New phone books are showing up on my doorstep. Three within the past few days, including a company I'd never heard of. Apparently the ad rates for yellow pages must be attractive as that's what most of these books were. It's that time of year, I guess.
I saved the real yellow pages and the outdated version, along with its competition, went in the recycle bag. Well...most of it did anyway.
I always save a section because it makes the perfect backdrop for gluing. Smear the glue right out to the edges of whatever you're working on then rip the page off and toss it. Unlike newspaper, the ink won't transfer or bleed through and you don't have to try to use every corner. It's free and you were going to get rid of it anyway. I've always kept a section of an old phone book in my crop bag just for this purpose as I hate having glue all over my work space when I attend a class or crop.
The pages work well as a work surface for alcohol inks too, and you could put them in the bottom of an old box to catch the overspray for the mists that have grown in popularity too. I've even used them with my paper drill so I could go all the way through the book cover I wanted the hole in without having to worry about damaging the table underneath.
Wayne always thinks the recycle bag fills up too quickly anyway; at least these pages from an old phone book serve two purposes before they're out the door.