Upcycled Book Arts


My name is Bel Mills, and Scrap Paper Circus is my home studio outside Washington DC where I design and make one-of-a-kind journals and artist books out of ordinary, used, and cast-off paper.

Old maps, used books, paper sacks, soap boxes, canceled postage and envelopes are among my favorite materials. I love discovering interesting paper products in my home or at second-hand-stores and figuring out how to use it in a book.

The seed for this business was planted in 2015 when I took a book arts class for fun after years spent at home parenting my twin boys. I discovered that producing and using handmade journals gave me a refuge from digital distractions and a reason to be more present in my daily life. My goal is for my books to  bring the same benefits to you! 


Thanks for visiting!