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.



Crafts- Christmas card

I love everything about Christmas. It is a great time to connect with family and friends. I have family members and dear friends that are in different countries (who are unfortunately not on Facebook), and I am often not very good at keep touch during the year. Sending a Christmas card, is my way of connecting and letting them know that I have been thinking about them.

This year, I incorporated pictures into my card using Photoshop.

My 2011 Christmas Card

If you want the photoshop file, let me know if the comments and I will send it to you.

Hope you have a wonderful time over the holidays connecting with those you love.