Local papermaker puts heart into Newtown memorial

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A Walla Walla papermaker is leaving a lasting impression in a tribute for families in Newtown, Conn.

Holly Nelson, founder of online Etsy business Recycled Ideas, is participating in the Paper Hearts Across America movement.

The project is a grassroots movement designed to raise awareness, discuss prevention and help to heal communities affected by the Sandy Hook school shooting. The goal is to get enough paper hearts sent in from all over the country to stretch from the project’s hometown of Billings, Mont., to Newtown, Conn.

It also happens to be a perfect movement for Nelson, who specializes in plantable paper. Her hand-crafted paper is 100 percent recycled and often used for wedding favors, baby showers, invitations and everyday gift-giving, according to the Recycled Ideas Facebook page. The pieces can be planted directly in the ground for blooms of all kinds. In this case, her specially made paper hearts were embedded with forget-me-not seeds.

Nelson said she was drawn to the Paper Hearts Across America project after being introduced to the Facebook page by a friend from her native Montana. To learn more about the plantable paper, visit recycledideas.etsy.com.

Those who want to cut out a paper heart and write wishes for the families in Newtown, can find a template on the Paper Hearts Across America Facebook page and send them to Broadwater School, 415 Broadwater, Billings, MT 59101.

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