Monday, January 11, 2010

Method Playground: Go Green!

I am the host of this week's challenge over at the Playground: upcycle something on your layout or project. There are lots of possibilities for this one: packaging materials, junk mail, newspapers, magazines, boxes, styrofoam, old books, catalogues. If it's destined for the trash (or recycle bin), use it on your project and post a link to it in the comments at Method Playground. Be sure to check out the amazing artwork created by the design team.

Here are my layouts:

I placed drops of alcohol ink onto the packaging from some Basic Grey magnetic snaps. After it dried, I doodled some swirls with a Sharpie pen and adhered it to my page.

The large bracket on this LO is cut from a Panera Bread coffee cozy--love the texture on these. And the tree is made from a scrap of cellophane packaging from a pack of stickers. Here's how:

  1. stamp with Versamark ink onto the cellophane.
  2. swirl gently with a brush dipped in metallic pigment powders (I used sparkle gold Pearl-X powders)
  3. spray with a fixative like Krylon Workable Fixatif
  4. adhere to LO with a brad or staple

I also never toss the background sheets to stickers. The negative spaces can be fussy cut, or used as a mask for painting or misting (just be sure to lessen the adhesive by sticking it to some fabric a few times--learned this the hard way!). And pages of old, torn books make great material to punch and die cut.

Be sure to play along with us. You have until Monday, January 25th to link up your project in the comments at Method Playground for a chance to win a camera strap sewn by me.


  1. love the look of these and love looking at debris with a fresh eye...I'm going to try that in other arenas of my life:)

  2. Hi Michelle!

    My! This is a challenge for me!!!
    Of course I love the concept and your pages are wonderful! I hope I'll find time to play along...

    Thank You ~


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