I've always wanted to try making handmade paper from all of my paper scraps that are put into the recycle bin, but I've never done it. When I came across this Etsy shop, I was drawn in by all the pretty colors and textures of the eco-friendly handmade papers.
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Tina is the owner of Paper Recyclery, offering a variety of handmade paper goodies - all from recycled paper! Tina opened up shop just about a year ago, and she'll be celebrating Paper Recyclery's one year anniversary on Etsy on April 12. In her shop you will find: Stationary, envelopes, cardstock, gift tags, scrapbook paper, and more.
I asked Tina how she started making paper from scratch using recycled materials. This is what she said:
I was always interested in arts and crafts, but chose a career in
science, which I eventually left to stay home with my three daughters.
When the girls were old enough to go to school I was looking for
something to give me a creative outlet that would fit my green ideology.
I decided to try out papermaking, and after reading all the books on
the subject I could find at my local library, I started experimenting
with making paper from office, garden and household waste. In about a
year I had turned this hobby into a little business.
Does Tina have a favorite colored paper? She answered:
I make a lot of brown and white paper, but I love working with colors.
It makes me happy to look into a vat of colorful pulp and I think of it
as color therapy! It’s hard for me to pick one favorite. The colors I
choose depend mostly on availability of scrap paper, since I don’t add
dyes to my pulp.
What has been The Paper Recyclery's biggest seller so far? She replied:
All my recycled Kraft paper items sell very well, and the biggest seller is the set of brown 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inch papers [shown below].
I asked Tina to give us one tip for recycling to go green this month. Here's what she said:
To me the most important thing is never to think your actions are too
insignificant to make a difference. If everyone makes just a little
change for the better, the collective effect will be huge. I try to
reuse and re-purpose things as much as possible. For example, yogurt
cups can be washed and used instead of plastic drinking cups or for
making popsicles. The same cups can be washed and reused many times.
Why is recycling important to Tina?
I want to do my share in trying to keep this planet a beautiful, healthy place to live for my children and future generations.
Tina is generously offering a Sample Set of Colored Recycled Handmade Paper with Deckle Edges and A2-size Brown Kraft Envelopes as a prize for one lucky 2justByou Blog reader, valued at $20! Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on Earth Day, April 22nd, at midnight, Eastern Standard Time.
To enter, PLEASE leave a separate comment for EACH entry. Comments do not show up instantly, but no worries, they will show up after a minute or two. Leave your email address in at least the first entry, so that I can contact you if you win.
1. Visit Paper Recyclery and leave me a comment with the link to your favorite item from the shop.
2. Follow my blog via bloglovin or networked blogs (GFC counts too). Leave a comment telling me how you follow and username, please.
3. Share this giveaway (via G+, Pinterest, twitter, fb like -- each share will count as an entry, as long as you leave a separate comment for each share) and leave the URL in a comment. You can also do this once daily for twitter entry.
4. Add Paper Recyclery shop to your Etsy faves and leave your Etsy username in a comment.
5. Add an ITEM from Paper Recyclery to your Etsy faves and leave your Etsy username and link to item you faved in a comment. (You can do this once daily.)
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Good luck to you all! I love Tina's eco-friendly shop and hope you visit. =0)