Thursday, January 7, 2010

Recycled Books!

I seem to have a fascination with shops that use recycled materials to create amazing items. So to feed my fascination I have decided to feature these shops every Friday until I run out of shops :) If you happen to be such a shop or know of one - please let me know!! So here we go -

Journals were something I just have never understood. I just can't ever seem to figure out what to write in them. But Forrest Concepts has the coolest ones I've seen to date! Makes me want to buy one :) And they happen to have a sale on right now - ends Sunday Night!!
Journals....$15.00 or 2/$25.00
Journals...$.20.00 or 2/$35.00
If you buy a $10.00 and a $15.00 you will be refunded half of the shipping.
ALSO - all stamped Jewelry is 10% off. All Refunds will be through paypal.

*Where are you from?
Grand Rapids, MI. I have lived here all my life, except for a year, where I traveled to different cities for my job.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am 34 years old. Married to a wonderful woman and we have 2 sons. They are my
joy and inspiration for everything I do.

*How did you decide on your shop name?
My Brother-in-Law was our money man. His middle name is Forrest and since it fit with our "green/recycling" theme, it was an easy choice.

Why did you start your business?
For a simple need to provide for my family. I lost my job due to downsizing and needed to do something. It was an easy choice, to be home with my family and still be able to provide for them. What could be better?

*What got you started in recycling?
A few summers ago, we were at a garage sale and this guy had 3 huge boxes of old books with a free sign on them. Really couldn't pass them up. We had gotten a vintage bookshelf and wanted to fill it up. But we knew that we couldn't keep them all, but were sure what do to with them. One day my wife had bought a journal and it came to me that I could do that with the books that weren't in good shape.

*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
Books, now I can't pass a yard sale or resale shop without going in to find a new one for a journal. The older the better!

*What motivates or inspires you to create?
Knowing that I am helping the universe in my small way.

*Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
The journals, it is fun to be able to flip through those books picking out which chapters are going to be kept.

*Do you have a blog?
Yes, my wife sorta keeps it up.

*What is your favorite shop that uses recycled materials, and/or your favorite blog about recycling?
Mine of course!
I really enjoy . She uses recycled pop tabs.


  1. The winnie the pooh book is so adorable I would get one if I didn't already have tons of journals

    Comment & Follow my blog back?

  2. Thank you so much! Off to let my FB fans know.

  3. I LOVE Forrest Concepts' journals!! She's on the same Etsy team I am on!! I'd be very interested in being part of your Friday Feature! I recycle sweaters, baskets and pages from books! You can see some of my work here:

    Hope to hear from you soon!


  4. Wow...thanks Audrey for the headsup!!

  5. Great Feature Audrey...I love her shop and those Journals are great...I use to keep a journal years ago but don't seem to find time now...Thanks for posting this...

  6. Very cool! I will revisit this shop in the future for sure!

  7. Those are so sweet! I really like the balloon one.

  8. Hey Audrey, I know this is probably the stupidest question ever, but I really can't figure it out - how do you get that little box of code w/your blog button displayed on your blog? I really want to put mine on my blog, but can't figure it out...

  9. I really love your journals and your story. Very inspirational! I can't find your blog though.

  10. fabulous journals!
    ps. I nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger Award, swing by and collect it if you have time!

  11. Great feature! Also, thanks for adding my button here!


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