I am a member of several Facebook scrapbooking and journal groups. I love to see the input of fellow lovers of this craft. I love to see their ideas and tips. I also love their process videos that are on YouTube. My favorite groups welcome people to share the links to their videos and blog posts. I have learned that scrapbooking and paper crafting is a huge hobby loved by many people, all over the world.
Another thing I’ve learned is a lot of people love to post videos of “scrapbook hauls” aka pictures of piles of scrapbooking supplies that they buy on discount at scrapbook stores. I have been guilty of doing this a time or two as well, but lately, I’ve noticed another trend.
People are posting their finished projects, apologizing that they aren’t as good as other people’s projects due to lack of supplies, lack of imagination, lack of talent, or whatever. I find this to be so sad. I feel like every effort made to preserve a memory is a beautiful work of art. I can’t change how someone feels about their own personal work, except to leave sweet comments for them on Facebook, so I thought I could help the people who think their work isn’t good enough because they don’t spend hundreds of dollars a month on supplies.
Hence, this post…
While I have been known to ransack a craft store sale, I am a very fiscally anal retentive crafter (aka “thrifty”.) LOL! I will take apart my scraps until I obliterate a piece of paper and there is nothing left. So, I thought I would start posting about ways to recycle scraps into pieces parts that can be turned into awesome embellishments! (Way more awesome than you will find in any kit, or at any craft store)
So, here you go… awhile back I did a Project Life spread wherein I incorporated some typewritten text I had done on my pc (using a free font, I will talk about on another post later) and printed on some vellum. I accidentally printed the text twice leaving me with a huge piece of wasted vellum.
What’s a thrifty crafter to do? I love vellum and the typewritten font was so pretty printed on it. I thought, why not cut phrases out of the vellum and save them for future layouts?
So voila! That is officially my first “Scrapbooking on a Dime Tip.” Cut apart phrases from old work that you don’t need or are going to throw away and save for future layouts. Here’s the other thing also, you never know what kind of brilliant inspiration you will get from these partial phrases. I came up with at least four scrapbook ideas just by cutting this paper apart.
You can also fussy cut wrapping paper, or phrases from magazines and old books. The possibilities are endless.
Be proud of you and your work! Show me your stuff, I’d love to see it!