Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday Feature & GIVEAWAY: Paper Recyclery

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.

MANDATORY ENTRIES:
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.

EXTRA ENTIRES:
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.)
6. Follow me on twitter @shopjustByou.
7. Add me to your GooglePlus circles.


Good luck to you all!  I love Tina's eco-friendly shop and hope you visit.  =0)

97 comments :

Tracy Speight said...

Fabulous post...Tina has same background as me, I have always been interested in arts and crafts but started my career as a scientist. I try to reuse paper where I can in my card making, I make a lot of the envelopes out of scrap brown paper i get in my Stampin Up orders (it is the filler) I will go visit Tina's shop and favorite so when I want supplies that are recycled..

Handmade at Warratahstree

Memories for Life said...

I love these square sheets!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/121554662/brown-kraft-square-handmade-paper?ref=shop_home_active

Memories for Life said...

Following via NetworedBlogs...Edi Royer

Teresa Kline said...

just stoppin by to comment, no gift entry for me. Thanks for sharing, very interesting.

enjoy *~*

heidi said...

I love the mint green paper, it's such a pretty color!


https://www.etsy.com/listing/100309433/mint-green-handmade-paper-recycled?ref=shop_home_active



heidi said...

And I follow you by bloglovin.

Stephanie said...

This blue paper - it is so pretty.

Stephanie said...

i follow on blog lovin

Stephanie said...

i follow on trwitter as @sj423

Stephanie said...

i put you in my G+ citcles

Stephanie said...

i <3 the paper recyclery as sjean423 on etsy

Eyelah said...

Her paper looks great. I always think of ugly paper when I see recycled paper but her paper is really pretty. I follow via GFC and bloglovin and I favorited her shop.

Stephanie said...

i <3'd some items on etsy as sjean423

Stephanie said...

i shared on pinterest:

http://pinterest.com/pin/101471797826730531/


Stephanie said...

i tweeted: https://twitter.com/sj423/status/320269608303095808

Stephanie said...

i shared it on g+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/106386191144551291187/posts/LsRvrmuZXpM

whew!

Yankee Burrow Creations said...

papermaking from garden waste? love the end result.
Debbi
-yankeeburrowcreations

Lindsey said...

gfc follower

Lindsey said...

love the blue paper

Lindsey said...

hearted the shop

Lindsey said...

hearted the purple paper

AmbreRose said...

I have been on a mint kick lately so I would choose the Mint green handmade paper. ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/100309433/mint-green-handmade-paper-recycled?ref=shop_home_active

Maegan Morin said...

I really like the Shades of Green and Aqua Hearts: http://www.etsy.com/listing/97595681/handmade-paper-hearts-shades-of-green?ref=shop_home_active

I follow you on GFC (same name)

megnate at telus dot net

Maegan Morin said...

I shared on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maegan.morin.7/posts/123737261151469

megnate at telus dot net

Maegan Morin said...

I tweeted: https://twitter.com/fahlinstar/status/320437234379673601

megnate at telus dot net

Maegan Morin said...

Google + Shared: https://plus.google.com/111278739448895932090/posts/3BiL65VQyHv

megnate at telus dot net

Maegan Morin said...

Pinned on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/164451823865755434/

megnate at telus dot net

Maegan Morin said...

I heart PaperRecyclery on etsy (id: megnate)

megnate at telus dot net

Maegan Morin said...

I heart the Handmade paper hearts, shades of green and aqua, recycled, deckle edge, set of 30 on etsy (id: megnate)

megnate at telus dot net

Maegan Morin said...

I follow you on twitter as @fahlinstar

megnate at telus dot net

Maegan Morin said...

I follow you on Google+ (same name)

megnate at telus dot net

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

All of the paper is a lot of fun...one I really like is this: https://www.etsy.com/listing/97442229/green-handmade-paper-assortment-recycled?ref=shop_home_active

thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I follow via GFC! (Under this username)


thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

Tweeted! https://twitter.com/KatyLMA/status/320477047619198976

thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

ChatterBlossom said...

Thank you so much for introducing this shop! I'm definitely going to go check it out! Very cool that all of the paper is recycled!
-Jamie
ChatterBlossom

Stephanie said...

this green one is really pretty too!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/100309433/mint-green-handmade-paper-recycled?ref=shop_home_active

Stephanie said...

i tweeeted again ...

https://twitter.com/sj423/status/320599924020477954

Janet Peachcloud said...

I like this one http://www.etsy.com/listing/107681842/pink-handmade-paper-cardstock-cut-edges?ref=shop_home_feat

Bloglovin: peachcloud
Etsy: peachcloud

Kottage Kreations said...

I have always wanted to try this art! Thank you for the opportunity to win such a gorgeous treat!

Kottage Kreations said...

Shared on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/intent/tweet/complete?latest_status_id=320764166426226689&original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.2justbyou.com%2F2013%2F04%2Ffriday-feature-giveaway-paper-recyclery.html&related=sharethis&shortened_url=http%3A%2F%2Fshar.es%2FdDQCp&source=sharethiscom&text=%0D%0AFriday+Feature+%26+GIVEAWAY%3A+Paper+Recyclery%0D%0A&url=http%3A%2F%2Fshar.es%2FdDQCp&via=sharethis

Kottage Kreations said...

I've been a follower on twitter for a LONG time :)

Kottage Kreations said...

You are in my Google Circle :)

bcbeaveratheart said...

My fav item from the shop is the Forest green handmade paper!

bcbeaveratheart said...

I am a blog follower via GFC!

bcbeaveratheart said...

I fav'd ya on Etsy, under R.Mueller

bcbeaveratheart said...

