Eco-Scrapbooking: Use Both Sides of the Scrapbook Paper

My scrapbooking over the last few weeks has been all about digging into my stash. I feel like I have not made a dent in my stash despite limiting new scrapbooking purchases. Over the past few weeks, I’ve used rub-on letters, pattern paper from 2003, fibers, brads, and border stickers–all things I don’t use much.

I’ve also used some newer supplies, but used them in a new way…well, actually, I used the supplies in a way I originally used them. I had a couple of dozen photos from a trip we took a couple of years ago and opted to make it into a mini-album. I used a few eco-friendly methods for this project.

I used both sides of the double-sided pattern paper. This is the first page of the album:

On side two, I used multi-colored alpha stickers. I always forget I have them, but am making an effort to use them:

I’m not super crazy about the colors of all the letters in the set, but I think they go well enough and they fit in the space like I wanted the set to do.

You may have noticed another trick in the previous two layouts, but look at the bottom of this third layout:

I used all the paper. You know how many pattern papers have a strip with the UPC and perhaps a bit of pattern that you have to cut off? I’ve seen plenty of people cut off those strips and add them to a layout. I opted to keep the strips on the paper and use the whoel piece of paper.

I suppose my last tip was that I used a paper kit collection. This really helped me use the scraps in the collection, too. Normally, my scraps would go back the folder with the collection, but using one collection for a mini-album really encouraged me to dig into those scraps. I still have a few pieces left in the collection, but feel really good about using my stash.

Of course, I need to be completely honest. This collection was in my stash, but I bought it within the last year. The collection is On Trend from Crate Paper (affiliate link). I really like this collection because it is so eclectic. It has showed me how much I like to just add eclectic things together rather than being so matchy-matchy. I plan to branch out and be more eclective on layouts. I want to match very different products from my stash together next. We’ll see what happens!

P.S. This post was written in response to Danielle’s call over at EcoScrapbook for Eco-Friendly Scrapbook Layouts.

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