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Mini Album By Reyanna Klein
Reusing, recycling and reducing… three of my favorite words. 🙂 I also love that these three things help me save money! LOL. It really helps me save money when I make my own mini books. I use 12×12 plain chipboard that comes in packets of patterned paper (or cardstock)! They’re already kraft-colored, so they pretty much go with everything. You can add patterned paper, rub-ons, die-cut stickers… the options are endless! Just cut two squares (or whatever shape you’d like) in any size… one for the top of the book and one for the bottom. (If you use a book-ring, you can add more pages whenever you’d like.) Punch some holes, and bind the pages (ribbon, wire, book-rings, etc), and embellish till your heart is content! I added scraps (also good way to save money!) of patterned paper and some journaling spots to the center of this one. I love saving the planet… and even more so when it comes to my scrapbooking supplies!
It *Is* Easy Being Green by Suzy Haghighi
Just a few years ago this card would have been made with products that were killer for the environment and for ourselves. While far from perfect, the paper crafting industry has made great strides towards a cleaner Earth. In celebration of Earth Day, let’s take a look at some of the changes through this one card:
- The cardstock, by Core’dinations, is made from paper that was processed in the greenest possible way, a rarity for manufacturing paper. Core’dinations unique manufacturing process creates 80% less waste than conventional manufacturing and traps 99% of excess materials for reprocessing, and uses 30% less energy than conventional methods, making them one of the very few paper companies to earn an ISO 14001 certification.
- The paint on the card uses low or no VOC paint which uses new technology not possible until recently. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are toxins in paint that were always essential in the manufacturing. Cutting edge sometimes kicks it old school though: milk based paint, which uses technology that is thousands of years old, is making a comeback. There are lots of homemade recipes to make your own paint using milk that I keep meaning to try.
- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle saves not only the environment but your budget as well when you make your own embellishments. I save even the tiniest of scraps, which can be seen here on punched flowers. I can feel good about using the Prima flowers that I did purchase to use – the flowers are made from milled tree bark. No trees are killed in the production of the flowers, and the patterned paper, also by Prima, is made from recycled paper.
- The packaging my products come in is less wasteful than ever. Not only is this good for the environment, it saves on weight during shipping, which saves companies money, which they hopefully can pass onto us in purchase price.
Green does trickle down. Happy Earth Day!
Altered notebook by Beth Silaika
I admit it, I am a hoarder! I collect inexpensive items to alter. I also keep scraps of my designer papers in a 8×11 file folder, separated by paper company. It’s easy for me to grab scraps of smaller pieces of paper for cards and other alterable projects since they are in one central location. When my husband, Todd came home from China this past December, he had gotten half a dozen of these small journals. They had very strange quotes on the front. I don’t know what that means, but they were screaming to be altered.
The cover of the journal was very close to the color river rock. It was a heavy textured paper cover, so I left the edge showing and used a scrap of designer paper to cover the majority of the front of the journal. I used some other scraps from my bin sewn together with a zig zag stitch. I added a stamped image and a computer generated sentiment on the front. I colored the images with copic markers and a white gel pen.
The final product is a nice, small journal for the bedside table. Sometimes Todd has trouble sleeping, so I thought that if there was something bothering him and keeping him up at night, he could jot it down in his journal. Out of mind, onto paper and maybe sleep will come easier.
Happy Stamping and Happy Earth Day!
Green Quilt Cards by Trazy Shultz
I’m a frugal crafter- but what’s better than crafting cheap?? How about crafting green?! I save all of my scraps and I love to create tiny paper quilts/collages out of them. On this card I used 1″ squares of scrap decorative paper and to finish my scrap quilt off I faux-stitched around the edge of each little square. Save those scraps and make a paper quilt, you’ll love it!
Altered Embellishment Box by Anne-Marie Teo
I often collect the packaging that my scrapbook supplies come in and wherever possible, I like to incorporate bits of these onto my layouts or projects. In celebration of Earth Day, I decided to alter a box which contained chipboard I bought. I also used scraps for this altered project – bits of patterned paper and embellishments leftover from other projects. Altering is fun and really, anything goes. With all the scraps I used, I managed to come up with this in the end…I hope you have fun using up old packaging, recycling items and through this, help contribute to making our Earth a better place. Have a happy Earth Day!
Bottlecap Earrings by Jen McGuire
I am a hippie at heart so I enjoy celebrating Earth day. I love crafting with materials that would otherwise get thrown out and I really love “potluck crafting” (working with stuff that has been given to me) so when a friend recently gave me a handful of Izze caps I couldn’t wait to make something with them. I made super-easy earrings by attaching two caps to a pair of funky ear wires and a pendant by attaching a third cap to a jump ring. Cap jewelry can be customized in a million different ways by decoupaging fabric or paper to the back or front of the caps and/or by adding beads. It’s also great because they don’t take up too much room, and now I have made jewelry that I can gift back to my friend, the Izze sparkling juice addict!
Wallpaper Card by Fabrizio Martellucci
I love the idea of recycling and Earth Day is a wonderful cause. That got me thinking of going through my recycling trash to see what could I use that could be considered a good option for my crafts. As I was going through my stash I came across this old wallpaper samples book my BIL gave me nearly a year ago. I put it aside just in case I could use the patterns in the near future. I found this very wide red wine colored ribbon and thought, why not ? I’ve used two cuts with a similar pattern: one paper and the other fabric. I, then, cut out three patterns out of the paper and added little pearly gems to add a bit of bling. So there you have it, I’ve done my bit doing a bit of recycling.
Hair Accessory Tins by Melissa Norris
I love Alphabet Soup from KI Memories, but the tins the come in don’t really work for my organization. But they are adorable containers so I always save them to use later. After looking at one the other day, I realized they would be perfect for hair accessories for myself and my daughter. So I removed the label, added a strip of gaffer tape and some embellishments and tada, great little containers perfect for our pony tail holders and bobby pins!