This is what I added to my fav's on Etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/121554662/brown-kraft-square-handmade-paper?ref=shop_home_active

Stephanie said...

i added these hearts to my etsy favs too. sjean423
http://www.etsy.com/listing/97977612/handmade-paper-hearts-yellow-orange-pink?ref=shop_home_active

Stephanie said...

and i tweeted again .....
https://twitter.com/sj423/status/320929975517708290

Camille said...

camillerose7 at yahoo dot com

http://www.etsy.com/listing/122437470/hot-pink-heart-tags-handmade-paper?ref=shop_home_active

Camille said...

Follow on bloglovin'

I think my username is camillerose7 at yahoo dot com

Camille said...

Favorited on Etsy as camillerose7

Camille said...

I <3 a few of your items

http://www.etsy.com/listing/125904285/unique-handmade-papers-from-tree-free?ref=shop_home_active

camillerose7

Camille said...

Following on Twitter as @Mamalamb7

Stephanie said...

i picked another one I like. Pink handmade paper cardstock, cut edges, recycled with embedded confetti, 10 small sheets, A2 card size

I <3'd them on etsy
sjean423

Stephanie said...

i tweeted again .... can you tell I like this paper. :)

https://twitter.com/sj423/status/321427368755490818

rachel said...

I like this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/99730090/round-raspberry-pink-tags-handmade-paper?ref=shop_home_active

Kim said...

Love the http://www.etsy.com/listing/110694601/blue-handmade-paper-recycled-deckle-edge?ref=shop_home_active

kimberlysummer40@aol.com

Kim said...

GFC follower-Kim Pollock
kimberlysummer40@aol.com

Stephanie said...

i added the folded heart cards to my favorites, sjean423

Stephanie said...

And, I tweeted again, :)
https://twitter.com/sj423/status/322081869833318400

Domestic Diva said...

I like the forest green handmade paper.

Domestic Diva said...

I follow on gfc

Stephanie said...

it's just me. tweeting again. :)
https://twitter.com/sj423/status/322834572461088769

Stephanie said...

and I faved another one on etsy, sjean423 <3

Stephanie said...

still at it..... https://twitter.com/sj423/status/323142828286963712

Stephanie said...

faving on etsy as sjean423

Stephanie said...

i am back, fav'd the Coral handmade paper, recycled, deckle edge, on etsy today. sjean423

Stephanie said...

And my tweet ..... https://twitter.com/sj423/status/323484552876150784

<3

Stephanie said...

i chose the green paper assortment today: Green handmade paper assortment,

sjean423

Stephanie said...

an still tweeting, lol

https://twitter.com/sj423/status/324275289838481408

Brooke said...

I love these paper hearts! Such great colors!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/98264822/handmade-paper-hearts-shades-of-blue-and?ref=shop_home_active

Lori @ applegrovetreasures said...

Favorite item: http://www.etsy.com/listing/98689465/green-handmade-paper-assortment-recycled?ref=shop_home_active

blew415 said...

I follow with bloglovin and like http://www.etsy.com/listing/102857743/pink-blank-cards-with-envelopes-handmade?ref=shop_home_active

Stephanie said...

just me tweeting again. :)

https://twitter.com/sj423/status/325096189328506880

Stephanie said...

and faving some more as sjean423

Stephanie said...

lol, still me. https://twitter.com/sj423/status/325348981536346112

Stephanie said...

sjean423 .... http://www.etsy.com/listing/125920565/folded-kraft-tags-handmade-paper?ref=shop_home_active

:)

rusty said...

Oooh, these orange envelopes are def my favourite!: http://www.etsy.com/listing/100311599/orange-envelopes-handmade-paper-recycled?ref=shop_home_active
Email: emelina@gmail.com

rusty said...

Follow your blog through bloglovin: emelina@gmail.com

rusty said...

Shared via twitter: https://twitter.com/ohrusty/status/325733147604025344

rusty said...

Faved on Etsy: ohrusty

rusty said...

Faved on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/125633768/green-handmade-paper-recycled-deckle?ref=shop_home_active
Nick: ohrusty

rusty said...

Followed on twitter: @ohrusty

rusty said...

Added on G+: Emelina Hagerskans

femmenoir said...

My favorite is definitey this!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/97440486/multicolored-paper-circles-handmade?ref=shop_home_active


Sierra T.
darlingcupcakez@gmail.com

femmenoir said...

I follow you on GFC!
Sierra Tatum

darlingcupcakez@gmail.com

femmenoir said...

I shared on G+
Sierra Tatum
darlingcupcakez@gmail.com

femmenoir said...

I shared it on pinterest!
http://pinterest.com/pin/90564642479111657/

Sierra T.
darlingcupcakez@gmail.com

femmenoir said...

I shared it on Twitter!
https://twitter.com/GiveawayGal25/status/326116690624647168

Sierra T.
darlingcupcakez@gmail.com

femmenoir said...

I favorited you on Etsy!
femmefatale25

Sierra T.

femmenoir said...

I added the multicolored paper round to my favorites on Etsy!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/97440486/multicolored-paper-circles-handmade?ref=shop_home_active

femmefatale25
Sierra T.

femmenoir said...

I follow you on Twitter
giveawaygal25

Sierra T.

femmenoir said...

I added you to my G+ circle!

Sierra T.

Stephanie said...

oops, missed a couple of days. :)
tweeted today: https://twitter.com/sj423/status/326169781180985344

Stephanie said...

as sjean423, I favorited these today: Handmade paper hearts, shades of blue and aqua, recycled, deckle edge, set of 30

meki said...

Love these: http://www.etsy.com/listing/99608925/brown-kraft-hearts-handmade-paper?ref=shop_home_active

meki said...

Following you as meki on GFC