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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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The scrap-abilities are endless.

Photos from my study abroad experienceI love to scrapbook. But sometimes it’s overwhelming to think about all the possibilities I have to create something with photos, cardstock, ribbons, buttons, stickers, stamps and even funky scissors.

So where to begin?

I’ve only completed maybe three full albums and a few mini albums, but the little time I have to scrapbook isn’t the main problem for my lack of productivity. I also have trouble with knowing where to start. My photos are mostly organized, whether digitally or in boxes at home, but do I scrapbook photos from my childhood or focus on ones of my friends from the last few years?

If you’re also having trouble getting started, it’s easier to scrap recent photos first. Since you most likely remember these photos being taken or taking them yourself, the events are fresh in your mind. This will motivate you to start scrapping projects and possibly begin layouts with older photos later.

Try scrapbooking photos from events that relate to your present life and surroundings. Create a page about your first Christmas in December or scrapbook prom pictures in the spring. Your surroundings may trigger memories from the past and help you complete better pages.photo album

As I mentioned in my first post, it’s easier to scrapbook if your photos are organized first. I like to organize photos by subject (Christmas, birthdays, school events, etc.), but you may also organize photos by date. Use a system that works best for you.

Do you have old photos of your parents’ or grandparents’ childhoods you would like to preserve in a scrapbook? Heritage scrapbooking is a fun and interesting way to learn more about your relatives’ pasts. These layouts tend to be simpler since the photos are delicate and you don’t share the memories to fill in many of the blanks.

If you’re still overwhelmed, mini albums are easy to complete quickly and may use many good photos from one event, such as vacation. These albums make great gifts for graduates, Mother’s and Father’s Days and friends. Check out some examples on the Write. Click. Scrapbook. website.

Examples of mini albums I’ve created:

"Best of times" mini album from my aunt

  • I created a mini album for an independent reading assignment during high school.
  • I made mini albums with photos of me through my senior year in high school for my parents’ Christmas gifts that year.
  • I collected a lot of memorabilia throughout grade school and finally combined everything into one scrapbook after graduation. I kept everything from school event programs and ticket stubs to locker stickers, awards and notes from friends. Photos aren’t the only items to scrapbook.

Are you a traveler? Debbie Hodge’s website has ideas for collecting memorabilia and including it on your pages.

"1,000 Places To See Before You Die"My upcoming projects include a scrapbook of letters to my grandparents for their 60th wedding anniversary this year. My cousin and I will collect the letters from family members and compile them in one book. Thank you, Aunt Lynn, for this great idea!

What do you scrapbook most often? Which photos do you enjoy scrapbooking more than others?


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