A recap of #30daysofpaper (so far)

Throughout November I've been joining in with Jocelyn's latest #30daysofpaper - there's a few more days to go but I thought I'd share my favourites with you here today. Below is the challenge that Jocelyn set and some of them have proved trickier than others. 

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So starting off I chose these pretty flower shapes for day 1, they're supposed to be threaded onto twine to form a garland, and I tried this but I wasn't happy with them. So I unstrung them and now plan to use them perhaps on cards using a button in the centre, we'll see...

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Then it was straight onto blue for day 2 and I went for this old map, which at some point I plan to turn into gift tags. I've a whole book full of maps so I expect there'll be one or two gift tags!

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For my S and day 5 there's these five stamps, they're tiny - about the size of a penny - and I plan to use these somehow on the Christmas cards I've still not yet made a start on...

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So jumping forward to day 11 this bundle of goodies were my reward for a trip to Ikea. Well every trip there needs a reward, right? And they were only £1.25 each, so a bargain too - I've no idea what I'll use them for, but I couldn't leave them on the shelf there...

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Day 13 and R was one of those that threw me initially, but then I remembered my lovely rolls of washi tape, which admittedly has grown a little since August's #31daysofpaper - I predict this trend will continue through 2015!

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The animal prompt always throws me and day 15 was no different - looking at my bookshelves for inspiration I spotted my Rupert the Bear annuals. This one turned out to be a complete bargain, reduced by 50% to 25p! So that was my animal sorted. 

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Day 16 and P brought just the prompt I needed to play with my new parcel tag shaped punch. And for good measure the older snowflake and Christmas tree mini punches too. I'm hoping that somehow these will feature on those Christmas cards I've not started yet!

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During December I plan to take part in another #30lists challenge. I'm not sure how I'll share those yet but I plan to use these cards, even though they're not that Christmassy. These are new but are quickly becoming a favourite and so perfect for day 17 - you know the sort of favourite that you keep just getting out and looking at? Nope, just me then. 

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The prompt for day 18 was green and I chose to interpret that more creatively with a pile of newspapers in our porch waiting to be recycled. And I couldn't resist giving this the black and white treatment either.

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This dedication was inside one of those Rupert the Bear annuals I discovered earlier and while I don't always feel vintage myself I'm pretty sure that 1969 must come under that banner...

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So the final photo I'm sharing is from day 23 and it's these small pocket guides which I find invaluable when travelling to avoid looking too much like a tourist. The phrase books are a godsend as while I can usually say hello, goodbye, please and thank you and order a couple of beers or red wine in the local language, at times we need a bit more than that!  Though for the really tricky stuff I send MOH off armed with the phrase book, like the time in Barcelona when we needed more coat hangers (there were only three in the wardrobe and we had a week's worth of clothes). That ended well though, with a bemused hotelier and thankfully more coat hangers!

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So there's five days left - I'm still deciding on today's "organise" - and once again it's been great fun and a great reminder of the paper we have in our lives that often we don't realise - thanks for putting this challenge together Jocelyn.  If you want to see the rest of my #30daysofpaper, then you can see them here on Instagram

...I'm off now, as I think today I'm finally going to make a start on those Christmas cards!

The Reading Residence