Shopping from small businesses and individual artists is somewhat of a passion of mine. I love the feeling of knowing where my item is coming from, and how much it means to the person who made it that I have purchased it.
Additionally, these sellers always package their items in such cute ways, with personal notes, doodles, stickers, and so on! It really brightens my day to see the care that goes into the packages I receive!
But on the flip side… I never know what to do with the packaging afterwards! I can’t just keep a pile of invoices with cute doodles, or dozens of business cards with pretty art on them, but I can’t bring myself to throw them out or recycle them either.
And so, it is bullet journal to the rescue!
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I recently started keeping all of these small cute items and pasting them into spreads in my journal. These spreads are nice to flip through because they make me happy to look at, and remind me of how important it is to shop small, because of the sense of connection and community it instills.
These have quickly become some of my favorite pages to look at, and it is so fun to watch them grow over time, since each page represents a few months of purchases! In addition to making these pages, I have found it a lot of fun to use particularly cute business cards or doodles and so on as additions to my layouts.
I use them essentially like stickers, just by adding some double sided tape to the back of them (I recommend going with a scrapbooking kind for quality).
Another thing I have always loved about receiving mail is all of the cute stamps, so finally, I decided to make a page for stamps as well.
I think this idea can easily be used to keep any items which you feel bad throwing out or would like to keep, like cute packaging or ticket stubs from events, without adding clutter to your desk or living space! Or, instead of making dedicated layouts, they can be pasted in your weekly or daily layouts as a sort of memory tracker.
I know I love keeping small things which tend to end up in my pockets and all over the place, so this system has worked especially well for me, and I highly encourage anyone who does the same to give it a try!