From Trash to Treasure_Upcycling Shoe Box Packaging


recycled plastic bags into journal pockets

Don’t you just get so excited when you buy something and get a bonus gift…the packaging?  I recently got a new pair of sandals and I was stoked with the plastics and tissue papers that came with it.  I immediately thought of making some journal pockets, doing some decoupage, and simply getting creative with all the boxed content.

I love to recycle things and add them to my crafts.   That is exactly what I did.

I first gathered some scrapbook papers, embellishments, glue, scissors, paper trimmer, and my sewing machine.




Book of Plays Journal Pages Kit

The scrapbook papers I used in this project were from multiple digital sources.  The first one was from the Multimedia Crafts Digital Etsy shop called, “Book of Plays Journal Pages kit.” The other ones were from two different FREEBIE kits from the Multimedia Crafts Digital Facebook page called, “At the Opera“, and “Eerie Tales“, and the last one was from the Multimedia Crafts Digital blog here called, “Journal Notebook Pages“.

Watch the entire process from the video below.

This project turned out to be very fun.  The pocket turned into a mini policy envelope with a wrap-around-ribbon closure.  I added some tags, stamped papers, vintage library cards, vintage ledger paper and more.  I accented the envelope on the inside with a fussy cut out tuck spot.


I made sure that all the edges of each paper included with the envelope were distressed with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress oxide ink.   I finally added a file folder made with the various scrapbook papers mentioned from the digital kits above.  I did some stamping using various Tim Holtz stamps.  I also included two altered playing cards I purchased from, “The Sweets by Thelisha“.

Using the recycled plastic to make the four pockets inside the policy envelope turned out just as I originally envisioned it.  So when you buy new things, learn to think outside or even inside “the box” if you need to.  You never know what treasure you can turn your trash into.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!










1 thought on “From Trash to Treasure_Upcycling Shoe Box Packaging

  1. Thelisha – Hi, My name is Thelisha and I'm here to bring baking and crafting together. To show you that just because you're creative in one area, doesn't mean you can't be creative in the other. I teach you to baking cakes, cookies, and other sweets, as well as show you how to turn them into edible masterpieces. I can also give you a few tips and tricks on how to begin your crafting journey and have fun doing so. Things to know about me: MBA with a Specialization in Project Management Cookie and cake decorator at The Sweets by Mother of 5...6 if you count my fur baby Experience as an auto mechanic
    Thelisha on said:

    Yes ma’am. My last two journals were from packaging. A Sam’s Club box and a cereal box. This project is really nice. You have so much freedom in your flow.