Thursday, April 22, 2010

:ARTICLE: Top 5 Ways to be a More Eco-Friendly Scrapper

As you most likely already know, today is Earth Day. This may or may not have you thinking about how to be a 'greener' scrapbooker. If so, here's a few ideas.

Less is more. You’ve heard it before, right. It’s often true for scrapbooking, too. Do you really need layer upon layer of papers and embellishments on a single layout to tell your story? Probably not. In fact, the story you are working so hard to record might just be getting lost in all the excess. Try simplifying your crafting to photos, words and just a few decorative extras.

Don’t brush those scraps into the garbage. Use them! That skinny strip of patterned paper might be just the ticket for a cute decorative border to add a little flair to your next layout. Scraps are often the perfect size for creating adorable cards for friends and loved ones. Also, look a little more creatively at the packaging that your scrap supplies come in. Can the negative of a chipboard element be used as a mask? Can some clear plastic packaging be used for some chic punched accents? Also, are there household items that could find new life in your next creative project? Consider using items such as old clothing, cereal boxes, corrugated cardboard and even junk mail in inspired new ways.

So you’re not a fan of using your scraps? It’s okay…it’s likely that a local school, daycare, or church would love to take them off your hands. You might also consider listing unwanted supplies or tools you no longer use on Freecycle for a fellow craft enthusiast who may not have the budget to buy new.

Buy Local.
If you’re lucky enough to have a local scrapbooking store, support it. Not only are you helping to support business in your community, but you’re also reducing the many hidden costs of having products delivered to your door.

Buy Green.
Encourage more companies to ‘go green’ or at least offer greener options by supporting those that already do. Die Cuts With View offers an earth-friendly collection called The Eco Stack that comes with 24 designs, all printed on 70 percent post-consumer recycled paper that is also acid and lignin free. Or check out a company like Creatively Green that offers 100% recycled textured cardstock and more.

What tips or techniques do you have for being a more earth-friendly crafter?
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