Monday, June 22, 2009

How to make a kit stretch!

Hi, it's Brook here with a little scrapbooking idea for you with the beautiful June kit. :)

I love being frugal, but I have a hard time cutting back on my scrapbooking goodies... so the one thing I try to do with my kits every month is make them stretch! I love to see how many pages I can get out of each one... it's a fun challenge. And now, with the economy the way it is and money being tighter than usual, I feel like I'm making a good choice by not being wasteful with my scrapbooking supplies.

Here are a few tips based on one of my layouts on how to make the June kit stretch for you.

Split up the Prima Bonnet Blooms:
I love how this package of 2 flowers can be turned into 6. And, you can even take off the pearly buttons and beads in the center for even more. Just trim the thread on the back of the flower and pull apart. Be careful if you want the beads to stay in place in the center, the threads attach them. To keep them in place, I just applied glue under the buttons & beads before trimming the thread. This layout is an example of how I pulled apart a flower to use the leather part and the circle tulle part. I trimmed the leather part with scissors to make it look more like a flower shape and I used the tulle circle behind one of the prima flowers and jenni bowlin buttons.

Cut shapes from patterned papers to use as embellishments.
Now, I know this isn't a NEW idea, but it really works with the June kit. I used one of the flowers from the Cosmo Cricket patterned paper as a 3D embellishment in the center of my leather flower. The trick is folding the paper where the petals meet and in the center of each petal. This makes the plain cut-out just pop off the page.

Use product packaging as a template.
The Jenni Bowlin chipboard buttons (in the add-on) were in such a cool bracket/scroll shaped package. So, I used the cardboard package to trace out a custom diecut shape from my red cardstock. It was the perfect size for a title and journaling and it was FREE.

Use scraps of ribbon & stitching.
I save ribbons from everything... and the organic cotton one on this page was wrapped around a quilt I bought at target. I just pulled it from my stash and attached it to the page with a tiny glue dot on each end... then I permanently affixed it using homespun-esque stitches in red DMC floss. Thread is super cheap and nothing fills a page like some handstitching. And pulling found objects and ribbons from your own stash will help make your kit stretch!

How do YOU make your kit stretch? Have any ideas to share? Post them in the comments!


sarah_n June 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM  

Awesome ideas Brook, thanks for sharing!! For me, I love using circle and square punches to use scraps in a "clean" way. I love doodle too!

Aphra June 23, 2009 at 6:10 PM  

Great ideas, Brooke. Love the twill with stitching! I stretch kits by cutting out the center of the background piece of cardstock or patterned paper that will be covered up by another piece of paper.

Jenny June 23, 2009 at 7:11 PM  

love the up close look of your layout and all the neat ideas!tfs, Brook!

Candace June 24, 2009 at 6:30 PM  

Like Aphra said, I cut out the center of anything that is going to be covered up. For instance, in my latest layout I layered 3 sheets of PP and cardstock with only a narrow margin around the sides. That was a lot of paper to waste so I cut out the centers and made cards with it! :)

Estee June 26, 2009 at 10:29 AM  

Brook - This is a great post! I love the tips that you shared!!

Michelle June 27, 2009 at 1:11 PM  

Love the tips, Brook. I, too like Aphra, cut out the center of the paper when I am layering. I have added all the extra butttons that come with clothing I have bought and added to my scrap stuff. A cleaning job I just finished, they moved out and new people are moving in soon. Doing their big clean, I found a crocheted heart in the cabinets - into my scrap stash that went! :)

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