We asked you: Are you Recycling?

There is not doubt there are a lot of beautiful products for papercrafting out there. But scrapbooking and papercrafting all started with using scraps. So we asked our readers – Are you into recycling? Here is what they answered.

Recycle yes. Here I am hopeless, because “everything” can be saved and perhaps used for something. It can be buttons, nuts, beads, ribbons etc. Got a little better at throwing now though. But the advantage is that if you need to fix something in the house and need a nut, it is a possibility that you have exactly that in the collection.

Kirsten Grue Ulset


Recycling is great. Of the type of small things I reuse, it’s screws, data dividers, the tab on soda boxes, weekly magazines, books, lace, buttons, the labels on clothes were used a lot when the children were small. Preferably on Project Life pages or Layouts. It is also great fun to reuse objects such as old keyboards, telephones etc.

Elisabeth Hatlen Hanssen

Yes, when we buy/get something with smooth, strong and stiff cardboard, I grab it to use as “thickers” or between layers. And if there is some nice cardboard, for example a perfume bottle’s box, I cut that piece off and save and maybe punches something out of it. I also save a lot of extraordinarily fine gift wrapping paper and can use it for background. I keep the white foam layer that is sometimes in phone cases or something for protection. I use that as a layer for extra lift. I keep nice ribbon/cord from clothes, gifts etc. that I use on my cards. The more color and texture choices the better. And if I come across something else that I find extra nice and inspires me and can be useful in some context, it also goes into the toolbox of scraps.

Heidi-Birgitte Mortensen, TPC Magazine
Heidi-Birgitte Mortensen

I was happy when I saw TPC Magazine asked about recycling. Hope I can be even more inspired to reuse things. Many of the cards I make have some reused items on them, some just a little, others a little more. Below are some pictures of cards with recycled things on them.

Kirsten Gjelstad

Featured photo: Elisabeth Hatlen Hanssen