May 3rd is National Scrapbooking Day! To help celebrate and elevate the purpose of this day, Creative Imaginations will be holding a GREEN NATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING DAY CONTEST for you, our customers. We were very proud to unveil at CHA Winter 08 that all our newly printed domestic papers will be Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. In a nutshell, anyone buying our papers is helping keep our protected forests healthy for generations to come! For our Green National Scrapbooking Day Contest, we want to see your scrapbook layouts or other dimensional memory art using CI papers and other items they might normally recycle or throw away. Whether it is a flattened tin can covered in scrapbook paper, or a layout embellished with bottle caps… want to see your Green scrapbook projects! Read More...Click Here!
Two winners will be selected (one for most interesting recycled item used, and one for the overall best designed project). Each winner will be granted a $100 gift prize package from Creative Imaginations. And for all winners the projects will be featured on our Creative Imaginations Blog!
CONTEST RULES You must create a project exclusively using Creative Imaginations products with other recyclable items. You must post your projects (2 maximum per person) in our GALLERY for Green National Scrapbook Day Contest. The Creative Imaginations products must be listed, email address, as well as the store from which they were purchased. The contest starts April 15th and closes at 12:00 am, May 4. Contest winners will be selected and notified no later than May 23. Contest packages will be sent to the customers directly.
Our design team has taken up the challenge with a few samples of their own. This first project was created by design team member, Linda Auclair using the new collection by Teri Martin called Mother Earth, which arrives in stores next month. Here is what Linda Auclair had to say:
"Our team was issued a challenge to create a project that used "recycled" items. I chose plastic package from some Easter candy, the packaging from a set of Marah Johson Ecletic-Ka Brads, the backing from some Art Warehouse tags as well as another package from some pretty typography to go along with Teri Martin's Mother Earth collection of papers and stickers. The text inside my mini album includes some information about Creative Imaginations decision to go "green" and some easy tips for green crafting.
- Use product made with recycled materials and patronize manufacturers who product product in a responsible way.
- Don't throw away those scraps - swap with a friend. One scrapper's trash is another scrapper's treasure.
- Utilize packaging that would otherwise be discarded. Often as much designing goes into the packaging as the product it holds. Punch it, paint it, use it as is.
- Found objects and scraps of vintage items can make a beautiful and meaningful addition to your scrapbook pages. Save old buttons, bits of fabric, labels and the like and incorporate into your projects.
- "Junk" mail can be useful - use envelopes as background paper or pockets for journaling tags.
A few years ago a new kind of disposable food storage container came onto the market. They were small plastic boxes each with their own lid, designed to store food, be microwavable and then disposable. I liked these so I bought several packages. Recently, I discovered that the lunch meat my family likes is now packaged for sale in these exact same containers. Pretty cool because now I don't have to purchase the empty ones. Typically I buy two of these packages of sandwich meat each week, and I keep these containers for food storage. My collection of these containers is starting to get out of control. I have more of them than I know what to do with. When Creative Imaginations asked us to come up with a project using their product and a recyclable item, the choice was obvious. I wanted to make something out of these little plastic boxes. There are so many things that can be made out of them.
With it looking more like Spring each day, I decided to make little planters out of my plastic containers to start some flower seedlings. I am going to get them started in the house and when the days get a bit warmer they will be ready to transfer outside. I think they make a nice addition to my desk until it is time to move them outside.