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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Don't Trash It... Scrap It! 18 comments  
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Ideas for recycling your scrap packaging

When I was at the CHA winter show I took a class with Prima about going green.  The theme Going Green was the overall focus of the CHA show this time and many manufacturers have joined in the movement to make supplies out of recycled materials and generally be more earth friendly.  That is fabulous to see!  But the Prima class got my wheels turning.  Scrap manufacturers like to entice us shoppers with packaging that is almost as beautiful as the products themselves and why not see what creative projects we can make out of the packaging too?  I had so much fun thinking about the packaging in a new way.  It not only helps our planet by making less trash but it also stretches your scrapping dollar even further! 
The first thing I made was something we had created in that inspiring Prima class.  I thought the idea to back Prima's journaling papers with packaging from their flowers was brilliant! I took it further by inking the edges and adding the velvet ribbon and flowers over the printing.  The great thing about these journaling pages is that they are perforated so all the pages can be ripped off when they are used.  This little note pad would make a great gift for Mother's Day or a hostess gift. 

Then, using the same flowers from the previous project, I altered this great tin from Maya Road.  Maya Road is known for great packaging and this tin was so easy to paint with acrylics and line with paper to use as a little gift box.  I covered the embossed words on the metal with a border of K. and Company paper lace and embellished the corner with bling swirls and flowers.  Sure, the tin could just sit on your shelf and hold the scrappy products but wouldn't an altered tin like this make so much more of an impact when you have a small gift to give?!

I really love the kraft backing that Prima has been using for their latest flowers.  The flowers themselves are stunning but it is just a bonus that the backing has pretty die cut scrolls in the corners.  I easily incorporated that backing into the layout about my mom's cat.  I inked it and matted the packaging on cream paper to highlight the die cut parts and used it as my journaling spot.  The kraft paper coordinated really well with the orange flower and papers. 

Another great use for Prima packaging is to use the adorable polka dot backing from their Say it in Crystals line on cards.  For this card I layered the polka dot backing on top of the scroll part of the packaging from even more Prima flowers and edged everything with silver Stickles.  What a super easy way to get such an elegant look! 

Bo Bunny packages buttons, brads, and flowers in really cool round magnet tins.  You could use them to store all your tiny embellishments on a metal sheet in your scrap room but if you're like me you see the creative possibilities here!  I preferred to sort the embellishments into the rest of my stash and use the super strong tin to make a fridge magnet.  I used pop dots to adhere my photo to the back of the tin and lightly embellished the inside with flowers and crystals.  Then I simply tied a few ribbons around the outside and it was done!  This project was lightening fast and would make another fantastic small gift. 

Finally, I couldn't show you all this fun packaging without including something from Petaloo.  Petaloo makes great flower box sets and the boxes they come in are just as neat at the flowers.  The cardboard is both thick and shimmery and requires no painting to make it usable.  I fell in love with this matchbox style box that is the perfect size for a gift card, money, or a gift certificate.  All I had to do was add paper, line it, and embellish the window with more bling, ribbon, and flowers.  I had trouble giving this Valentine's box away!

I used the following products to create my projects:




Posted by ScrapGoo

Reader Comments ...
3/13/09 11:41 am
Wow...way to recycle! I am a huge believer on recycling so I absolutely LOVE your cute ideas! Thanks for sharing!! Dawn

zanettac . Ohio
3/3/09 2:28 pm
Wonderful ideas!! Great article!!

2/26/09 1:19 am
I like the idea of reusing packaging. And you have great ideas. Thanks!

2/25/09 11:16 pm
Awesome!! I am all about greener scrapping and love how you've used these packages! I use my petaloo box to hold my embroidery floss, and my old got flowers jars for ribbon scraps, but you have definitely inspired me to take a design look at my packaging too!

bluejeans7 . Kansas
2/25/09 9:15 am
WOW Jess! You rock girlie!! I love everything you created for this reveal. Awesome!!

2/25/09 7:54 am
WOW gorgeous! Count me in the number of people who will now buy things for the packaging!!!

2/25/09 1:26 am
These are great!! I have some of those Maya Road tins, I'm going to try that. Thanks for the inspiration! I like the term "green"!

Sus79 . Denmark
2/25/09 1:11 am
Wow, awesome ideas everyone :o) I have to try some of those at some point! Thank you!

2/25/09 12:21 am
Gorgeous work Jess! :)

baltoscrapper . Baltimore Md
2/24/09 10:18 pm
What rockin projects Jess! Than again, all your stuff always rocks! This is no exception!

AmyTeets . Denver
2/24/09 8:14 pm

2/24/09 7:53 pm

2/24/09 7:47 pm
WOW! These are all just awesome!

2/24/09 7:43 pm
i think i used to call this altering (or hoarding ;)) but "green" is much better and your fabulous work shows it!!

emarie803 . The Mile High City
2/24/09 7:36 pm
These are GORGEOUS!!!!!

2/24/09 7:32 pm
How freaking cute! And what great ideas. You really opened my eyes!

2/24/09 6:40 pm
I saw these this morning in the gallery- you're so stinkin' crafty! :)
Now I'm off to dump my Maya Road stuff into Ziplocks so I can play with the tins! :)

2/24/09 9:28 am
Fantastic! I WILL NOT let you convice me to buy things just so I can use the packaging...I swear!:)