Active Authors Reprint

Stories from Active Authors Reprint

By: Christine Perry

When you think of scrapbooking you usually think of making scrapbook albums. Have you tried using your scrapbooking materials for other projects? These project ideas are great for scrapbooking with kids.

  1. Decorate jars and use them as small storage items in your children’s bedrooms, like marble collections or collectible game cards. Look in your scrapbooking supplies for stickers and rub ons to embellish any size jar. Baby food jars and Mason jars work well for this project.

  2. Make greeting cards when scrapbooking with your children. Nearly any type of scrapbooking material can be used for making cards. Children will love creating their own Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or birthday cards.

By: Annie Deakin

If you want a garden, but think that you do not have the time or energy for all that digging and weeding that it would take to get a garden spot ready, then you should consider a lasagna garden. This method of gardening gives you fluffy rich soil with very little work on your part.

Another name for lasagna gardening is sheet composting. This method is environmentally friendly and best of all, requires that you do little to no digging. You just keep adding your kitchen and yard waste to the garden and compost in place to make the new garden.


By: Denise Loubert

Like many people, I have found myself wanting more control over the quality of what I eat. And so – like many people today, I decided to grow some of the herbs and vegetables that I eat the most. Growing them organically seemed the most logical way to know that what I put into my body is not only tasty, but good for me.

To grow organically however, requires learning what that means, and that is where my education began. Online, there are several definitions of what the word organic means.

The USDA defines it this way – anything that is produced without antibiotics; growth hormones; most conventional pesticides; petroleum based fertilizers or sewage sludge based fertilizers; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Or to put it more simply, food that is grown without artificial fertilizers or pesticides.