Use, Reuse and DIY : GP by Camila


My request to Camila to contribute a suitable post for my new blog resulted in this fabulous Reuse and Eco Friendly post. She was so thoughtful to pick a topic that would suit the blog and something we could learn from. 

Camila  is Freelance translator and simultaneous and consecutive interpreter from Chile. She is a vegetarian, animal lover and owns 3 cats ! She loves tea parties, makeup, shopping and glitter ! She has this wonderful blog and it is quite popular in Chile.


Hello everyone! I am really happy to write this guest post, and to be able to show you how to use common items we all have at home, to create some beautiful DIY projects.
Here’s a few ideas I hope can inspire you with your own DIYs:
Postcards from a Cereal Box:
DIY Valentine Postcards

Simple and easy. All you need is a cereal box, double tape and pretty paper, stickers, ribbons, anything you want (or have).

DIY Post Card Process Picture 1
Start by drawing two postcard sized rectangles (if your cereal box is big enough, if not you can draw a single postcard).
DIY Post Card Process Picture 2

Cut both rectangles but leave a couple extra centimeters.


DIY Post Card Process Picture 3

Cover the back of the cardboard rectangles (meaning the front of the box) with double tape. Make sure there’s enough double tape on the edges and well….most of the postcard.

DIY Post Card Process Picture 4
Stick both rectangles on the other side of the cereal box and cut both rectangles so they are postcard size now.
DIY Buenos Aires Post Card


And decorate with whatever you want. I made some Valentine Day’s postcards in February this year, and recently this Buenos Aires inspired postcard because I was visiting Argentina a few months ago (I am from Chile btw).
This DIY is that simple, you can decorate your postcards the way you want and hopefully, you won’t throw away any more cereal boxes.
Envelopes from a Shopping Bag:


Flower Envelope

This is one of my favorites, all you need is a shopping bag and lots of imagination. Depending on how big the shopping bag is, you can make one, or two or more envelopes.

Shopping Bag Envelope Process Picture 1

Start by choosing the shopping bag you want to use. This flower shopping bag has been by far, one of my favorites.

Shopping Bag Envelope Process Picture 2

Cut the front of the bag (if you want to make a bigger envelope and your bag is big enough).

Shopping Bag Envelope Process Picture 3

And fold it the way you would fold a simple envelope.

Shopping Bag Envelope Process Picture 4

Stick both sides with double tape.

Shopping Bag Envelope Process Picture 5

And you’re done! Decore your envelope as you wish. You can use some washi tapes, post its, stickers, anything you want.

Shopping Bag Envelope

Here’s another envelope I made with one of the cutest shopping bags I’ve ever had.

DIY with a Cookie Box:
DIY Cookie Box
Grab a cookie box, or just any box that’s sturdy enough and it’s good for reusing, and grab some nice wrapping paper.
Glue the wrapping paper to the box and make sure to let it dry for a few hours.
DIY Cookie Box
Voilà! Your new box is ready.
Reuse a CD Paper Sleeve:
If you have any cd paper sleeves at home, and you feel you’re probably not going to use them again, then a nice idea is to cover the inside with wrapping (or scrapbooking) paper and decorate the outside with a nice theme. I chose Christmas for this one.
And Old Box and Washi Tape:
DIY Scotch Box

Grab a small box of anything you want or have, and wrap it with some washi tape. Make sure the washi tape is dark enough to cover the print on the box.

Reused Scotch Box
Cover with a nice ribbon and you’re done. I think this is a great idea for a small Christmas present and it’s something the recipient of this gift will be able to keep on reusing.
A Kinder Egg, Why Not? 
DIY Kinder Egg
If you have Kinder Surprise in your country, then instead of throwing the eggs in the garbage, you could reuse them to store tiny presents.
DIY Kinder Egg container
Just seal it with some washi tape and give it to someone especial. Or decorate it with tiny stickers and keep it to yourself!
Hope all these ideas can inspire you and allow you to reuse all of those items we usually tend to throw in the garbage or the recycle bin.
Have a great day and a fun time DIYing!
Hugs from Chile.

I am Grateful

l-4990Probably I would have never written this post. Probably I would have never even shared what I am thankful for, but Ilyse Johnson and her blog post has been a huge inspiration.

“We all have so much to be thankful for! Sometimes, it’s easy to be bogged down in what we lack, when really, there’s so much that we can appreciate.” – Ilyse

Until recently, Gratitude was not a formal sentiment in my life. Its probably as we mature and start getting more aware of everything around us , we feel more and more gratitude towards life.

Here is my list of things I am grateful for:

  1. Grateful to God – This will hopefully always top my list – any age any circumstance
  2. Love – The ability to love and recognize , respect and appreciate love
  3. Food – It’s incredibly significant. Eating to live in a sane and healthy way is a blessing
  4. Family – The rock support you know you always have no matter what
  5. Health – I could perform better here, but nevertheless I am happy with what I have
  6. Home – A shelter and roof is utmost important for security and protection. Ask what the homeless feel.
  7. Money – The means to most tangible and intangible things in the world
  8. Up-bringing – The value system and experiential learning that was provided to us during our formative years has played such a crucial role in what I am today , and I feel proud of it.
  9. Education – Many desire , but only a few are able to get educated. I am grateful towards my education because I know I can always rely on it
  10. Attitude – When the going gets tough, the tough get going

I feel happy and content when I go over the list. It seems God has actualy given a full plate to a lot of us, it’s just how we prefer to see the glass half filled with water.