Tips for Environmentally Friendly Scrapbooks

Scrapbooking is a fun way to capture a memory or two, but it can add unneeded waste to the environment. Even though you’re going to enjoy the scrapbook, more than likely it won’t be passed down for more than one generation before it ends up in a landfill.

  1. Use What You Have – You probably already have a lot of things you’ve bought in the past that you can use in scrapbooking. Look through your closets, the attic, and in that junk drawer (or cabinet) for little things you can use to make your scrapbooks more interesting.
  2. Buy Used – If you do need to buy things, always look for used items. Go to thrift stores, yard sales, and don’t forget to check the online buy/sell groups for deals. You never know what you’ll find if you’re creative and let your imagination go.
  3. Use Old Books – If you have an old book that no one will read any more, you can use it as the base for your scrapbook by re-covering it with old wallpaper, and then placing your images and doodads on each page.
  4. Use Packaging Materials – Everything you buy has packaging material, and even if you don’t buy new things, your friends and family do. Tell them you want some of the packing materials. You can use the cardboard as your base.
  5. Use Old Christmas Cards – If your friends and family send you cards during any time of the year, you can use them as part of your scrapbooking by cutting out the images and words you like and gluing them to your scrapbook.
  6. Use CDs and DVDs – These can make wonderful materials for your scrapbooking. You can cut them, melt them, and use them in all sorts of ways in your scrapbooking.
  7. Try Using Old Photo Frames – You can often find old photo frames at thrift stores that will make great frames for the images on your scrapbook. Just take them apart and glue to the paper.
  8. Use Old Costume Jewelry for Accents – Everyone’s grandma left them costume jewelry that they don’t wear. But you can use it as accents for your scrapbooks to make them beautiful.
  9. Buy Up Used Fabric – Fabric is good for scrapbooks too. You can use it to cover old books to use as the base of your scrapbook and more. Most thrift stores have some form of fabric scraps, ribbons, and more that will work.
  10. Keep It Organized – The more organized you are with your materials, the more likely you are to use it all appropriately. It’ll be easy to get to so that you don’t waste it.

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