Monday, January 11, 2010

Challenge #59: Go Green

It's a brandy new year, filled with lots of new goals, resolutions, and good intentions. Let's start the new year off by going green! I'm not talking color here (although green is one of my faves!), I'm talking upcycling. Before you toss that cereal box, junk mail, or product packaging, take a second look. What wonderful piece of art could you create with it? What fabulous accent could you fashion to embellish your next layout, card, or project? You have two weeks to link up your upcycled project in the comments here. Up for grabs: a super comfy slipcover for your camera strap. Deets to follow later this week. Have fun creating your projects, and be happy that you're doing something great for our Earth, too!!

[inside]I reuse a small paper box (size: 7x4.5 inch) using as gift package of tea. I'll use this decolate box as a keeper of ATC (exchanged with my friends). This upcycle is very easy way as you can make decolate box, just choice favorite paper (or fabric) and wrap the basement, and then add some embellishments on it.
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This 2-page layout includes 3 upcycles - 1) the denim background was actually cut from a pair of "well loved" jeans, 2) the circle background was cut from a brown paper shopping bag, and 3) the title letters were cut from a newsprint magazine.

The embellishment in the lower left of the photo was made from the plastic packaging from Basic Grey's magnetic snaps. I used alcohol inks to color each one and then drew swirls with a Sharpie pen--easy peasy (and free!)

There are a few upcycles going on in this LO. The bracket is cut from a cardboard coffee cozy. The letters s and c were cut from the leftover negative of the alpha sticker sheets--these would have otherwise ended up in the trash bin. The tree was stamped onto a piece of cellophane packaging and cut out.


I took this Christmas gift card tin and gave it a makeover with the new kit from Scrapbook Get-Away. Now I can reuse it for a birthday! :)


This layout uses several upcycles, too. The background is a paper bag cut to 12x12. I ran a strip of the bag through my cuttlebug and inked it for a strip of paper (lower left). I also grabbed two things out of my recycling bag - a paper towel roll and the plastic top of a spice jar and used them to stamp circles on my patterned paper.


I love strips on the bottom of the papers, with trade mark, collection name and code bar. I use to keep them on a plastic bag because i don't like to put them through away, they are so cute! Here you are some of them around a pic showing my scrap table when I'm working on a layout!


I also used the label strips from my patterned papers. I used them as flowers and stems for flowers.


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Anonymous said...

I like your site. I was sent here by Kimmy who suggested we play over here....glad I came and here is my entry for your challenge. I hope to play here more.I used a can of corn and made it this cute little candy should be able to view it here..


Finally I post this one:
3 used gift cards and 2 outfit tags on this lo

Deanne Burton said...

Going green is always fun!!! Great creations, ladies!!!

My card can be found HERE!

katie said...

Here's a box I made from an empty (large) cardboard match box, sheet music from a falling apart book, bits I snipped from a Christmas garland, and an old button.

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trisha too said...

this is great! I found you through Kimmy, too! Your challenge got me to actually MAKE the project I'd been thinking about for a long time--it's pretty much all upcycled pieces, aside from the micro beads and glaze.

yyam said...

Great challenge!

Here's my entry

Sharon's blog said...

Mine is here:

MirjamC said...

what a great challenge and fantastic work by the dt!!! here you can see mine...