Papercrafting Challenge: Earth Day!
I hope you’re all having a great week already and that you’re ready for another fun papercrafting challenge!
This time, an extended challenge!
As some of you may know, April 22 is Earth Day.
What’s Earth Day?
It was originally proposed (in 1969 by peace activist John McConnell) as a day to honor the earth and the concept of peace.
While these two Earth Days were focused on the U.S., an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator of the U.S. Earth Day in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations. (Source: wikipedia.com)
And did you know there’s even an Earth Day anthem?
O.K., now on to our Earth Day Papercrafting Challenge!
Because I believe in honoring the origin of ideas, the challenge will center around not just honoring the earth, but honoring the concept of peace.
And, because it’s important to honor those who bring their ideas to fruition, the challenge will also center around teaching others to be conscious of the earth’s resources.
And, because we attract papercrafters from all over the world, we want this challenge to be inclusive – everyone is eligible to win this challenge and we would love to see how the concepts of repurposing, recycling and reducing (waste) are being adopted by other countries (some of whom currently do a much better job than we do at this!).
And finally, because several of you suggested that you’d love to participate in longer challenges (see, we listen!), we will be hosting longer challenges such as this one!
You will have a full month to create for this challenge!
The Earth Day Papercrafting Challenge starts today, March 19, 2014 and all submissions are due on April 19th, 2014.
Entries will be shared, and winners will be announced, here on our blog on April 22nd…Earth Day!
We will choose THREE winners from all entries and each of the three winners will have their choice of the following:
Option A: A ticket to an online papercrafting class ($25 USD max.) – to provide you with exciting ideas so you’ll use more of what you already own!
Option B: A ticket to a class at your favorite local papercrafting store or crafting event ($25 USD max.) – so you can learn about fun new ways to use up your stash!
Option C: A gift card/certificate to your favorite local papercrafting store or an online “handmade marketplace” ($25 USD) – to support your local economy and/or the idea of making things by hand!
*We will work out the details for how these will be delivered once we receive the prize choices from the winners
To Enter the Earth Day Papercrafting Challenge There Are Three Options:
1. Create something, anything, with a previously-used or long-languishing paper-based item from your stash, or something that is begging to be repurposed – no buying anything new!
This includes, but is not limited to: stamping, art journaling or layout “mistakes” that you incorporate into a new project; bits from cards you’ve received; patterned paper you had to have, but have never used; “unloved” patterned paper left over from a paper pad; all the chipboard, cardboard, tags, envelopes, stickers, embellishments that are taking up room in your craft space; boxes; and, books.
2. Create something, anything, with an item that is eligible for recycling – again, you must use something you already have in hand!
This includes, but is not limited to: craft product packaging; magazines or catalogs; plastic produce containers or netting; packaging labels; drink cartons or bottles; food boxes or cans; bottles; and, aluminum cans.
3. Create something, anything, with something you would normally throw away – again, use something you have in hand and show us how you are reducing waste!
This includes, but is not limited to: mailing envelopes or packaging you’ve received; product packaging; sticker backings; chipboard frames (the piece left when you pop out game pieces, letters or shapes); and, those scraps of paper most of us save, but don’t always use (despite our best intentions!).
And, there are Three Bonus Entry Options:
1. Incorporate the world, or any country other than your own, into your papercrafting project for one extra entry;
2. Incorporate “peace” into your papercrafting project, in any manner you see fit, for another extra entry.
3. Include instructions (the teaching element), including photos or a short video, with your submitted papercrafting project for a third bonus entry.
ETA: You may submit more than one project for this challenge.
Our goal is to generate lots of ideas so we all do a better job of incorporating what we would normally toss in the recycling bin or the trash (or simply leave hidden in our stash “for someday!”) into our papercrafting projects. The more the merrier!
You will have until midnight central, GMT-5, on April 19th, 2014 to complete your papercrafting project and submit it here be leaving a comment on this post and linking to your project(s) using the InLinkz tool below.
The Reader’s Digest
(short and sweet!)
version of the rules:
Create something, anything,
with an item that can be
repurposed, reused or recycled,
or which would normally be wasted.
Incorporate one or two or three
bonus entry options
for more chances to win!
Leave a comment on this post and
link to your papercrafting project
using the InLinkz tool below,
by midnight (central, GMT-5)
on April 19th, 2014.
Oh, and because peace begins with the understanding of others,
and honoring the earth is up to each of us,
SHARE this challenge with others,
especially your papercrafting friends
and family in other countries.
Get others to join in – the more the merrier!
Create, Comment, Link, Share!
Thanks for stopping by today – we can’t wait to see what you create!
Happy Earth Day,
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This entry from Beth couldn’t be linked via InLinkz,
but we didn’t want you to miss it: