If you are like me, you get catalogues from Anthropologie, West Elm, and J.Crew and never have the heart to through them away. You see them as more than just catalogues, as bits of style inspiration and potential art materials. In my art area, I have a basket full of my favorite visual magazines and catalogues I have saved over the years. One of the ways I've reused them is by cutting or tearing out photos and pasting them onto paper (square pieces of grocery bags, card stock, etc.) and then tying them to gifts as a personalized gift tag, or mailing them as cheery greeting cards with a special note on the back.
These collages are from awhile back. Most of the material was from Anthropologie catalogues. I tore these photos out so that the edges would have that imperfect worn look. I attached a little message with yarn written on a bit of brown paper bag to the collage and voila- recycled and pretty tags or homemade cards, a perfect little surprise to brighten someone's day. Collages like this remind me of quilts. How neat would it be to make a large collage and frame it as a gift?