Board of Directors Meeting October 2016

Posted on 20. Oct, 2016 by in Board of Directors Meetings, Uncategorized

October 10, 2016 at 6 pm
Directors Present: Cindy, Leslie, Rebecca, Katie, Carole, Karen

ACR is looking at improvements.

ACR will be expanding the Center’s open hours on Fridays. In addition, the board is exploring the potential impacts of hiring an Executive Director, and the board welcomed Karen Miller as board secretary.

Upcoming Activities and Events.

Carole will be participating in Austin Resource Recovery’s [Re]Verse Pitch Competition on October 13. In this social innovation program, Carole will be pitching those fabulous fabric sample books as a valuable raw material to businesses. Innovation prizes will be awarded at the end of the competition.

ACR was recently awarded a grant from the City of Austin to host a variety of artist-led workshops. More details to follow.



Welcome New Austin Creative Staff!

Posted on 29. Sep, 2016 by in History of ACR

Please join us in welcoming our next set of employees.  Barb Paris has joined us as an AM Shift Lead and Casey Douglas, Michael Balot and Susan Bussard have joined us as Clerks.  Their enthusiasm for Austin Creative Reuse’s mission, knowledge about crafting/art, patience and positive disposition reflect the values of Austin Creative Reuse.

Barb Paris

Barb Paris

” Hi ! I am a mother a teacher and an artist. I taught art  k-12 in public schools for 10 years and currently have my own after school program in Round Rock. I am the co-founder of Marmalade skies , an art studio in Austin TX, and helped to start the children’s museums in New Braunfels and San Antonio.  I was born in NYC raised in NEW Jersey and moved to Austin  20 years ago. My artwork is eclectic and is mostly large scale multi media  paintings.  Many of my large paintings are done on old used doors.”




Casey Douglas

Casey Douglas is a student, environmentalist, and freelance model in Austin, TX. She was a member of Girl Scouts for twelve years and made her fair share of arts and crafts projects growing up. She was constantly surprised by how the troop leader, her mom, would come up with creative projects by reusing and repurposing all kinds of materials. Teaching for AmeriCorps this past Spring reminded her how much she missed serving the community, and she is very excited to be working with another non-profit in town that focuses on creativity and sustainability. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, creating succulent gardens, and dancing.


Michael Balot

Michael Balot

” Hello! My name is Michael Balot, and I’m ecstatic to join the ACR team. I moved to Austin two years ago after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I get my kicks in my free time via disc jockeying, boxing, baking, environmental advocacy, and treasure diving.”


Susan Bussard

Susan Bussard


Colors are the
building blocks I use
to express myself.

Even their names
bring thoughts,
ideas and
surprising combinations
to mind.

They inspire me.

I enjoy a variety of
materials, textures
and processes:

Weaving paper
spinning angora
Koolaid dyeing
knitting…with anything
Cowboy boot making

If I can create beautiful things
and at the same time help make the Earth
a thriving place for future generations,
I am happy.

Why does Austin Creative Reuse have brand new markers? and what is Neuland?

Posted on 28. Sep, 2016 by in Material Donation, Materials in Action, What Can I Do With...


Guest post by Emily Jane Steinberg (


Just over a year ago, in August 2015, Austin Creative Reuse received a windfall addition to its inventory – an extensive collection of Neuland markers and supplies. Since then, the rainbow array has garnered delight, curiosity and surprise. Just what are these specialty markers for, where did they come from, and why do they cost more than many of the other donated supplies that find their way to the aisles of ACR? These are excellent questions – read on to find the answers.


In fact, it’s thanks to their inventor and producer, Guido Neuland himself, that ARC ended up with these markers at all. They are the overstock from a conference of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners. While the Neuland booth was selling these markers and supplies at top dollar to professional graphic recorders from around the world, Guido donated the remaining stock (all in mint condition) to ACR – making Austin one of the only places outside of Germany to have its own one-stop shop for Neuland products.

