Recycled cards

I have challenged myself to make all my greeting cards from recycled items. At first I thought that this would be a little more difficult. However, once I had this challenge in place, I started looking at items differently. Before throwing a flyer in to the recycling bin, I automatically question myself if I could use it in a card.

This challenge has made me think more creatively. I have to figure out the best way to use a certain item and what would match with it from my stash. Another upside is that items are given a second purpose before they get recycled.

Some resources that have been particularly handy are large envelopes that I have received in the mail. I have used them as the body of the card. Flyers, magazine advertisements, pieces of ribbons from items that I have received, packaging material, small boxes that have bright colours and even tissue boxes. I also used some paint chip samples that we had collected when we wanted to paint a room.

The bigger challenge I find is not keeping everything that passes my way. I have a shoe box for all my finds. Once the shoe box gets full, I either have to make more cards or get rid of some of the recycled materials I have saved.

This challenge has certainly inspired me and has made me excited about making cards again.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jared & Amber
    Mar 01, 2013 @ 08:43:13

    Wow, I love this idea. You are so creative! I’m excited about following your blog and reading more! Keep it up.

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  2. Trackback: Easy DIY: Create Greeting Cards Out of Recycled Items -

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