Wednesday, April 23, 2014

earth day and arbor day projects

This week we celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day here in the U.S. so I thought I'd share a couple of projects I created to celebrate those special days.

Potted Herb Labels

Sometimes I like to save packaging (plastic and cardboard) to use in my crafts. It has come in handy several times over the years. This time I saved an 8x8 sheet of corrugated cardboard and it was the perfect bit of recyclable material to use for this Earth Day project. Check out what I made with it below:

We R Potted Herb Labels by Aly Dosdall
To learn how I created these Potted Herb Labels visit the We R blog here.

Paper Scraps Card

Arbor Day is all about our amazing trees--planting them, taking care of them, and preserving them. So, in honor of our trees I created a card using only paper scraps. Hopefully there's a tree out there that will thank me for saving it. =)

We R Arbor Day Card by Aly Dosdall

Here is the card I made with several scraps from my Notable Paper Pack. I trimmed the scraps down to 1/2 inch strips and adhered them diagonally across my card base. Designer tip: a Xyron works really well for this.

arbor day scraps

Then I trimmed down the negative paper leftover after die cutting some butterflies, and added it to my card with foam squares. To finish off my card I added some more scraps at the bottom as a border and sentiment, die cut some mini butterflies, and added some Enamel Shapes.

We R Arbor Day Card by Aly Dosdall close

Here are some tips for storing and using up paper scraps:
  • Store scraps by color in color coded accordion file folders (found at office supply stores)
  • If it's hard to remember to use them, try storing scraps with your full size papers
  • Trim your scraps down to usable sizes (ie 12 inch strips, 6x6 blocks, 4x6 blocks, 3x4 blocks)
  • Browse through your scraps once in a while to remind yourself what's there
  • Use your scraps for punching and die cutting
  • Create cards or tags with your layout leftovers
  • Create a background of strips on a layout
Imagine how many trees we could preserve if we all were more mindful of using our paper scraps. It's a wonderful way to take care of our beautiful world.