As one of the handful of local graphic recorders attending the IFVP conference last year, I was thrilled when I found this out, and I’ve lost count of the number of trips I’ve made to ACR to add to my collection.

emily_graphic_facilitationNeulands are one of only two marker varieties in the world specifically designed for graphic recording – which, if you don’t know, is drawing on huge sheets of paper, hung vertically on walls, during interactive events. Graphic recorders and graphic facilitators do this to enhance meetings, workshops, presentations, classes and more. We make conversations visible, capturing the threads, themes and emerging stories of the discussions, in words and pictures, in REAL TIME.


graphic-facilitationThat said, the markers work just as well when you don’t have an audience watching you draw! Other folks who rely on these markers include teachers, coaches, advisors, visualizers, managers, and students. In other words, you!

The fact that Neulands are designed for professionals means they are built to last, no matter whose hands they end up in. As Neuland says, they are much more than just a thick pen. Each Neuland marker is designed for a variety of line widths and shapes (with bullet, chisel, and brush tips available). They are all refillable, and when you finally wear out your nib, it is replaceable (ink and nibs available from In the spirit of ARC, these markers aren’t meant to ever be used up or thrown away – so draw on!

Gearing up for the fall, ARC has updated its inventory and display, and still has a supply of brand new, top notch Neuland markers left in stock. So on your next trip to ACR, why not add some more color to your rainbow?

Welcome to our 2016 Fall Intern

Posted on 30. Aug, 2016 by in History of ACR, Volunteer

Please welcome our Fall Intern, Pooja Panda! We are excited to have her working with on Marketing and Public Relations projects for this year.

pooja1Pooja Panda is currently a Senior finishing her degree in Public Relations from the Stan Richards School with a Business Foundations certificate focused on MIS from the McCombs School of Business. She enjoys to use her creative and analytical skills to come up with solutions for a project. She enjoys painting, writing, hiking, and hanging out with her family and friends. She also loves to cook and come up with unique recipes.








Insert your name here, board member of Austin Creative Reuse

Posted on 29. Aug, 2016 by in Board of Directors Meetings, Volunteer


Board members are the guys in suit with lots of money, right?  Well no, this is not your father’s board.  Our board is full of creative, strong, smart individuals who want to support reuse in Austin.  Our members include a retired elementary teacher, a new mom, a graduate student, a project manager, an accountant, and a former girl scout troop leader.

We collaborate to help shape the future of the organization, especially as our center grows!

As a board member you would join us for monthly board meetings and have some projects to work on.  You would also be an advocate for our organization and help spread the word about our center and our events.

I never thought I would be on a board of directors but I love it and I am proud to be a part of this organization.  Being a part of a board allows me to contribute to an organization I am passionate about at a more serious level.  It is very rewarding to work together with our great board and promote reuse in Austin.

The experience of being on a board is truly unique and fulfilling in a different way than work or family is.  I encourage you to consider joining our board and complete an application today!   ~ Michele


ACR’s 2015 Annual Report

Posted on 26. Jul, 2016 by in Board of Directors Meetings, History of ACR

2015 was a huge year for us, as we achieved our big goal of opening Austin’s first creative reuse center! Our just-released Annual Report celebrates this and our other big accomplishments. Thank you all for your help making it possible!

5 ways to beat the Dog Day Blues while Austin Creative Reuse is closed

Posted on 20. Jul, 2016 by in Uncategorized


Need a reason to stay out of the 100+ temps?  Already miss combing through treasures at ACR?

Here’s 5 ways to beat the “Hotter than Hades” summertime blues while Austin Creative Reuse is closed:

  1. Stay inside and spend some time paring down your craft and office supplies.  ACR would be thrilled for the donations, your storage areas will be under control, and you won’t have to break a sweat.  It’s a win/win/win actually.
  2. If you do venture out, let it be for a good cause – start a neighborhood school supplies drive to help ACR  get ready for back to school.

Suggested items are: Construction paper, art paper, glue sticks and bottles, boxes of crayons, markers, pens, pencils, rulers, markers, hi-lighters, pens, pencils, erasers, scissors, packaged notebook paper, composition and spiral notebooks.


You can contact to coordinate a drop-off time at the center from 7/20 to 8/2, or drop off when we reopen Wed. Aug. 3rd from 10 – 2pm.

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3. Mark your calendar to come shop at ACR’s Back-to-School Tax-Free Days on Thursday, August 4th from 10 – 8 pm and Saturday, August 6th, from 10 – 3 pm. This is not just a back to school sale- Everything in the center will be tax free! We love you that much.


