Friday, October 1, 2010

Project Genesis: Magazine Makeovers

I'm joining Suzan at Old Grey Mare for the beginning of another month (Happy October!). Project Genesis gives us a chance to share eco-friendly ideas that anyone can implement in their own lives. Positive changes that will impact our environment and ultimately our world.

“The people are the only ones capable of transforming society.”- Rigoberta Menchu

We all have favorite magazines that we buy over and over again.

Some are keepers, but then there are some that need to find a new home. In the States, there are so many ways to recycle magazines. I've been fortunate here to be able to donate them to the Trash to Treasure program. This program has taught ladies at the Phillipine Embassy shelter to make the most wonderful ornaments and jewelry from the pages of magazines.

Last week I picked up the Pottery Barn catalogue.

It was wonderful to browse through, but once I was done with it, rather than tossing it, I tore out several pages that will be worked into an inspiration journal.

Then, inspired by my Aunt Elaine and Creative Carmelina, I made envelopes out of the rest.

They will be great to insert a little gift of tea and chocolate.

Or a handmade tag ...

and then sent along to a friend. Scattering kindnesses each day is also another way to impact your world in a positive way.
"All the kindness which a person puts out into the world
works on the heart and thoughts of humankind."
** Albert Schweitzer **

Friendship blessings, Tammy


oldgreymare said...


Terrific! I had forgotten that I used to make envelopes like these when I was in high school and college. You've inspired me to do it again.

Thank you for the info on trash to treasure program too. Love the quotes, well gee, I love the post. Thank you dear!



Maureen said...

I love all of these ideas. The ornaments are beautiful.

Marilyn said...

You always have the greatest of ideas.....clever you!!! :)

Susan said...

Cool post, Tammy. It's true that it takes so little effort to spread happiness and yet it really does make the world a better place. Loved your envelopes, tags, etc. Great job! Susan

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Tammy sweetie...
What a beautiful post. I love the envelopes. Do you have a pattern or could you post a tutorial? I have never made one, but I would love to try.

I love the photos for journals and shares too. I have so many magazines, and I hate to just toss them in the recyclable bin, as they have so many wonderful things on many pages. I guess I will be busy cutting and trying a little less saving.

I love the Trash to Treasures program, and just look at the beautiful things that they make with the magazines. I love the flower pattern. That is SO beautiful,and even a necklace. My gosh.

Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you are having a wonderful Friday. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

gail said...

Tammy-What great ideas! It's amazing what can be done with just about anything. I love the envelopes.
Thank you for visiting and wishing me a happy bday. And that is so funny that you have the same enamel pot all the way in Kuwait!

crochet lady said...

Very wonderful post. You have such creative ideas!

Rustique Gal said...

Tammy, I agree with everyone here! I love the envelopes and the idea of sending tea, chocolate and tags. I'm looking into donating small bundles of magazines to nursing homes and hospital waiting rooms. The regular offerings can be dismal at best!
All the best to you...

Elaine said...

Glad to see you are making some envelopes from your magazines. Your Aunt Eileen says she loves getting the pretty things in her mail box. I wish I could make jewerly like that.

Have a great day. Hugs Aunt Elaine

Celestial Charms said...

Love the idea of making envelopes and tags from recycled ordering catalogs. Great idea that I must try to incorporate. Have a wonderful weekend.

LuLu Kellogg said...

I loved the info on the Trash to Treasure program!

I am trying to catch up on my Bloggie visits since I have been off on a Birthday Frivolity Vacation with my sister! I am still eating cake! *sheepish look*


Lemondrops Simple Stuff said...

Great ways to recycle! The flower ornament and necklace look amazing! What a great idea with the envelopes. I am going to have to try that. Thanks for the inspiration.

Candace@craftysisters-nc said...

Great idea to make an envelope. The paper ornament and necklaces are just beautiful! Have you seen the bracelets made from soda cans? They are so colorful and beautiful.

vicki said...

Tammy - what an amazing post - you are the QUEEN of recycling! I am absolutely in LOVE with the envelopes! Can you post a tutorial on how to make them - these are just a fabulous way to recycle. You are totally an amazing person in that you choose to and work so very hard at keeping our world "green"!


Anonymous said...

I love your ideas to make good use of your old magazines. The envelopes are such a cute idea. I saw the one that Carmelina sent you. SO CUTE!! Good for you and everyone else that gets ideas about a better way to get rid of their old things. I saw a billboard here the other day about the World Conference on the Environment that will be here in Doha is April and May. If you submit an idea about how to help the environment, they will give you a ticket to the conference. Pretty nice!!

Hope your Saturday is a good one!


A Vintage Chic said...

Thanks for that information, Tammy--how wonderful! Love what you're doing with your old magazines/catalogs--those envelopes are such a great idea!

Thanks for all you share, my friend--hope your weekend is just lovely!


Deb said...

Hi Tammy, love your PB inspiration pictures and your cool envelopes...great idea! Your dream tag is super! Have a great weekend! Deb

Theresa said...

Hi Tammy! I love this post... now I want to make envelopes! I have given magazines to the kids schools for art and classroom work and ofcourse the recycling center. The jewelry and ornaments that the ladies from the trash to treasure program make are lovely. Thanks for the inspiration! Have a fabulous weekend, Theresa xoxo

Charlene said...

What a spectular and inspiring blkog that you have Tammy!!Have a teriffic weekend!

La Dolce Vita said...

wonderful repurposing and upcycling post Tammy! looks like great fun too!!

Dana and Daisy said...

beautiful ideas Tammy! Thank you for encouraging us all. And thank you for your visit to my blog and your friendly comment!

Dana and Daisy

Mary Ellen said...

Envelopes out of magazine pages! wonderful and creative idea!!! thanks for the idea friend!!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

How I love coming over to your cozy place, Tammy, the background music, the strong words, that amazing magazine. I do tear inspiring pages out of my magazines too :D
Wishing you a sweet Sunday and a good start to the new week! xxx

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, how clever...and love the beautiful ideas! I just came over to wish you a happy Sunday!!!
P.S. You changed your song! This one is pretty too!

Ellie said...

Great idea! I have a friend that makes pouches
on CreationsbyIngrid Magazines
do make a huge difference in inspiring us, but I love what you and your friends are doing!!!

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