We use a lot of glue sticks in this house. And I'm all about scratch paper for gluing. I used to grab newspaper for this, but I usually ended up using whatever was handy and it was often a half-finished drawing. Then it would get glued on and people would get sad. Enter the phone book. I would have never thought to keep them, but they are perfect for using under enthusiastic gluestick application. When the gluing is done, you just turn the page and have a fresh new sheet to glue on! Brilliant!
I got this tip from my friend Carolyn long ago and it's been so handy. I need to remind my pack-rat daughter that it doesn't mean we need to forever keep all the phone books we get. 3 is plenty. There have been talks about gluing together the phone books to make a tower of phone books, which is intriguing, and may make us start keeping more.