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Eco Scrapbooking & Paper Crafting – Be Green

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:

ScrapScene Guest Poster, Karin of Creative Chaos, turned an ordinary tin can into a pretty pen holder in this tutorial. (See one photo below.)

Here we posted about Altered Playing Cards.

Kristen Swain altered a bread crumb container shown here.

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.

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  1. April 27th, 2009Posted | Permalink

    You are my muse sweetie ! thanks for this amazing post !

  2. April 27th, 2009Posted | Permalink

    These are great ideas!

  3. April 27th, 2009Posted | Permalink

    Thanks for the fabulous eco-friendly ideas!

  4. April 27th, 2009Posted | Permalink

    Cool! I have never been told I’m someone’s muse before – I kind of like that idea, LOL! 🙂

  5. jen t.
    April 27th, 2009Posted | Permalink

    thanks for the inspiration!! jen t.

  6. April 27th, 2009Posted | Permalink

    Angie, I LOVE to recycle items in scrapbooking and crafts. I recently turned a Xyron refill box in to a organizer for my scrap table (, but currently have a challenge. I have been saving toilet paper rolls for a while now with the aniticpation they have a greater purpose than to serve us toilet paper. I now have 26 and have no idea what I could do with this. You are super crafty, suggestions?

  7. April 27th, 2009Posted | Permalink

    Oh! I thought you might like this!

  8. April 27th, 2009Posted | Permalink

    Good question about the toilet paper rolls! You know I recall Donna Downey had a Trash to Treasure challenge with them awhile back…. you might find something in her archives.

  9. April 27th, 2009Posted | Permalink

    I started making envelopes out of old magazines and books to save money on buying new ones. Plus, the recipient gets a little surprise when they open their mailbox. 🙂

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