Sunday, May 10, 2009


Alissa had a great idea for our Design Team on the forums this month as there has been a lot of talk about the turn of the economy and "affordable" scrapping. Our challenge this month was to do RECYCLABLE SCRAPPING!
She assigned each of us different projects using recycled products to really try to show all of you what you can do with old scrappy stuff that you had put aside and even items around your house!
For this month's projects, I created a coaster wall hanger, a name plaque for my daughter, a wooden box for my paints, and 3 different layouts using many recycled items!

First up, the name plaque. I went shopping at Value Village and found this artwork and snapped it up for only $3.99!

I came home and sat down to make the plaque, very excited. I finished it but needed to put it all back together and sand and paint the frame but one of the dayhome kiddies had a little "incident" and sad to say, the frame didn't survive :( We have been searching everywhere for a new frame but no luck so far.....poor dayhome kiddy's mommy has been searching everywhere and I am feeling bad for her so someone please come up with a cool frame idea?! Here is my daughter's new name plaque, still frameless but cute!
Next, a wall hanging using coasters from a restaurant! These were a bit hard to come by as most restaurants are also facing hard times and are cutting costs but I finally found some and made this for my mom. I actually woke my son up so he could write on it for me. He wrote the words and I went over it with a Versamark pen and embossed the words so they would stand out better. All the paper is at least 2 years old and was in my scrap bucket! This is a very quick and economical project!
Hmm... the lighting looks off on that, will try to get a better pic later! And a close-up of the writing:
My third project was to alter a wooden box. This box just called my name as I was wandering around Value Village! It looks very old but it is super sturdy and I just knew it would be a great carrying case for paints and inks at crop and altering it would be fun! It looks so pretty sitting on my scrap table!
The plain box (bought for $3.99!):

And altered:
And a close up of the rubons, dimensional pearls, dew drops, and stickles!
And finally the layouts!
This layout is based on a SOTW and was super-duper recycled!! The pp is from my scrapbox, the paper clips are from the junk drawer and the journalling strips were actually a paper bag that I cut into strips!! If you look closely, you can see the seam of the bag on some of the strips! That tree is based on the tree that is on my blog! The tree is from a cardboard box - if you peel off one of the layers, you get the corrugated look which I loved for a tree!
And I loved how this turned out so much that I created a second one at the National Scrapbooking Day crop - but from memory and it came pretty close! I didn't have a paper bag on hand so I used kraft paper!
And my last project, a very rare pic of me! My son took this one last summer and I knew I had to scrap it, as much as I hate pics of myself! This one was stamped with bubble wrap and paint, the flowers were recoloured using alcohol ink and the brown bracket was actually in my scrapbox as a leftover from a Stampin Up Open house that I went to where we used the Big Shot dye cut and it was the outside part! Never throw your scraps away!!!
Hope you enjoyed the projects! Please be sure to check out Annik's and Jerusha's projects too - we gave Deedee the month off as the baby in her tummy is giving her mommy a rough go of things - feel better soon Deedee!!


  1. These are stunning! I love your blog name too!

  2. I love those coasters, what a fantastic idea!