More Recycled Wedding Notecards

Notecards from Recycled Wedding SuppliesThese notecards rock!  Yup, I said it.  They are so much fun to make!

I first made these back on Earth Day as a way to repurpose the thick response cards we received from our wedding invitations.  I’ve been collecting pretty pictures and paper ever since then so I can make another set.

Here’s a mishmash of cards and pictures torn out of magazines.  If I like a card someone sends or if I get a corporate postcard that looks neat, I save the design to use it for this project.

Notecards from Recycled Wedding SuppliesI tape or glue the design to the written side of the wedding response card, then I cut around the card to trim.  Got that?  Glue first, cut second.  The results are so pretty and unique!

Notecards from Recycled Wedding SuppliesWait, there’s more!  Do you ever cycle new pictures into frames around your house?  What do you do with the old pictures?  It finally dawned on me to turn them into notecards!

Notecards from Recycled Wedding SuppliesCheck. that. out.  I patted myself on the back big time for thinking of this one!

Notecards from Recycled Wedding SuppliesI’m such a stationary dork (don’t forget about my ode to pretty postage stamps).  I can’t wait until I have to send a note or mail a check to someone so I can use these.

Earth Day: Turning Response Cards into Notecards

Earth Day - Reuse Wedding Response Cards - Homemade NotecardsHappy Earth Day!

I’m posting today as part of Danielle’s Earth Day Blog Hop over at EcoScrapbook.  Everyone today is sharing great Earth Day tips and some are even hosting giveaways!

Danielle: EcoScrapbook
Jules: Inspired Jules
Renee: Charms Buttons & Bows
Mariah: Its Fun2Scrap
Stephanie: Scrapworthy Lives
Natalie: Almost Never Clever (You are here!)
S: Snaps & Snippets
Zaira: Hacer Scrapbooks (in Spanish, translation tool available)
Lisa: Recklinghausen Musings
Jody: SpiegelMom Scraps!

Make sure to visit all the participants for a great round-up of ideas.

For me, the best way I help the Earth while crafting is simple:  reuse, reuse, reuse.  I keep scraps of paper, paper that’s only been printed on one side, and lots of odds and ends.  I figure the inspiration will come to me and I’ll reuse these things for something.

Turning My Wedding Response Cards into Notecards

I included some of the invitation response cards from our wedding in my wedding scrapbook.

The thing is, I could not get rid of the rest of them.  They were professionally printed on very hefty stock.  I racked my brain to figure out something neat to do.

Earth Day - Reuse Wedding Response Cards - Homemade NotecardsI was picking up my craft space and saw a bunch of greeting cards, catalogs and other things I was saving.  These aren’t new cards – they are cards I received that I thought were pretty.  Why not reuse them?

Earth Day - Reuse Wedding Response Cards - Homemade NotecardsThe rest is simple!  I glued each response card down to a picture/card, leaving the blank side facing up.  Glue first, cut second.  This way you get a clean edge.

Earth Day - Reuse Wedding Response Cards - Homemade NotecardsThat’s it!  Now I have an interesting set of notecards that I can tuck in envelopes whenever I have to send something.  Or I can send them on their own if I want to send someone a “just because” note.

Earth Day - Reuse Wedding Response Cards - Homemade NotecardsThanks for stopping by!  Head over to Snaps & Snippets next!

Get the Most out of Your Paper

Earth Day is tomorrow!

In honor of Earth Day, let’s talk about something easy you can do to get more miles out of your printer paper before you recycle it.  You recycle your printer paper, right?  Good.

Printer paper doesn’t leave our house until it’s been used up.

Paper Printed on One Side

In our home office/craft area, I keep a pile of paper that has only been printed on one side.  The pile lives in a desk drawer with other printer supplies.

Stack of paper printed on one side only.

We use this paper to print drafts:  draft documents for school, draft headlines for scrapbook pages and draft photos.  Drafts are printed always in black and white on the lowest resolution setting  so we save ink as well.

These draft headlines are printed with paper from my stash.

Paper Printed on Both Sides

This doesn’t go straight to the recycle bin.  I cut up paper to use as a placeholder or to visualize a layout design before cutting into the expensive paper.  Example:  “do I want a 5.5-inch square here or can I fit a 6-inch square?”

Finally, paper printed on both sides makes for a great drop cloth!  I tend to get glue everywhere so having extra pieces of paper around really helps.

Paper printed on both sides = drop cloth!

How do you reuse things on your craft table?  I hope these tips work for you!

Photo Credit: Earthday.org