The trend to scrapbook eco-consciously is more prevelant now than ever. With more and more of the world around us recycling and talking about using renewable resources, scrapbookers and crafters as a whole can’t help but want to join in.
Not only is it good for the environment to be using recycled materials, but it is often easier on our pocket books. Take a look around your house and see what items you can repurpose into a decorative altered project. Here are a few ideas:
- license plates: drill holes in the sides to make covers for a mini book (here‘s one!)
- make greeting card envelopes out of telephone book pages, magazine pages or leaves from an old book (here you can see recycled magazine pages turned into envelopes)
- old costume jewelry can be reused as embellishments on a scrapbook layout
- feathers are really trendy right now (see our trends post) – if you can’t find any around, you can purchase digital ones from Kitschy Digitals or real ones from this Etsy seller, The Little Bead Hive (see photo below)
- tea & coffee staining – try this to dye ribbons, twill tape and scraps of fabric
- carve your own stamps out of potatoes (yes, just like in Kindergarten!)
- old clothing – add frayed pieces of fabric to layouts for a shabby chic look
- press flowers & leaves for decorating the front of a greeting card or to add a nature-theme to a layout
- do a layout about a typical menu for a week in your household – peel off can labels and use them in your page (don’t forget to re-label the cans if you’re not eating the contents right away!)
- Retta, of Foxy’s Weblog, turns an ordinary canning jar into a "Fairy Jar" (see photos below)
- here’s an inspiration board made eco-friendly by having it made out of an old window
Many scrapbook manufacturers are using recycled materials in their products as well as their packaging. Check the labels before you buy.
You may also be interested in checking out our latest eBook, "Scrappy Gifts." Many projects included in this eBook are made using recycled materials found either around the house or at a flea market.
Here are some projects we have published which feature recycled materials to create unique scrapbooking projects:
Here we posted about Altered Playing Cards.
More links to eco crafts here, including atlas pages turned into envelopes.
Also, Sheila of Cheeky Magpie recently wrote an article on green crafting. You can see it here.