4. While ACR is on hiatus, grab some inspiration for future projects. You can find volumes of creative reuse ideas on our Pinterest Page . And if that’s not enough, here’s some great repurpose/upcycle blogs to check  out.  Pretty sure bet, we’ll have supplies on hand for your next great project.


cute bundles of craft fabric with endless possibilities!

cute bundles of craft fabric with endless possibilities!

5.   Now’s a great time to think about becoming involved with Austin Creative Reuse – Read how to volunteer or join a committee.

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Don’t have time right now? You can still help our center grow by making a financial donation – Austin Creative Reuse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We will put your money to good (re)use!

Fabric Samples

Posted on 18. Jul, 2016 by in Uncategorized

ACR has an impressive array of fabric samples right now. We have got all sorts of colors, in a variety of textures and cuts. The best part is that they are priced fairly and are affordable enough to upcycle.

Thought the center will be closed till July 30th, it doesn’t mean that you can’t begin to put together ideas and other needed materials for new exciting crafts!

Here are some ideas we can put on our list involving fabric samples that make for exciting group activities and gifts!

For The Family

  1. Mini Messenger Bag

This style has been incredibly popular for young kids (and who are we kidding, for all ages and genders!) and works as a handy way for parents to store snacks, money and their phone when they are out at a family reunion, a campout or a vacation!

2. Grab n Go Reuseable Snack Bags

These are perfect for kids who get dropped off for daycare, day camps and at extracurricular events because it is portable and light! This little bag can hold a few carrots or peanut butter crackers, making your kid not only less grumpy but healthy and full throughout the day.

For You

3. DIY Pendant Necklace

Make some time for you!!!! You are so important and you are allowed to be kind to yourself—that’s not selfish, that is generous. What better way than to spend some time alone and create something for your self?

4. Custom Camera Slipcover

Another way to commit to some self love is making a handy camera slipcover for yourself!

For Your Home and Others

5. Vintage Wrapped Frame

If you have some free time on your hands, then make these beautiful frames for yourself and for your friends! It will be a sweet hand made thought out gift that you can make and customize as your heart desires.

6. Switchplate Covers

Another idea for your home! This can also be a cute housewarming gift, baby shower offering or bridal shower present—it all depends on what you decide to do with it!

Remember that ACR is closed up until July 30th, but please feel free to look over these ideas, create a list, and check out our store starting August 1st!

Lots of love. x

Kodak Slide Carousel Crafting

Posted on 07. Jul, 2016 by in Uncategorized

We got an influx of these beautiful Kodak Carousels in our center a few days ago.



They are not used as much today as they used to be a few years ago, but that doesn’t mean we can’t repurpose them for daily essentials!

Some cool ideas for these slides are as follows:

Here we have three different methods to repurpose a slide carousel, from a plant vase to a stationery holder for your desk!

A really super easy way to repurpose these sliders is by glueing clocks onto the carousel like this:

You can even buy a few, spray paint them and hang it up in the entertainment room as a nod to film, television shows, and the history of cinema!

Or use them as frames for pictures of your loved ones!

The carousel itself is a great vessel for holding various supplies, from business cards….

….to sewing supplies!

I hope these ideas give you some inspiration to come into our store for Kodak Carousels! They are just bursting with all kinds of creative potentials!

Love and light. x

Welcome Austin Creative Reuse’s first employees!

Posted on 29. Jun, 2016 by in History of ACR

Please join us in welcoming our first employees.  Jen Mack has joined us as a PM Shift Lead and Caroline Caswell as a PM Clerk.  Both will be at the center for Tuesday night planned activities and weekday evening hours.  Their enthusiasm for Austin Creative Reuse’s mission, knowledge about crafting/art, patience and positive disposition reflect the values of Austin Creative Reuse.

“I’m a mother, a gardener and a Texas transplant originally from the northeast.  I love helping my kids learn about the environment and spending time outside.  I am an amateur crafter and enjoy knitting, repurposing, cooking and sewing.” Jen Mack





“Hello! I am very excited to be apart of the ACR Team. The people and objects that come through ACR are like hidden gems that cater to my odd niche needs. I create communal spaces of tenderness and sharing through serving tea, making plant medicine, tending to wild and weedy gardens, and creating artwork.”  Caroline Caswell