Friday, March 5, 2010

Frugal Papercrafting

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably have felt the effects of the down economy this past year. And if you scrapbook, make cards or other papercrafts, you KNOW what an expensive hobby it can be! It can be overwhelming to walk into a craft store on a budget and try to walk out with everything you need for your project without breaking that budget.
Here is a recipe for a 12x12 twenty page scrapbook album that is so gorgeous, no one will believe you only spent $20!!
"Claire"* 12x12 Paper Pad (24pgs) $9.99
"Claire"* Designer Brads $3.99
"Claire"* Diecut Designs $2.99
5 sheets Gray Cardstock $1.25
5 sheets Cream Cardstock $1.25
1 sheet Chocolate Cardstock $0.25
TOTAL $19.72
Now I'm assuming that you already own adhesive, a paper trimmer, and archival pens, so their cost isn't figured in to the above supplies, but you will need them to make this project!
Buying supplies that are specifically created to coordinate will save you time and money. How often have you come home from the craft store with what you thought were the perfect red rhinestones, only to discover that they are three shades different from your cardstock? When you buy products from the same line, you are guaranteed they will compliment each other.
The trick to using only the above supplies to create the following beautiful twenty pages is to cut frugally and SAVE your scraps! I essentially used every square inch of each piece of paper by the time I was finished.
Take a look at the slide show below; all twenty pages created for ONLY $20!

*"Claire" is one of SEI's current paper lines. If you are interested in purchasing the products depicted or any other SEI products, please let me know!
~ Liz