Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…it comes to mind almost everyday as I process the mail for our office or check the mail at home. So many periodicals, flyers, take-out menus, envelopes left when the bill is removed. It seems like such a waste! But then the other, now more popular “re” word came to mind today–REPURPOSE. But how do you repurpose junk mail? You can make paper beads, use the blank sides for scrap paper, or MAKE A VALENTINE. This is all you really need…
- Scissors – Regular and Decorative
- Glue Stick
- Heart-shaped Punch
- Page Flags and Paper Clips Rescued from Office Trash
- Envelopes from Checks, Bills, and a Card – Also Rescued from the Trash
- Scraps from Prior Projects
- Flap from Cardboard Box (Yup – In the Trash)
- Used Tissue Paper
- Industry Magazine – Would Have Been Trashed!
First, I cut the cardboard to my desired size. Next, I used the decorative scissors to cut the front of the card envelope and then glued it to the cardboard. I didn’t worry about the names on the front because the next thing that I did was to start covering them up with various scraps…
And some more details…
As a side note, I couldn’t find a place to use the hearts from the envelope windows. It was sad because they were pretty cool. And I felt like I was writing a ransom note when I was cutting letters from the magazine! But I digress…
Much nicer than a ransom note, I think!
I think it’s quite pretty!
I don’t know about you, but I like my little trashy Valentine!
So what are you waiting for? Don’t toss all of the junk mail – save some for your sweetheart! Romantic, isn’t it? I can’t wait to hear about your creations!
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