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Creatively-Green is a brand new company which was created by Nicole T Gailliot. While there are many scrapbooking companies, there are very few which have made a commitment to being green. However, we can count a million different challenges and contests focusing around being GREEN. Yet there are maybe 10 actual scrapbooking companies which make anything recycled. Nicole says, "It’s an age old challenge to see whether it really is possible to be green while being in a paper crafting industry. However, it is our firm belief that the scrapbooking industry is no different than any other industry, in that it is consumer driven. As consumers we DRIVE the market. As ARTISTS, we can do BETTER!" The entire idea of scrapbooking and creating is to leave a legacy for our family – Can you imagine a place without trees? Is this the legacy we want to leave?
Nicole tells us that she uses a green grocery bag and finds herself refusing plastic bags while shopping. "More and more I find myself at the little “town” fruit stand, just so I can support the smaller independent farmers. I am sure I am not alone!" Creatively Green has taken that same concept and applied it to creating green. "We only carry companies and products which have made a solid commitment to being green and we support local independent artists who create their own products. Everything in our store has a story behind it, why we picked it, what’s green about it, who makes it, and why we love it." Nicole heavily researches each and every item that is brought into the store. "Our store is different, in that, a large majority of the product in the store are actually designed by common people with extraordinary talent and vision. We combine the traditional side of paper crafting while embracing the new trend of being green.The best way we can support local artists is to buy art."
The Online Store
The online store is an extension of everything Creatively Green represents. "We carefully research each and every product that is sold in our store. We don’t carry everything, but what we do choose is unique." Oh and yes, Creatively Green does carry paper too! They have over 200 designed patterned papers, all recycled, from manufacturers such as Jillibean Soup, Paper Trunk, Piggy Tales, and more! Creatively Green is not just about paper. They have a tremendous amount of products you have probably never even seen before. "We carry a line of handmade and recycled 3 inch flowers by Precocious Paper. These are GORGEOUS and were recently featured in Green Craft magazine. Let’s talk stuff to alter, we have tins, trims, boxes, soy dyed jute bags, eco friendly tote bags, and eco friendly craft boxes. We have a gorgeous line of vintage embellishments- these babies are made from an artist ( a man), who takes photographs and reproduces them, adheres them to reclaimed birchboard and then die cute them out – they are unique and a must have! We carry a fabulous line of eco friendly paints by Earth Safe Finishes, these are metallic and stunning!" Oh, and to dismiss the myth that green products are more expensive, let’s clear that up now: Creatively Green has over 200 products in their store under $5. So not only are they green, but they are reasonable!
They’re a manufacturer too!
Haven’t heard enough yet, good- we’ve got more! Not only is Creatively Green the only online store specializing in eco friendly scrapbooking supplies, but they are a manufacturer too. A really, really small one! Nicole says, "We have our own line of 100% recycled textured cardstock, in over 80 colors, oh and in every size from 12×12-6×6. We offer multipacks, theme packs, and quads, with a price point to knock your socks off! As an introductory special to get to know us- we are offering our entire line of cardstock at a whopping 40% off and we offer free WORLDWIDE shipping on order over $50.00, that’s all day- everyday!" Nicole tells us, "We also just launched our first of many embellishment lines called Clay Artz. These are handmade embellishments made from polymer clay, sold in "Trios", small themed sets for $1.99 each. They are the perfect embellishments for cards, layouts, and any paper crafting." This lovely card was created by Jennifer Hanson, featuring one of their holiday themed embellishments.
Need a little inspiration to Create Green?
Creatively Green’s blog features a special eco friendly tutorial every Friday which can be completed in under 30 minutes! They have a fabulous group of 12 extremely talented women on their design team from all over the world. They represent everything Creatively Green is about – diversity at its best. "Our designers are paper crafters, painters, mixed media designers, card makers, stampers, but above all eco – friendly!" The 2009 design team includes: Jennifer Hansen, Susan Daly, Alice Wertz, Lida Garcia, Cyndi Pfeiffer, Nicole Terry, Sheila Daniels, Jackie Leigh, Marcie Morgan, Ivy Wong, Deanne Burton, and Amy Duff. You will be amazed at their wonderful talent by visiting the message board and gallery. This a hot spot. There are tons of ideas on how to create green, tutorials ,videos on how to make your own embellishments, project ideas, contests, swaps, challenges galore and much more! Hable Espanol? There is a special section on the message board for international Spanish speaking crafters! Wanna be our friend, join us on facebook!. Look at what we’re doing, creating green at its best- and we’re just getting warmed up!
Beyond all this, Creatively Green also has a monthly kit club. Being green, the kits are inspired by nature, flowers specifically. "We have between 2-4 different kits featured every month, and they range from project kits, altered kits, scrapbook kits, painting kits, card kits, and home decor kits. We have two kits being released this month- shipping September 15th, "The Delphinium Kit" our card kit and "Kangaroo Paws" our Scrapbook Kit. We introduced these kits less than a month ago and they are already half sold out! So come and get to know how to create GREEN!" As a special promotion to ScrapScene readers, we are offering the remainder of our kits as a BOGO! Yep – that’s right, purchase our "Kangaroo Paws" kit for $28.50 and we’ll include the card kit " The Delphinium" for free!! Enter BOGO at checkout to receive your free card kit!