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Sellwood woman gives new life to old greeting cards

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Crafty Renee Kimball, a Sellwood resident, shows gift boxes she's fashioned from used greeting cards.What others may consider scrap, Sellwood resident Renee Kimball sees as creative possibilities.

At SMILE Station on February 2, Kimball again this year led a free “Creative Used Card Workshop”, to demonstrate the many ways of recycling occasion cards and calendars into new, useful items and gifts.

In addition to turning Christmas cards into Valentine’s Day cards, Kimball also demonstrated how to transform them into candy holders, gift boxes, and name and gift tags.

Participants were supplied discarded items from Westmoreland’s “Branches” store [6656 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue] on which to experiment. A favorite of the day was creating small gift boxes from greeting cards.

“No two items are alike,” Kimball pointed out. “Instead of feeling guilty about throwing out beautiful greeting cards, those in this clinic leave learning how to make a new, a unique piece worth keeping. It’s the ultimate recycling.”

If you couldn’t attend the workshop, Kimball said she’d e-mail an instruction sheet to BEE readers if e-mailed at: HYPERLINK "mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .