Username Post: 101 Budget-Friendly Ideas
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What are some of your budget-friendly, frugal & or most creative ways in which you scrap?

Please list ideas, suggestions, sources & or examples, (if any & or as they apply!)

Thanks In Advance!

*101 Budget-Friendly Ideas*

1. Use more solids vs. patterned papers

2. Create your own unique paper (using inks, paints, mists, etc.)

3. Create your own bling.

4. Create your own flourishes.

5. Trace, print or color your own doodles.

6. Use $1 Store flowers.

7. Use cardboard as chipboard.

Trace pre-made chipboard onto cardstock, cereal boxes or plain chipboards, then cut it out with your Cutterbee scissors. It works great if you don't have enough alphas to make a title or specific styles that you only have 1 of and are thinking of re-using again. Next project would be to scan them and put them into GSD files so that you can resize them and cut them with your Cricut or Silhouette.

8. Recycle childrens board books as chipboard books.

9. Make your own gluedots. Use Aleene's Repositionable Glue. Just put a small dab on the leftover backing from stickers or labels (the non-stick part) and let them dry. Then, cover with another non-stick sheet. You can also reuse the roll when you are done. Works great!

10. Ink, paint, color your brads, buttons & bling.

11. Free wallpaper books from paint stores. The designs, especially the borders, are great to use for LOs.

12. 'Paint chip' sample/swatch cards from Lowe's & Home Depot.

13. Use screendoor material to ink, stencil or paint.

14. Use washers, grommets & door hinges from the hardware store/hardware dept.

15. Use bottlecaps & coke tabs.

16. Use old postcards, maps, postage stamps, medallions, keys & old coins.

17. Use seaglass, seashells, rocks, sand & sandpaper.

18. Buy pp in stacks when they are on sale. You get so much more paper in stacks for the price, especially when on sale!

Tip - Even one better, whenever purchasing paper stacks, try and enlist 1 or 2 other scrappers. That way, not only can you purchase even more stacks/by dividing them up evenly...but that way you also won't end up with so many doubles or triples!

19. Use office supplies, such as staples, bulldog clips, paperclips, etc.

20. Use hatpins or quilter's pins.

21. Use q-tips, cottonballs, makeup wedges, etc. as dabbers.

22. Use make-up brushes.

23. Use nail files for distressing.

24. Use the edge of your scissors for distressing.

25. Burn the edges of your paper.

26. Use birds, feathers, plastic leaves, vines & branches.

27. Use bubblewrap, tp rolls, plastic bottles, etc. for stamping & inking.

28. Use bleach on your LO's.

29. Use teabags to stain or dye paper.

30. Cut & reuse the ribbon from pretty giftbags.

31. Reuse old buttons, buckles, zippers, labels & patches from children's clothing.

32. Make handmade paper from scraps that would otherwise hit the trash. Just toss em' in a blender with a lil water, roll out onto cheese cloth, and let dry.

33. Use a hair straightener in place of a heat gun for embossing.

34. Use a rolling pin or paster maker in place of a Cuttlebug with the embossing folders.

35. Make your own patterned paper with plain cardstock and stamps.

36. Use your computer for digital stamping.

37. Buy a Cricut and SCAL and create your own embellishments.

38. Use the negative space on popdots.

39. Make your own flowers.

40. Stamp, embellish & or cut out your own shapes & letters!

41. Use puzzle pieces.

42. Use playing cards, bingo chips & game board pieces on your projects & LO's.

43. Use old jewelry, gems & brooches.

44. Use plaster's mesh tape as either a mask to paint on cardstock or lay strips on wax paper. Paint whatever color you like. Let dry. Then peel off wax paper and use on your LO. Looks really good on masculine and /or halloween Los.

45. Buy old children's books at a secondhand store...Some of the graphics are wonderful for vintage pages. Colorcopy on your home printer if you don't want to use the original. Found a 1967 nursery rhyme book today for a dollar!

46. Don't throw out that old encyclopedia (who needs it now with the Internet at your finger tips!) Punch scallop circles out of the printed pages. Stain with ink or teabags. Layer five with a brad in the center. Ruffle the layers in toward the center...They make gorgeous flowers!

