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Earth Day Challenge & Give-Aways!

Today is Earth Day.
A day set aside to love Mother Earth just a bit more.
Reduce. Recycle. Recycle.

In honor of Earth Day we are giving you an Ali Edwards' Inspired challenge.

The Challenge: is to create a project using Junk Mail, Pamphlets and other useless printed materials. You can use cardstock and any embellishments you want, but NO patterned paper. Just the junk mail.

First look at a few of Ali's delightful creations...
(all images posted with Ali's permission)

All papers in brackets were junk mail. As seen in Creating Keepsakes Jan 08 issue.

This is a favorite project of Ali's. She used a Martha Stewart punch to create this out of patterned paper and pieces of junk mail. Full instruction here.

A cute little Travel Album using clippings and pamphlets acquired while on vacation. Full instructions here.

Here's what some of our team members created for this challenge.

Emilie used a flier for a Museum opening and cut the green trailing flowers to frame her project. She also cut butterflies from various printed ads and junk mail.

Other Supplies: Cardstock: WorldWin - Border Punch: Fiskars - Alphabet: Pink Paislee

Shelley used a grocery store flier and some junk mail paper and envelope for this project.

Noel used catalogs and magazines to clip her titles and other phrases. Remember the old days of scrapbooking when we all did that?

ribbon flowers: handmade ribbon by Stampin Up; cardstock: Bazzill; other: sewing machine

Heidi made both a layout and a card from her junk mail.

And here are some featured projects from some of our readers. Newsletter subscribers were given an opportunity to participate in the challenge and be chosen as a Guest Reporter. Here are some favorites.

Kimberly reused all the materials found on her project, but what we thought was super cool is that she printed her photos (eyes closeup & scanned 1986 photo) on the back of a recycled mailer that was put into her mailbox.

Davina also went the extra mile with our challenge. The kraft coloured background was an envelope sent with a charity fundraiser, and all the paper flowers were from a Mother's Day catalogue.

And now for a give-away! Many companies are going green these days. Making papers out of recycled paper and repackaging in more earth friendly ways. One of those companies is Anna Griffin. And they have donated a fabulous prize for one winner. You could also win an 8x8" Green stack from Die Cuts With A View.

One winner will receive this gorgeous Sierra Collection paper pack from Anna Griffin, made from recycled paper. And another winner will receive the Green Stack from DCWV.

You have one week to post a project made from Junk Mail in The Scrap Review's FLICKR Gallery! We will select a winner from the uploaded projects. Projects must be uploaded by noon EST on April 29. Winners will be announced here on April 30th! So GET SCRAPPING!!!

And please leave a comment here on your thoughts on this challenge.


Ravengirl said...

This sounds like fun! I get tons of junk mail, so I have a plethora of supplies to choose from!

cassie said...

how fun! I love this challenge.

jill said...

I think this challenge is brilliant! I love things that help me stretch some creativity! How many can we post?? :)

Kimberly said...

This is a super challenge and I love that we as scrappers can "scrap" out of the box and reuse product within our crafting. We all know that the crafting industry goes overboard with packaging and this challenge is one way to help us be conscious to incorporate innovative ideas within our memory pages. TWO THUMBS UP SCRAP REVIEW TEAM!

mustangkayla said...

Greay challenge! I have something I've been wanting to try, this will be perfect!

Beedubya said...

You guys rocked it!!! They are all STUNNERS!!!


Wendy said...

Very exciting and timely challenge!

lizacreates said...

I like this challenge. It's a good way to flex some creative muscles. BTW, ladies, there won't be a problem with copyright issues (being that some company names, logos, etc. will be showing on the publicly-published project)?

Amanda Profumo said...

Right on! I'm all about reusing and recycling! Can't wait to share a project... what a GREAT idea for a challenge!

Denise said...

Awesome layouts!!! Love the challenge too!! Going to give this one a try!

Theresa said...

Wow - what amazing layout examples! There are some awesomely creative folks here on TSR!

marla said...

A great challenge I cant wait to participate!!!

NanaBeth said...

Great challenge-as an aging hippie, I've been "green" for quite a while.
Now imminent DISASTER-Sharpie may be discontinuing
the Marker of our dreams-

Jackie G said...

OMG...what an amazing challenge!! And I loved all the creations that have already been made!! Fabulous job ladies!!!

sherry d said...

WOW! Awesome ideas and layouts you gals created! Some great ideas i hope to try soon!

Vicki said...

What fabulous projects and layouts. So impressive. I think this would be alot of fun to do. Might have to give it a try.

marla said...

This was an awesome challenge and now I have started to look at junk mail differently. I got a really cool card in the mail today that I was able to punch stuff out of for future cards or scrapbook pages. Here is my card using recycled items from past Valentine card.

Amy said...

i love this challenge and love to see what everyone did with it....great! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for featuring some of my projects. Love to see others reusing and taking advantage of all that paper stuff that comes into our homes (both invited and un-invited).

Anna said...

so glad you featured this challenge and even more happy to see you stayed to true by offering a prize that is earth friendly! great blog! just found you, I'll be participating for sure :) xo anna

TraceyT said...

This is a GREAT challenge. I'll def. give this a try even if I dont' make the deadline. I'm very happy to have foudn this informative site.

TraceyT said...

I got mine done and the best part is I have some more of those fun pointing fingers left to use on other pages. THANKS for pushing me to dig through the recycling bin!