The thing about going green.

Going green; spring grassIn the world of scrapbooking, it actually is easy being green.

Think about all the everyday items you can incorporate into your layouts. Cut out a newspaper clipping about the big game you attended last night. Save ticket stubs from movie outings with your friends. Use extra buttons from new clothing to add some flair to handmade cards.

Not only do these items support recycling, but they also save you from spending money on other supplies. You probably can’t find cute, colorful brads or shiny stickers around the house, but leftover paint chips or even shelf lining can add more interest and texture to your pages.

Materials to use

Here’s my list of some unique materials and objects you can find without much effort and use in your layouts:

  • newspaper clippingsScrapbook memorabilia; game pieces, ID card, caution tape
  • buttons
  • ribbons from gifts
  • ticket stubs
  • pressed flowers
  • old t-shirt scraps
  • paint chips
  • free pencils from events
  • bumper stickers
  • locker stickers from high school
  • receipts
  • party hats
  • decorative napkinsScrapbook memorabilia; retro party hat from my aunt's New Year's Eve party.
  • old CDs
  • shells
  • coins
  • game pieces
  • Christmas or birthday greeting cards
  • tablecloths
  • shelf lining
  • beverage umbrellas
  • shoe laces
  • deflated balloons
  • old ID cards
  • notes

I created a fairly long scrapbook of memorabilia from high school a few years ago. However, household items and recycled materials add a lot of character to layouts with photos, including layouts of mini albums. You can also drill holes into old license plates to create a mini book cover.

If you prefer going green and using other eco-friendly products, consider purchasing recycled papers for your layouts, or even try making your own paper. Crop Addict devotes an entire section of its store to eco-friendly scrapbook papers.

Some household and even food items qualify as eco-friendly scrapbook papers. For example, paper grocery bags, cereal boxes and corrugated cardboard make great, sturdy foundations for layouts.

Things to consider

Although the eco-friendly materials I’ve listed are convenient to use, some items may contain harmful substances that could damage your photos over time. Although you can’t alter these items’ properties, you can prevent them from ruining your work.

Tips to follow

  • Use an acid-free spray to protect your photos from foreign materials. If you aren’t sure whether the items you use are acidic, spray them anyway to prevent brittleness and deterioration at the very least.
  • Store your layouts in page protectors. Not only does this prevent facing pages touching each other, but it also prevents fingerprint contamination when family members and friends flip through the pages.
  • Buy acid-free adhesives such as glue sticks or sticker mounts to keep your scraps intact.

What to do

Have you tried eco-friendly scrapbooking? If so, what works? What tips do you have for other scrapbookers?

So now that the snow is (hopefully) gone for the season to remind us of what the green grass looks like, think outside the box and get scrapping with your household scraps.

**Disclaimer: Keep items that are relevant to your layouts; items you will actually use. Don’t hoard too many objects, or else you will be overwhelmed during your projects. I know this from personal experience!



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3 responses to “The thing about going green.

  1. Lisa

    I really like the going green aspects of scrapbooking. I am an avid scrapbooker, and everything that was a suggestion for going green in scrapbooking is a good suggestion. If you save things that you deem memorable, and scrapbook them, that is a sustainability effort. If all scrapbooking paper would be 100 percent recyable, it would be easier on the environment. Using reusable and recycable items also makes the scrapbook look unique and creative. It’s good to see that sustainability efforts are being made in the scrapbooking world as well as others.

    • You’re right, using recyclable materials in scrapbooks presents a unique appearance. Scrapbooking is all about being creative, so why not use items you wouldn’t normally associate with a scrapbook?

  2. Pingback: Recycle “instruments for good” | Scraps of the Soul

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