crafts, crEAting

crEAting…nothing goes to waste

I am sure everyone is left with a huge pile of Christmas cards after Christmas is over and the decorations are down.  I have plans for all mine.
For any that I particularly like or think are useful I turn them into gift tags for next year.  If they are very large cards I will cut them into suitable sizes depending on the design.

 

Then I cut across the corners like a luggage label and punch a hole.

For smaller tags I might only use part of a card in this case the upper part…

and shape the corners and punch a hole the same.

You can experiment with any part of a card – it doesn’t have to be the whole of the picture.

This particular card would not be useful again because of the date 2017 – but I had other ideas.

I will use this part as a tag on my tray of homemade chocolates that I make at Christmas…

and the numbers will be useful for the future and can be stuck onto a 2nd or 7th birthday card.

Sometimes the design and proportions of a card do not make good tags as they are a little too large but I crop them down to a suitable place…

and paste it onto an envelope and use these as money envelopes when I am giving cash or a cheque instead of a gift.  In our family when we give cards for birthdays we never stick the envelope closed so that we can then re-use it so I always have a good  stock of colours and sizes and pasting the card onto the envelope covers up the previous name on the front.

This card had a beautiful laser cut pattern on the front so I carefully detached this for future use.

Then cropped down the rest of the card to make another money envelope.
One or two cards I will keep for inspiration when I am making my own cards from lino cuts.

And then there are always one or two that I hang on to – if someone has sent me a handmade card I like to keep them (not all of them but a few).  I also like to keep one or two that I absolutely love and often they are the very small but simple cards that I pick out for my mantel piece display which I tend to colour co-ordinate to be more effective.   This way some of my favourite cards are re-used – it may sound a bit of an odd habit – but it works for me.   I mark these with a red sticker on the back so I know they are older ones and keep them stored in a box for next year should I want to reuse them. 

mantelpiece

So of the cards I received this year I have made some money cards,

  a selection of gift tags…
and I will find something to make with this for next year…

Of the remaining I will be selecting some to use for an advent calendar next year and the rest of them I will just cut the front part off and these will go to a local charity who will repurpose them as new cards for next Christmas and the insides will go to the recycle bin in Sainsbury’s. ( Or like Sue over at the Cottage at the End of the Lane she uses hers for her shopping lists).

This way none of the cards end up in my waste bin and most of the usable parts of a card are reused in some way.

 

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8 thoughts on “crEAting…nothing goes to waste”

  1. Thanks for this post, it’s been amazingly useful. I see blog posts suggesting turning old cards into gift tags, then look at the cards I have and can’t see how the large image could become a tag. Now I understand!

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  2. Some great recycling ideas. I particularly like the money card idea, although I’ve already bought a stack of them in the sales. I might try to do this with this year’s cards. I’ve already cut the graphic images off last year’s calendar to use for making general birthday gift tags as the patterns on them are really pretty. I remember doing this when I was in the brownies and selling bags of them to raise funds for our pack.

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  3. I love reusing cards and wall calendar each year. They’re so beautiful. It would be a shame to just pitch them. I usually send most of them to St. Jude’s for Children for reuse, but some of the bag names (like Hallmark and American Greetings) forbid their reuse (grumps). By the way, they make up into nice bookmarks as well.

    It looks like you really had fun with this project. Nicely done.

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    1. I wonder if Hallmark have a ban over here too – I had not heard of that – seems a shame they can’t be more generous to the charities trying to raise funds – after all one day someone from these big name companies might be glad of Hospice place or the like.

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