Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Happy birthday to me

In celebration of my birthday I bring to you the delights of recycled cards and packaging.  There are so many clever people out there making absolutely beautiful things, to celebrate special events, out of everyday things that we send off for recycling.    I really dislike paying out for mass produced cards as well as all that wrapping paper that, in all probability, thousands of other people will receive for their birthdays and probably chuck out after a few days of being displayed on a shelf in the sitting room.  It's so special to receive a card that someone has made with their own hands or a present that has been lovingly wrapped with handmade paper making it unique and for you only.  I am more likely to keep an handmade card or try and salvage packaging that has been lovingly made. The cards that my children made for me are, most definately my favorites, and will be cherished for years to come!

recycled greeting cards
Handmade cards by Craft stylish

Bird Silhouette
Silhouette card by the Spotted Sparrow

Recycled paper cards and packaging by design*sponge

A wonderful idea that cuts down on waste and great for sending presents throught he post:
The ebay box by Packaging of the World

Friday, 15 April 2011

My fascination with paper continues

I keep stumbling upon things made from paper.  So much paper is sent for recycling from our household.  My feeling is that there is rather alot of unwanted packaging around things I buy from the supermarket.  I'm not bothered that my cornflakes should be in a cardboard box but, I suppose there are many who would object to not having their cornflakes in a shiney box with words on, especially the advertisers.  My children will often forage through our recycling to make things out of boxes and paper.  They're really rather creative in their designs and I like to allow them the freedom to make choices about what they create. 

I have recently come across this artist called Susan Benarcik, an installation artist based in New York who makes these wonderful paper installations amongst other beautiful works of art incorporating paper. I love that she has taken a simple object such is paper and transformed them into something so beautiful.   I hope you enjoy viewing her work as much as I do!

Mental Notes


Friday, 1 April 2011

Folksy Friday: Recycled Paper

Here's a little collection I have curated for your viewing of recycled paper items made by folksy folk.  I just love the idea of upcycling the things that we would usually put in the recycling bin.  I have a bit of an obsession with maps.  I used to do mountain walking before having children, and would spend days poring over maps, planning my route, imagining the landscape and reading them as if they were a good book telling a story in 3D.  I would be tempted to imagine the landscapes in the paper garland and butterfly card but they would be more like a 3D (very) short story.  What an ingenious idea by Nant designs, to bring an old Paxo stuffing box to life again as a note book.  I did something similar for my daughters birthday party with cereal boxes but used the inside of the box as the outside of the book cover and let them design their own covers using printing blocks.  Fancy chopping up a Beano for garlands!  But I quite like the idea.  I may have to get some of these to decorate my son's bedroom though  I will have to watch he doesn't do himself an injury trying to read them!
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Paper garland - recycled map
by Bookity

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Recycled 'Paxo' bos
by Nant Designs

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victorian butterfly case recycled card
by Ethel and Iris

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Recycled comic paperchain
by Lucie Kate & Hazey Jane