Reduce, reuse & recycle…

Hi, I’m Deana & I feel so honored to have been asked by Andi to be a guest on her blog today!

A little bit about me…
I love creating… & am addicted to scrapbooking. I love fashion… & have too many clothes, handbags & shoes. I love to travel all over the world… but especially to our home-away-from-home in Scottsdale. I love chocolate… & probably should eat less of it. I love to work-out (which is good if you love chocolate)… & am training for my 2nd 1/2 marathon. I love interior design shows… & am forever redecorating our home. But most of all, I love being a MOM to Bryn & a wife to Bob… they are the loves of my life & I’m the happiest girl in the world when the 3 of us are together.

SO… since Andi’s blog is about money, I thought I’d share some ways to SAVE money at scrapbooking. If you’re like me, you’re a kid in a candy store when you walk into places like Archivers. With so many new & exciting products out there, it’s easy to overspend & buy more than you need. Let’s face it… scrapbooking can be a costly hobby. However, the very definition of SCRAPbooking is that you use your scraps! And scrapbooking doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. In fact, when I first began to scrapbook over 10 years ago… you used cardstock, scissors, a pen & a glue stick! 50 years from now, our relatives aren’t going to care what embellishments we used or that we had the latest patterned paper… but only that we took the time to tell the stories & create something memorable with our photos.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use what I have…
  • cardboard from boxes
  • tags from clothing purchases
  • clippings from magazines
  • pages from old books
  • buttons that are included with new pants or jackets
  • paint chips from your local hardware/paint stores
  • the internet

Recently I made a lay-out about the upcoming election. We’ll be out of town on election day, so this was my first time ever voting by absentee ballot. Everything I used for this page was something that I found or already had. I added paint to cardboard to use as the base of my layout. I made a photocopy of the request for the ballot, downloaded photos of the candidates from the internet, used some old flag toothpicks from the 4th of July cupcakes we made, made a couple stitches at the top to help adhere it, as well as a few other old supplies from my stash. It’s nothing fancy, but it will be a reminder some day of the year we were out of town on election day.

Speaking of the internet, there are so many scrapbooking sites & blogs that you can find unending creative inspiration for FREE! Browsing through sites like SIStv,, Scrapping Across The Universe & Scrap Mojo is free unlike buying a subscription to a scrapbooking magazine. Some blogs even encourage “green” scrapbooking… like
Scrap Your Crap & The Art is Found just to name a couple. I have even won free supplies just by reading these blogs, making comments or by submitting my work. The possibilities are endless!

Whether you’re saving your money these days or simply looking for smarter way to spend… you don’t have to totally give up doing what you love. Just be creative… find new ways to use what you already have!

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1 Comment

  1. fkawau
    July 30, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I have been browsing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours Reduce, reuse & recycle…. It is pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be much more useful than ever before.

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