Inspiration: GLEAN creative reuse

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Last week, I discovered GLEAN creative reuse on Etsy, while searching for Scrabble tiles. I needed them to finish up a project I had put off all summer. But I have been all about crossing everything off my list before diving head first into fall.

I received my package from GLEAN yesterday and I was able to refrain myself before ripping into all of the wrapped goodies. I loved that the reused materials were even wrapped in reused materials. If you look closely, you will recognize that the ribbon is a VHS tape and wrapping a pattern. That was an added bonus, in addition to the flash card and old photo of mother and child.

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How did she know that our studio employs a mother and tot, too?

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In addition to the Scrabble tiles, I couldn’t resist picking up a pack of vocabulary flash cards and a pack of scraps from children’s book. Next item on my list – the Around the World in 20 Pages – the Map Ephemera Pack.

I pulled out a picture of a dog for Lucy to enjoy. Maybe this was a bad idea, because she has started tearing pages out of books for the first time this week. I am not pleased. I don’t think that she is disassembling her books in the name of art.

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Here is my little helper handing me the pack of Scrabble tiles. We packed them up and headed to the studio for the finishing touch. Dad met us for a little dinner at the studio – pizza from Ella’s. He read with her while I glued the tiles onto the canvas. Thanks, Henry! With one final touch tomorrow, it will be complete. And I will be sure to share it soon.

As a special treat for Lucy, we watched the following video by Jenni Rope, which we found on the GLEAN creative reuse blog.

Jenni Rope: Kiipeilypuu / The Climbing Tree from Jenni Rope on Vimeo.

I told Emily that I shared her love for creative reuse centers and that I had served on The Scrap Exchange board for many years. Then I received The Scrap Exchange email newsletter informing me that there will be ReuseConex, The First National Reuse Conference & Expo October 18th-20th in Raleigh, NC. I must mark my calendar. How exciting!

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