Being a student in the Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management program at UNBC exposed me to many courses on sustainability, being “green”, as well as global climate change. I’ve always tried to do things as environmentally friendly as possible, which could be what has dictated my crafting identity. Most of the greeting cards that I make are made from cards that I have received over the years. I have always loved getting mail, not bills and junk mail of course, but letters and greetings from friends and family. I have however, never been a huge fan of cards. I mean after your birthday is over, or the Christmas season has come to an end, what do you do with them? I usually feel that they need to be kept and not thrown away as there are kind sentiments written into each one and someone put a lot of thought into writing and sending them to me. However, I find that it’s a shame to keep them hidden in a drawer for no one to see and for me to forget about until the next holiday comes along when I have a whole new pile to add to the drawer. This I believe is why I decided to use these beautiful pieces of card to make new creations. I do hope that I do not offend anyone by chopping up the card they sent me, but I see it as a form of recycling. Making new things out of the old gives me a sense of renewal. It may not be as big as bringing your old electronics to the recycle depot or composting your kitchen waste, but I do stand by the recycling aspect of it all.
The newest tool I now have in my collection is by far my most favourite. The ability to easily cut rounded corners without spending odious amounts of time with the scissors is something I now cannot do without! This little tool that costs a mere $5 should have been purchased a long long time ago.
The little green number is a Paper Shapers Corner Adorner, purchased from Wal Mart for $5. For a little bit more money you can get the fancy Fiskars version at any Michaels craft store. The Fiskars corner punch has two different sizes built into one. Handy.. but I have found it to be more difficult to use and the cutting to be less accurate. For the price and incredible ease of use, I recommend Paper Shapers. Continue reading