one’s trash, another’s treasure

“Creativity is making marvelous out of the discarded.” — Anonymous

When someone commented positively recently about my posts on upcycling, only then I looked back and realised I did not share any of the crafts I worked on throughout the year last year in my blog. In fact, I did not even blog that much over the last 12 months.

My upcycled projects last year were few. Besides, I had “succumbed to the hashtag” and posted those few creations on Instagram instead along with some of the older projects from the past few years.

I played more with paper and card off-cuts last year. I visited my printer friend Mary often especially in the last few months and every time after I had been to her place, I would come home with stacks of good quality paper or card off-cuts that they kept for me.

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a fellow upcycler and I just think that it is almost a crime to discard these or send them for recycling!

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so many ideas and possibilities go through our minds when we saw these…

This monster of a machine amazes me — cutting inches thick paper and cards like butter!

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I have learnt over time and now, I get this guy to cut the materials into sizes that I want before I take them home. The stack was what I took home that particular day, not being too greedy and try not to hoard!

Mary and her team are always amazed by what I could come up with using their leftovers. Truly, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

Recycling
General paper and card: RM0.05 per kg
White paper and card: RM0.50 per kg

Upcycling
One upcycled card: RM5.00
Value of an upcycled card: priceless!

One can never put a value on creativity!

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my specialty – rustic flowers

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they kept the high quality and expensive gold strips for me – gold rosettes gift tags

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more gift tags with rosettes

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gift card using expensive recycled card off-cut

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this was my training on patience development!

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I love all things nature so apart from flowers, I make leaves too

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hearts are the easiest to make/cut so these gift tags could be created almost in an instant

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and this 3D greeting card too.

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just one of the examples of Christmas gift tags

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Christmas cards

“I don’t think outside of the box; I think of what I can do with the box.” —Anonymous

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