets that we find ourselves with more of and are constantly tossing into the trash. Yes, I am now telling you that you don't have to recycle those forms. Instead, you can use them to:

  • Create notebook covers. Transform your used planning pages into some real nifty works of art. Get a composition book and a trusty glue stick and start sticking those forms all over the cover of the journal. Print out a name for your journal and stick it on the cover. Coat the whole thing with modge-podge or another type of art sealer to protect the art from the elements. Or leave it and allow the natural use of the notebook to wash away the past. Use the notebook to record your thoughts on what makes you most productive. Or use it to keep track of work related meeting notes and action items.
  • Turn them into collages. Paste a whole slew of used forms onto a canvas or heavy card stock and write down your thoughts on productivity. Quote passages from Getting Things Done (or other productivity gurus!). Paste images people's work spaces, that you admire. Frame your art and hang it somewhere on your walls. Let it inspire and remind you to be productive.
  • Use them as backgrounds. Make personalized calling cards. Cut your forms up into business sized chunks and place a larger sized sticker that has your name, email and phone number on it. Think of a calling card as a personal card that you can give to anyone you want to hook up and network with.
  • Bind them all together and use them as backgrounds for an art journal. This is becoming more commonplace in the DIY book binding market. Many artists are reusing forms and papers and even text book pages for the backgrounds to their own journals. And now you can too. Fold your planning pages in half and sew them together to make a single signature book. Or you can get trickier and sew multiples together to have a small mini-journal next to you where ever you go.

Now you have a reason to reuse your forms rather than just recycling them into the dumpster. Save the landfills, and the recycling community by turning those papers into wonderful pieces of art that express your love (or dislike) for all things work related and productivity! Stop reading the forums, go grab that last batch of forms you chucked into the recycling bin and make art with it. Paste them into your journal. Scribble over it or date the entry and let it be shown that your planner now becomes your art!

Do you have any other ideas for recycling your planner pages and binders? Feel free let us know with your comments.

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Love these ideas! Goes along

Love these ideas! Goes along with something one of my flickr friends does: he makes collages on the annoying little subscription cards that fall out of magazines (on, not of).
Check them out here.
Amazing what can be done with a little thought, creativity, and glue!


Haha, I think it is great that you found a creative and artistic way to conserve some of your waste instead of tossing it into a landfill. Conservation is a huge part of my life and I am currently working with a coalition to ensure that congress sends the president a an energy bill that will drastically improve the environment. This bill will guarentee renewable energy growth and and enact the best fuel economy standard ever. Please check out with and sign the petition in order to make sure this bill gets passed. Every bit helps and I think you will find the imformation very interesting