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Published on March 11th, 2009 | by Julie Finn

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Green Scrapbooking: Paint Chips

Paint Chip ScrapbookingThere really are a lot of options today for those who would like to enjoy the craft of scrapbooking without contributing to wasteful or destructive world practices. Not only are there more green scrapbooking products on the market, but there are also other products, such as archival sprays, craft punches, decorative scissors, and a wide variety of adhesives, that allow us to utilize many more recycled elements in our work than we may previously have considered.

As an example, we recently underwent a project in our house to paint our girls’ room as a rainbow (I know, I know–little girls). This entailed the collection of a variety of paint chips in rainbow colors, which were then left sitting, unwanted, after the rainbow project had reached its conclusion.

What to do? What to do?

Punch out pretty shapes from paint chipsNow, I’m no master scrapbooker–you are undoubtedly neater and have much better taste than I–but using a variety of punches, decorative scissors, and other scrapping gee-gaws, I do have some ideas for how you, too, can recycle old paint chips into your work:

Punch out a pretty shape in a pretty color.

Use a spray adhesive to back a gift tag.

Don’t worry about the text on the paint chips–they add character.

Scrapbook page utilizing paint chipsEmbellish with matching gems or ribbons or felt or whatever.

Journal on a paint chip with a Sharpie marker.

Remember, though, that it’s only eco-friendly if you’re using something that you would have otherwise had to throw away or recycle. Perhaps, then, it’s time to get started on that next indoor painting project…

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



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