Monday, September 22, 2008

Starting a new blog and tip #1

Ok, I finally did it. I started a blog. We'll see how far this goes. What I really want to do with this blog is to share strategies and tips for scrapbooking prudently (i.e. cost effectively, carefully, etc.) and still have beautiful pages to be proud of.

Here's my first tip: Have a scraps binder with page protectors for each color. Put any piece bigger than 2 fingers inside the appropriate page protector. (Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Black, Brown, White, Metallic)

$ = old 3 ring binder, page protectors, labeled with a permanent marker.
$$ = new 3-ring view binder, pretty page slid in the view sleeve that says "scraps" (decorate yourself with your great skills), page protectors, dividers or tabs
$$$ = expandable file with 11 tabbed sections

As you can see, I used the cheapest method -- page protectors with a permanent marker.

No matter which method you choose, make sure you USE IT! Save the scraps, but also go to them when you need to fill a small section or need inspiration for a new page. When paper piecing, or punching shapes, you'll save yourself money by checking your scraps first!

Here's a quick and easy card, made completely from scraps:

Now you try it!


Jenn said...

Great tip! I think frugal ideas are pretty popular right now. And the scraps card is great! I always feel invigorated to make one entirely from scraps.

Jenn J

Donna said...

Your blog is great, I just listened to the crayola song,great song! Your scrap idea is a nice one and you can always find cheap binders. Thanks.