Growing up in the seventies (and I mean being a teenager), I was on the "cutting edge" of recycling consciousness. I and my girlfriends started our own environmental organization, cleaning up the sides of roads, carting glass and cans "way out" to Gurnee, and even publishing our own Recycling Craft Newsletter.
We Xeroxed and distributed educational brochures to any who would take them, and started writing campaigns against companies whose industrial smoke and waste were killing the environment.
Of course, this is before cities started jumping on the curbside recycling collection bandwagon, before auto emissions testing, before manufactured goods were made with recycled products. I truly feel that I and my friends helped to push legislation that protects the environment today, all because we cared enough to educate people, blow whistles and we weren't afraid to do some clean-up ourselves...as teenagers.
Pictured here are several styles and sizes of handmade notebooks I've made from pads of paper, PostIts, even a Steno pad. They're covered with food containers made out of cardboard and cut to size to make cool covers. Of course, I added embellishments like lace, adhesive jewels, ribbon, bows, flowers and fibers.
The nicest thing about my project is that what was "far out" in the seventies is "cool" today. I know this because my teenage daughter had friends over last night, and when I showered them with a collection of these notebooks, they all grabbed their favorites. One likes tea and chose the Lipton-covered notepad with the lace, while another liked the flower-embellished Rice-a-Roni notepad.
Now on to another blog, with another great idea to "Reuse, Recycle and Reduce", making trash into treasure. Before you continue on, please take a moment to leave a little love. Just click HERE when you're ready to hop!!
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- Shannon - http://shannonleffew.blogspot.com/
Ashley - http://thebloghopprincess.blogspot.com
Maria - http://JoyfulStamper.blogspot.com
Robin - http://scrapandchat.blogspot.com/
Amanda - http://a-prata-design.blogspot.com/
Pat - http://patacakespages.blogspot.com
Miranda - http://www.nanasscrapspot.com/
Pam L - http://mzlavr2.blogspot.com/
Mandie - http://mandiesscrappin.blogspot.com/
Judy Dykes -http://scrappingjudy.blogspot.com/