- You get unique products, full of character quite unlike the mass produced items you buy in supermarkets or shopping centres
- You are sure to get quality and attention to detail
- Handmade gifts make the recipient feel special because you actually took the time to find something that's one of a kind
How you as a crafter can help protect the environment
If you're an experienced crafter I'm sure you're also a hoarder of things that might be used in your future projects. If you're starting now keep all those interesting bits and bobs that you think you might use. Here are some suggestions:
- Ribbon: keep all the bits of ribbon that come with some products. They can be used in cardmaking, scrapbooking, sewing, etc.
- Beads/Sequins: the same as above. Some time ago I threw away a pair of slippers that were falling apart. They had some sort of design made with beads and sequins and I took these out and put them in my beads box. It just seemed just a waste to throw them away when I use beads quite often in my crafts!
- Buttons: these make great embellishments for cardmaking and scrapbooks pages. Take all buttons from clothes you no longer wear. You can do the same with the zippers if they are in good condition...and while you're at it what about the fabric of that shirt, skirt, etc. that you're about to throw away? If it has a nice, unusual pattern you might want to use it for some project or other.
- Paper: you can get nice samples of paper from gifts, packaging, cards you've been sent, etc. Also, if you work with paper keep all those small pieces in a folder or box. You never know when they might be useful.
There's a crafter on Flickr who has been using punched out pieces of paper left over from her previous projects. She has very cleverly integrated them in her handmade cards to stunning results. Check out her blog at http://kimmikat.wordpress.com/