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Monday, May 16, 2011

Recycle for One-of-a Kind Layouts

I admit it---I am the queen of cheap. When I go to a crafting store, the first place I head toward is the clearance table. But FREE is better, so whether I’m actively aware of it or not, I look at the world with a scrapper’s pair of eyes.

If we go out to lunch together, you may see a tasty sandwich on the menu---I see a border for a vacation layout…and don’t forget those paper napkin rings!

When my family went to German Fest, my dear hubby headed for the BierGarten---I headed to the information booth, where I received a bag of freebies which included a German newspaper. I knew it would make a cool frame for our photos.

Got photos that just don’t seem to work on a page? Use a piece of scenic patterned paper and cut the photos out and make your own collage page, or cut people out of a crowd and circle punch them and spread them around a layout as embellishments.

Take a close look at the following pages. Each one uses something recycled or given away free to frame out a photo or journaling. Postcards, coasters, playbills, and so on... The world is full of unique ways to frame photos, journal your memories and make your pages your own!

Now, how about you show us some of the unique ways you use your "souvenirs" and freebies to scrapbook your memories. Add your link to this post, or comment with your link. I'm always on the lookout for more ways to scrap on a budget!


  1. I'll definitely try this out tonight or this week .. I have some older ones to share and I have some cards I set aside just to use on layouts :) Such fun recycling!!

  2. These are awesome. Luv them. Makes me want to go into my room and us the Coaster i just snagged recently.

  3. i have tried to link this twice with no luck but here is the link


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