Layouts from Trash

I created these layouts from trash. Literally, everything was heading into the garbage can. Then I felt this overwhelming feeling of guilt. I just could not throw anything away! It went against every grain in my body. I am a scrapper at heart — meaning I like to use scraps to create. I love repurposed home decor pieces and using things in ways they were not intended to be used in. Same goes in my art! The older and more beat up the better. With that being said I made these two layouts from trash.

Now, I know you are looking at these layouts (especially the second one) and wondering why on earth I was going to throw any of that away. It’s shameful really…my reason….”last in the package” is the reason. I only had one or a few left. They were taking up precious space in my craft room. My real estate is valuable and I don’t have much room. It’s like Manhattan in craft land. Therefore, if it is just sitting there doing nothing it has to go! In this case, these items were spared.

I used nothing new on either of these layouts. I must confess that creating these was quite gratifying. Something happens in my soul when I am able to create something from nothing much less something from what I had decided was trash.

What are your favorite things to recycle? Tell me in the comments!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Hosting a Launch Party!

Little Birdie Crafts is finally making it’s way to the USA and I had the privilege of lunching a party for them at my favorite local craft store. They sent yummy mixed media scrapbook supplies for a Baby Boy theme. My friend, Resa created an amazing diaper cake, banner and samples. The Paper Collage invited 20 crafters to play with the new line.

The ladies made sweet cards for foster families that recently had a baby boy added to their family. Here are a few of the many cards they created:

These ladies were pushed beyond their normal crafty limits. Most of them no longer had babies and are clean and simple card makers. They had a blast trying new mediums they have been intimidated by in the past AND creating for a great cause.

Little Birdie is a wonderful company based in India. They employ underprivileged women to create handmade flowers. These women earn fair wages to support their family. The products may look like things you have seen before, but they are unique. Little Birdie bridges scrapbooking and mixed media effortlessly. For example, their paper is a patterned mixed media substrate like none other. It can withstand lots of wet mediums and has gorgeous patterns that can stand alone. Go Check them out here and tell me which line is your favorite.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!