Archive for April, 2009

More Scrapping of Scraps!

Check out this Meghan Monday post over at Green Scene (Laura Seymour’s blog)!  Cards are a GREAT way to use up scraps because the canvas is so much smaller than your typical scrapbook page.  Check out this post as well on “environmentally friendly” papers.  Let’s face it, scrapbooking is not innately environmently friendly, from paper waste to printing photos, etc.  That said, it probably gets a better green ranking than auto racing (as far as hobbies go), so why not do your best to be as wasteless as possible?  I know I promised a post on candy boxes and such, but that will have to wait until I’m at home with my camera. 🙂

I hope everyone is enjoying the Use Your Stash Challenge!

Stash Challenge: patterned paper scraps

I didn’t get a lot of crafting done this week, but I made two cards.  The first one is a good demonstration of how to use those tiny scraps of patterned paper you have in your stash.  Some of the flowers  are design elements from small bits and pieces of patterned paper I had lying around.  I also used miscellaneous stickers and brads to give it a more random/natural look.  As part of my USE YOUR STASH month-long challenge (see sidebar), neither card is made using newly purchased materials.


Detail of flowers:


MATERIALS: white cardstock, Marrakech paper pad;  assorted flower brads (“Spring Fling” line from Making Memories); epoxy stickers (owl, butterfly, leaves on flowers) from Paperchase, flower stickers (Jolee’s Boutique by EK Success); flowers cut out from scrap pp; alphas are “French Market Alphabet Stickers” (Rusty Pickle, ST71).



MATERIALS: white cardstock; Marrakech paper pad; decorative tape (self-adhesive ribbon) from Martha Stewart, alpha stickers (Sarah Milne’s “Sumner Squares” for Scenic Route (SRS 494).

NEXT POST: Creative ways to REUSE candy boxes and other containers for craft storage.



In honor of Earth Day (April 22), I am running a stash-only challenge:

From April 22 until May 22nd, use only your stash. While I have no desire to negatively impact suppliers, try to limit your purchases of new scrapbooking materials during this month, instead focusing on REDUCING (consumption & waste), REUSING (unconventional materials), and RECYCLING.  Personally, I have pledged not to buy ANY new materials during the month-long period, and am looking forward to finding creative ways to use all those odds and ends.

Melanie has accepted this challenge.  How about you?  Leave a comment if you are game.  And feel free to steal the button in the sidebar of this blog and use it in your own blog.  I have reproduced the code below…be sure to replace {  }  brackets with <  type brackets.  The fun begins on April 22nd!!

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Easter Cards and Earth Day Scrap Challenge

If you want details, you can browse the individual cards here or here.

But here is the sum of my cards for Easter 2009:


And since it is April, the month of Earth Day (22nd)…I have pledged not to buy any scrapbooking material this month and to use my stash as much as possible.  I’m thinking of having the pledge run from April 22 to May 22.  Anybody else interested??

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