Greetings! Emily here to today to share with you some ideas on reusing packaging. Every month, when I get my Cocoa Daisy kits, they come packaged so nicely in tissue papers, glassine envelopes, and canvas bags. They seem so handy, I don't want to throw them away, which means if I don't use them, I end up with a huge stash. I have found a few ways to reuse them, I'd like to share them with you.

The first product is tissue paper. It makes a great semi-transparent layer to projects!


I use glassine envelopes a lot on my layouts. They come in the kits full of die cuts and cards, I carefully empty them and take off the stickers then then use the package on my projects. I've got a couple of examples for you.

My first idea is to use them as a layer to mat a photo, as shown here in my layout, "The Best Compliment Ever." I like the texture it gives to the matting (note the tissue paper again). 


(BONUS! I also love to use it as a holder for my hidden journaling card. You can tell there's journaling, but it's a little more obscured, which I wanted for this project.)


The second way I've used the envelopes is as a page in a mini album. It's the perfect way to add variety to an album full of patterned papers. You can also use them to store memorabilia.


The Day in the Life and Planner kits come in canvas bags. I was collecting these, not quite sure what you do with them, then I had an idea and I have a feeling I'm going to be using up my supply pretty quickly.

I made banners out of them! 



You can see a video tutorial on my YouTube channel…


I hope you'll think twice before you throw away or recycle your packaging, you just might be missing a great opportunity!

~ Emily Pitts

Partner Appreciation GIVEAWAY – Day Three!

If you've picked up a copy of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine in the last 8 years then you would have seen our friends at Doodlebug on our back cover. Their unwavering support and friendship is second to none. They have welcomed us in to their offices, in to their home and in their hearts. Truly SCT is part of their family. We could not celebrate without celebrating all that we love about Doodlebug – their sweet designs, their consistent colour palette and their love for SCT. When we told them we were celebrating, below is what they sent and we think says it all! Thank you Cynthea, Tonya, John and all the amazing people at Doodlebug!

"We are proud & happy to partner with Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine! They are not only a beautiful, high quality publication, but also very dear friends! We are thrilled to offer one lucky reader a fun summer celebration package that includes our tropical "Fun in the Sun" 12 x 12 paper pack, an icon sticker, an all new "odds & ends" ephemera pack, matte sprinkles, washi and last but not least- a limited edition, exclusive "aloha" collectible pin that is not available for purchase! You won't want to miss out on this one!" 

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Here are several sweet projects created with this fun collection:



Cards in back from left to right: pineapple card – Piali Biswas; pineapple container – Lori Allred (made from a Silhouette cut file); "a day in paradise" flip book – Lori Allred; flamingo card – Piali Biswas  Front row: cactus card – Lori Allred; guitar card – Piali Biswas; banner card – Lori Allred; coconut drink card – Lori Allred

For an opportunity to win this awesome bundle from our friends at Doodlebug Design be sure to leave a comment below by Wednesday, September 7th!  

Here are all the places you'll find Doodlebug Designs! We would love if you would leave a "thank you!" on their Facebook page too and if you don't "like" them already, you just might want to!



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If you're just joining us for the first time, be sure to check out Day 1 of our Partner Celebration here! Have a wonderful day friends!

~ Catherine Tachdjian, Publisher, Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine