I’m a big fan of using products in creative ways and scrapbooking on a budget. Although I’m currently in a place where I can let my budget be a little larger than it used to be, my “budget crafting” ways will always be my go-to.
The other day I took apart my 12 x 12 patterned paper pads to organize based on color. Most paper pads have an extra strip of paper at the top that is left when a piece of paper is torn out – similar to the branding strip on single pieces of 12 x 12 paper. The strips of my Maggie Holmes Open Book paper pad were all patterned and absolutely beautiful, I couldn’t get myself to throw them away. So instead, I used them on a layout!
The strips were all 12 x 12, but had a hole in the center where the paper pad was hung on the rack. I separated the strips, cut off the little perforated pieces on the one side, and tore them to different lengths.
After the initial prep work, this layout only took about 15 minutes – I layered the strips all down the side of the paper and added a few embellishments from my stash to finish it off.
I’ve used this same technique on store catalogs with pretty images/patterns, journal cards I wasn’t going to use, paper bags from my favorite stores (ahem, Anthro 😍), the possibilities are endless! Don’t let your budget keep you from creating. There are always fun ways to use every last piece of your supplies and take advantage of free everyday items!
If you give this a try, be sure to share a link to your layout below or tag me on Instagram so I can see!