It is a fact, when someone has the imagination and the inspiration needed, he can make truly beautiful little things using those that others throw away. Here's such a case I found on Go Make Something.Learn how you can use paint chip samples from wall paint companies to make cards, bookmarks and other stuff, here.
Here's another fun idea, using the same material: a paint chip garland.
If you click here you will learn how to make these cute little notebooks.
A search on Flickr brought these interesting results:
Greeting cards by Something to See
Cd covers by this is love forever
Another festive garland by paper ballet
Now you know what you will do the next time you pass by your neighbourhood's hardware store.