Monday, April 11, 2011

Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose

This week's challenge at Heart2Heart challenges blog is in honor of the upcoming Earth Day - Recycle!  They would like you to show them ideas of things that you have recycled.  Using CTMH products of course to make something wonderful.
I took this challenge very seriously and started by pulling items out of my Recycle "Curby" bin.  I took a brown paper bag, an envelope with a clear window, and a mac n cheese box.
At first I had no idea what to do with these items, but there must be something.....I cut the mac n cheese box 6" tall and 3 1/2" wide, used a corner rounder on the edges, then folded the left hand side in like this.

Alright I thought, this might make a cute notebook.  So then an hour and a half later.... this is what I ended up with.  I covered the back and the front with the brown paper bag using Mod Podge.  I used striped B&T for the spine.  I used the clear window from the envelope on the front.  I stamped the branch and the swirls right on the brown paper bag and then I used my Coluzzle tag cutter to cut the pretty B&T paper.  I thought that it looked like a fancy window.  I stamped the bird and then cut it out.  Added a black mini-brad for the eye.  Adhered that behind the window.  Took three small white flowers that I sponged with smoothie ink and added pearls to the centers.  Added those to the top along with a strip of Kraft Color-Ready border and a piece of Honey B&T paper.  I even used some older computer paper that I've been saving from my working days that I cut to fit inside the book for pages.  I used my crop-a-dial to punch holes through the book and the papers and used ribbon to tie through the holes.
Here is the front:
Here is the back:
And here is a side view:

CTMH stamp sets used:  A1104 A Tweet for bird and branch, D1263 Blooming flourishes for flourish.
Paper is from X7136B Mayberry.  Used Olive, Smoothie and Honey Inks. 
Have fun digging in your recycle bin and be sure to add your creation to the H2H site!

13 comments:

Jessica said...

Wow, you are way more creative than me. This is great and so inventive. Thanks for joining us at H2H!

Tina L. said...

Very cute! Love the idea of using things that were in the bin already!

Karen Day said...

A mac & cheese box! I love it! And your bird is just gorgeous - thanks for playing along at H2H this week Debi :o)

Lorrinda said...

Very creative Debi! I love your little book! Thanks for sharing it with us at H2H!

Sandra VanWoerden said...

Thank you for putting your creative cap into place. I am so inspired by this. Love the look and the imagination. I'll have to try a couple of these out for gifts. Thanks for sharing!!!
Happily Scrapbooking My Memories~Sandra V.
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Melinda said...

What a fantastic project! Your bird is gorgeous and I would love to know how you stamped it! Thanks for joining us at H2H!

ALessner said...

Wow this is so adorable!!!!

Corina said...

Wow! That is very creative and it's awesome how you think outside the box. Thanks for joining us at H2H!

Ruth G said...

This is amazing! I never would have thought of using the mac n cheese box.

Lisa Stenz said...

Wow! What a great project! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing how you made it too. *Ü*

Tammy said...

Wow! This is super creative. With four young kids, I always have a mac-n-cheese box that I'm throwing out. Now I will save one or two.

Amanda Kowalker said...

Oh My Goodness you have really out done yourself this time Debi! This is adorable!

Lorrinda said...

Congrats Debi! This clever little project earned a spot in the H2H Top 10!! Well deserved:)