Saturday, May 9, 2009

After Craft - a match made on Etsy

I love paper.
I like treating the Earth with respect.
And I'm hopelessly hooked on Etsy.

What do these three facts have in common? A little something called "After Craft," that's what. Let me explain.

One of the many dear souls I've met via Etsy is Kendra Zvonik. She's the genius behind Etsy shop Green Post, a source for art, magnets, papers, cards, and badges all made from paper scraps. Kendra and I have a tendancy to think alike, and one day a couple of weeks ago, we had simlutaneous light bulbs lighting over our heads. I had loads of lovely paper scraps, she had a nifty method for recycling paper pulp. Ding!

Here's how it all works:

I make these:

Over a couple months, I end up with a decent stash of pretty paper scraps:

I send them to KZ who sorts them by color:

Then she shreds them to prepare them for pulply goodness:

Kendra then works her paper making magic to produce smooth sheets like these:

Rougher sheets like these begging for a collage project:

And, my favorite, PLANTABLE cards with wildflower seeds imbedded in the paper:

Kendra's glassblowing husband came up with the name, "After Craft." It's snappy, no? I don't think I could be more delighted. It's paper, it's recycled, it's handmade, it's the product of a partnership, it's beautiful, and with the plantable cards it keeps on growin'!

Everyone who orders from my shop will receive a plantable card from me and Kendra. You can also buy your own cards and After Craft paper at Green Post.

Thank you, KZ, for rockin' my world. I've got another stack of scraps started already.

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