47. Watch for clothing tags next time you are clothes shopping. There are some really great ones, especially on jeans!

48. Use parts from an old clock.

49. Make your alpha letters go further by combining the styles vs. sticking to 1 font!

50. Cut or turn numbers & letters upside-down & or sideways to replace missing characters.

51. Buy off season or last year's clearance! Always, always check the clearance aisles or dollar bins!!

52. When layering paper, cut out the center and use it for the mats, flowers, die cuts, etc.

If you only need a short piece of paper, cut it out of the middle of the 12x12 sheet and then you can still use what's left as a full page border for another lo. On the other side of that, if you just need a page border, cut out the middle and save it for another project.

53. Punch small flowers out of scraps that are too small to save, but still large enough for the punch and keep them for future projects.

54. After you've used your Cricut, take the negative part. Use it as a stencil and ink an image from it. Example, cut out a flower and use the flower negative space and sponge a pink flower, with a green stem and a yellow center (in the flower itself).

55. You can use the negative space on used letter stickers sheets. Cut around the border and stick it on cardstock or pp to match your page. You get double duty from one sheet of letters this way!

56. Use wood-grain contact paper.

57. Use pipecleaners.

58. Use yarn.

59. Use $1 store twine, drywall tape, potato sacks, onion netting, etc.

60. Use sheets of plastic canvas.

61. Use felt.

62. Use swatches of discount material.

63. Use embroidery thread.

64. Use old jars for storing embellies.

65. Shop church thrift stores/resale shops for old lace and fabrics.

66. Use hairbows & hairclips

67. Use small toys.

68. Use sheetmusic, CD inserts, guitar pics, guitar string, etc.

69. Most new clothing that has buttons come with extras. Save them for your LOs.

70. Trade leftovers/scraps with friends. Ask your fellow scrapbook friends to save their bits and pieces for you to use. Especially, those long 12" strips. Good for ones budget, and good for the Earth, too!

71. Go digital! It's all free!

72. Use what you have (cards, giftcards, ticket stubs, business cards, brochures, etc)...LO's don't have to be costly or fancy.

73. Use tea-bag folding & origami pieces.

74. Use quilled pieces.

75. Print your own rub-ons.

76. Make your own stickers.

77. Make your own transparencies.

78. Use Shrinky-Dinks.

79. Make your own masks & templates.

80. Trace, print, color & or cutout fonts, clipart & journaling blocks.

81. Make your own Glimmer Mists, paints, chalks & alcohol inks.

82. Dye your own flowers.

83. Use blank envelopes for extra photos or memorabilia.

84. Use bulk rhinestones sold in a bag, instead of expensive bling-- you just have to add adhesive.

85. Cut adhesive strips & photo tabs in half or even into fourths.

86. Use wire, pins & beads.

87. Use small baby booties, plastic diaperpins, plastic clothespins, etc.

88. Use small sewing pins, zippers, snaps, metal clothespins, measuring tape, etc.

89. Use wooden clothespins, craftsticks, chopsticks, & small, inexpensive wooden craft shapes & cutouts, etc.

90. Reapply glue to your Cricut mat for longer use.

91. Use ribbon remnants.

92. Use thinly-made $1 coasters.

93. Use scraps. Use for punch art, letters, lettering blocks, mats for small photos, collage, mosaics, paperdoll clothes & or diecut machines.

94. Recycle & alter fake credit cards. They can be used as tags, letter or journaling blocks.

95. Recycle & alter sampler CDs that come in the mail. Use for embellishments or ornaments, by altering w/patterned paper, paint, stamps, ribbon, etc.

96. Recycle & alter metal juice can lids.

97. Make your own ghost letters, frames & shapes.

98. Recycle, cut, copy or bind old greeting cards.

99. Make your own photo corners.

100. Alter, journal or stamp on old business cards.

101. Save on adhesive, by using stitching & staples!

(source: KellyCali & the wonderful & creative ladies from the General Scrapbooking Board!)

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