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December 20, 2011

How to Stop Hoarding Art Paper and Put It to Good Holiday Use

Somerset Studios magazine's November-December 2011 issue

Somerset Studios magazine's November-December 2011 issue

Encouraged by an article in Somerset Studio magazine, crafter Dana McCranie discusses documenting her favorite paper designs then using them creatively.

I’ve confessed to you my love of paper before. You know this about me. What I haven’t told you is how much of it I hoard and never use because I’m just waiting for the right moment. What about you? Are you sitting on a beautiful stash just waiting for the perfect project? In the column Make It Your Own in the November/December 2011 issue of Somerset Studio magazine, artist Michelle Ward offers a challenge to paper hoarders like myself in her article “Claiming Paper.”

Ward admits to being a paper collector, but she also shares how she got over letting sentimentality keep her from making use of this collection. After deciding she would use the paper she had, she started a journal page to document her favorite sheets. She would put a small clipping on the page and then add an entry about why she was drawn to the paper. She calls it “me first” journaling. Then, she puts the rest in a “use me” pile. She also says that she likes to claim the paper she has by putting her mark on it and she encourages readers to do the same. In this article you’ll find beautiful examples of her process of claiming the paper she has and putting it to use.

At this time of year, we are constantly in need of wrapping paper. After seeing how Ward has taken various papers and personalized them, I am crossing gift wrap off my shopping list. From spray paint with stencils to stamps and paint, it is exciting to see the new life these different papers receive. It is a beautiful way to use your resources, save money, be creative and also personalize what you are giving.



About the Author

Dana McCranie
Dana McCranie
Dana McCranie writes, prays, laughs, loves glitter and will hug you even if you try to shake her hand. You can often find her behind her camera, striving to build a photography business. You'll never find her as happy as she is dancing around her kitchen with her daughter, son and amazing husband.




  • Anonymous

    It IS hard to actually use great paper and fun trinkets. They’re like little pieces of art. But you’re right; we’ll just turn into hoarders! Especially since we can’t fold the really good stuff!

  • Anonymous

    Ha! You are so right. That is my New Year’s resolution, to put to use these beautiful bits and to even actually give them away. I am finding the more I raid my stash, the more fun and easier it gets. It is an exercise in letting go.