Thursday, July 1, 2010

Project Genesis

Today I am joining Old Grey Mare for Project Genesis where once a month we share our ideas for change. Simple ideas that help to improve the environment. Ideas that anyone can use to make an impact in their world.

We eat a lot of cereal at our house so there are lots of cardboard boxes each week that in days past would have been thrown out. (This is not the cereal we eat. :) A friend "gifted" these boxes to me for my projects.)

Since blogging, I've been inspired by so many out there who recycle, upcycle and reuse just about anything available for crafting. Now all those cereal boxes are turned into gift totes using cheap or old gift wrap paper, Graphics Fairy images and any other embellishments on hand.

I also trace and cut them into tags.

Then decorate and embellish using scraps leftover from other projects.

This simple act of recycling helps me to feel better about my impact on the environment. And in turn, I have totes for gift giving and tags with messages and images that spread a little joy to others.

As Ghandi said "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Peace & blessings, Tammy


erin said...

wonderful tags!! and great idea! gotta love GHANDI!! thanks for sharing.

Susan said...

I loved Ghandi and his philosophy, too. Tammy, are you in the States now? Susan

summersundays-jw said...

Loved these! I think I may join this. Jan

Melissa said...

You do the most beautiful recycling. Glad to see your finding the time to get on here while on vacation. Hope you enjoyed your time in Chicago.

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

What a great recycling project! Good for you!

oldgreymare said...


I am so grateful to you for being here for the first PG project. I am already thrilled with the all the great ideas from the links and the comment sections on each post.

Small steps....big change.


A Fanciful Life said...

Hi Tammy,
Great idea! For my birthday, a friend used a Kleenex box that she painted, stamped, glittered, etc as a gift box. She added a handle to it and now it holds all my birthday cards. Hope you are enjoying your trip right now!

glor said...

Just perfect. I now look at food boxes in a whole new light. Hope to start crafting soon.

La Dolce Vita said...

absolutely!! right there with you! reuse reduce recylcle! you go girl!!

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

LOve this idea....gee I have a few boxes...might give it a whirl!
Every little bit helps.

Jane said...

Hi Tammy,
You always have the best recycling projects and I admire how you are making an effort to reduce the amount of trash that goes into the landfills. I know you are "gifted" boxes for projects from friends so you are keeping their boxes out of the landfills too!!
I always enjoy seeing the beautiful packages and tags you create from these everyday items.

Creative Carmelina said...

recycle, upcycle, reuse, yes, tammy! you go girl!

i absolutely love the tote idea...and am working hard to eat my way through cereal lol....

it's actually not hard when you've got kids,

having fun in the USA?
ciao bella
creative carmelina

crochet lady said...

I love, love, love those tags! Think I'm gonna try making a few. Thanks for the great ideas.

DeeDee said...

Hi Tammy I know you are stateside so hoping your are having some fun times...

I am a huge recycler.....I use ceral boxe for tags, and the backing for my solder many other things too...

enjoy your summer...

sharon said...

This is a great recycling project, you are very gifted. I always forget to buy gift tags, so now I know what to do!

My Sweet Rose. said...

Hi Tammy,
I'm now cutting up cereal boxes after seeing yours.
I love your ideas, keep em coming!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Tammy
You know that Ghandi quote is probably my favourite.. ever... And these tags are a fabulous idea... You've made them look delightful!! Have a great weekend.. xx Julie

Zuzu said...

Yay Tammy!!! I'm so glad you joined in!!! And your gift totes & tags are wonderful - an added gift, because they're made by you.

Hope you're having fun in the States!!!

Lori R. said...

Tammy.... excellent idea!!! love, love the tags!!!

Ana said...

Hi Tammy,
I love this idea. Makes a beautiful and very sturdy gift tote. I think I remember seeing it here on your blog before. I just think it's an awesome way to recycle. LOVE IT! Oh and love your tags too. Wishing you have a wonderful weekend my dear friend. Until next time.

Hugs and Kisses,

Linda said...

I'm always amazed at what you come up with, Tammy! Wonderful!!

I sent you an email - I didn't publish your last post, because it was personal and contained your email. Hope to visit with you while you're in the Chicago area!! ♥


Yarni Gras! said...

I really love your recycled boxes....I am going to try that too. I'm not into scrap booking so don't have many supplies but I bet just covering it in wrapping paper and adding ribbon handles would look pretty good too.
Thanks for sharing your day with us!

Anonymous said...

Your ideas are lovely as always. I wish you had been doing this while I was in Kuwait, with all the gift exchanging we used to do! HA! Maybe they will make their way to Qatar. We just got back, and it all looks very positive. They made an offer to Omar, and he accepted verbally. There is a background check to be done, but it all is coming together. We might well be neighbors again!! Tell Sam that the next family vacation is to Doha!!! More very soon!!

Hope you are having a wonderful time with Gwen!!

Love ya,

Serena said...

Your decorated cereal boxes look fabulous! What an excellent idea! One I plan to start implementing in this household too.

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