waste not, want not…

greetings from SOMEWHERE in Germany… somewhere beautiful, and quaint and charming and delightful! i am having a wonderful time… it’s tricky to squeeze in sightseeing and working on upcoming product deadlines! so thankful for the internet…whew… what ever would we do without it?!

are you one of those people who just can’t throw anything away? do you find uses for the stuff that others senselessly toss into the recycle bin? well, this is your lucky day! ms. maggie massey has a project just for you… take a look at what this girl makes from otherwise garbage!!


When I was asked to create a project for the theme “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” I decided I really wanted to challenge myself to create something with nothing but items that would usually be thrown away. And I have to tell you…it really was quite a challenge for me.

I started off by grabbing some photos I took at CHA…photos that didn’t make my other albums, but that really represented some great memories for me…photos of some of the food that we enjoyed during our time at the show. Some of my most enjoyable memories of that time happened at dinner or during a coffee break…so why not include those photos (and the memories they encompass) in a little book.

Here’s what I made…

Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

Let me give you a little run-down of how I put this little book together. I mounted each of my photos on old dictionary pages. I bought this particular dictionary at a garage sale years ago for under $1.00 – and I’ve been using it’s pages ever since in various projects.

I grabbed a whole bunch of the plastic packaging that Heidi’s products come wrapped in and found the ones that measured about the same size as my page/photo combo did. I cut this plastic packaging down (making sure not to cut the side that contained the fold/seal). I measured and sewed scrap pieces of No Limits paper to the non-sealing edge of each plastic wrapper and then used my Cinch to punch the holes that would eventually hold my binding coil.

I embellished each page of my album using Heidi’s product packaging…and then I slipped the finished pages into the little plastic wrapper page protectors.

Now let’s take a closer look at some of the individual pages…

Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

For the front cover page, I glued a whole bunch of of info-stripsI had cut from various Heidi Swapp papers…I love that the names of the papers are always so fun and project-appropriate, so I tried to focus on placing those pieces in noticeable areas. I didn’t plan the placement of any of these strips, and I really really like the random, eclectic look. I sewed a zig-zag stitch around the edge of the paper, just to add some texture…and I added the word “food” with the outlines of the letters that I had previously used from the Color Magic Chipboard Alphas.

Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

The back of a lot of Heidi’s packaging has this beautiful ballet-pink background that I just adore…I cut arrows from this paper for this page…

Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

Heidi has the most wonderful descriptions/wording on all of her packaging…and it makes for the best embellishments…

Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

My list of guests at dinner was made easier just by adding Heidi’s name from one of the info-strips…and my little white circle is simply the inside of an “O” from the Color Magic Chipboard Alphas…more spectacular packaging wording completes this page…

Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

A while back I sprayed an entire sheet of Letterbox Alphas 2 different colors…no big deal, right? But I realized (too late) that I didn’t really need ALL of the letters to be colored, so I hadn’t used the rest of those letters…until now. I just grabbed what I needed and added them (with a line of stitching) to the bottom of this photo…

Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

Even though this is a ridiculously simple page, I love love love it…the little “chic”s just make me smile…

Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

Each of the Memory File packages includes little mini photos of each Memory File design in the package…I cut these little photos out and notched them…and they make the perfect little pennants! This is definitely something I will be doing on many more projects…and the simple black-and-white diagonal pattern on the bottom of each package can be cut into virtually any shape (here it’s an arrow) and added to your project.

Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

More packaging cut-outs here…if you just keep your eyes open you can find just about anything you need!

Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

More Memory File photo pennants here…

Maggie Massey for Heidi Swapp

And my back cover is decorated with a left-over scrap from a Memory File and even more packaging…yay!

I look at this project and I think it’s become one of my favorites. It’s not the “prettiest” or coolest project I’ve probably ever done, but it was definitely one of my most challenging…and I really like the way it turned out.

Next time you’re getting ready to throw out that piece of paper or plastic, take a look at it again…can it be re-purposed to make your project even better?

pretty cool, i have to admit… Maggie, i thank you for opening my eyes to a few finds!! and if you will excuse me… ‘the hills are alive…with the sound of music’…..

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