Annals of Downsizing: Why Not Fold Some Paper?

July 12, 2021
Top, left, the folded leaves. Center left, one fold sheet and bone folder. Bottom right some of the papers in a stack. Top right collated signatures waiting for sewing. Weird  lighting is from an overhead chandelier.

I’ve got 10,000 things to do, but why not fold 800 sheets of paper?

While clearing out my storage room I found a box of pre-cut 17 x 11 inch paper with the grain running with the 11 inch side. I had it cut years ago to use for printing some zines I was making. It’s a lovely cream paper with flecks. (Mohawk Proterra Oyster—defunct since 2012.)

The sheets are too lovely and large to use for notes.

The paper is not thick enough for wet media.

But I’ve begun folding it down to 8.5 x 11 inch leaves to make into large dry media journals. I can use them for note taking and project planning, and maybe I’ll return to doodling?

Who knows? It just seems a better use for the paper than recycling it or cutting it down to note scrapes. (That would be a lifetime’s worth of note scraps!) 

And it’s making a great break from pulling books off the shelves and deciding whether they go or stay! That’s always a gut wrenching decision as each book seems like a friend I don’t want to say good-bye to.

Time to fold another batch…

    • Beverlee
    • July 12, 2021

    I am with you on the books, Roz. So hard to part with any. Definitely a good time to take a break and fold paper.

    1. Reply

      Beverlee, the break went well and I got more packing done as well!

    • Georgy
    • July 12, 2021

    YOU – just knowing you are in the world delights me.
    I enjoy your sharing very much.
    I had a favorite paper – for sending post cards every month – a card stock with colorful rag bits – that no longer exists.

    Just sharing tidbits – pretending we are chums . . .
    just because –

    You Rock!

    1. Reply

      Thanks Georgy. Don’t get me started on favorite papers for postscards, art or journaling. This paper I discuss was just for printing zines. But when it gets to paper for binding EEEEE. So many great papers are long gone.

    • Gwen
    • July 12, 2021

    Sounds like we are in the same boat as far as downsizing goes.
    It isn’t easy. There are times when it feels good to minimize my things, but other times, not so much.

    1. Reply

      There are a lot of things I don’t mind giving up Gwen, but the books are hard to let go of. Whole other lives are in those books.

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