The way I see it, scrapbooking is already a pretty green hobby. I mean, it's all about using scraps, after all. :) Still, I'm always looking for ways to make my projects even more environmentally friendly. One thing I've been concerned about lately is the amount of photo paper that I end up throwing in the garbage. Unlike scrapbooking paper, photo paper cannot be recycled--at least, not where I live. I like to crop my photos so that I can fit more on a page, but that leads to a lot of waste. So, I decided to challenge myself to reduce my photo paper wastage. Thus far, I've come up with three ideas, and in this post I'll share my first idea with you.
My first idea is to print smaller photos. That way, I won't have to do so much cropping. Here (below) is a layout called "Penny Carnival" that I made with wallet-sized photos.
Supplies: cardstock (Wausau Paper), patterned paper (all from October Afternoon), alphabet stickers (all from October Afternoon), ink (Memories by Stewart Superior), buttons (all from October Afternoon), chipboard and ticket (from October Afternoon "5 & Dime" miscellany pack), thread (DMC), adhesive (3M dry and 3M foam adhesive).
This was a fun layout to create. I feel like I put a lot of photos and embellishments on the page, yet it does not feel too cluttered. After this successful first attempt, I will definitely be doing more layouts with wallet-sized photos in the future. But I still have other ideas about how to reduce my photo paper wastage, so check back later in the week for two more posts on this topic.