Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Scrapping on a Shoe String

As I mentioned in my previous post, over at Colorful Creations we had a little discussion on the cost of our pages, since then I have decided to stick to a shoe string budget of $10.  Obviously there will be some purchases I've made prior, such as templates, stamps and packs of brads and I have worked  these in to my budget still keeping it all under the $10 that is Aussie $$$, I'm guessing you would get way more product for that in the USA.

Quite honestly when I look through my pages I don't really ever go over this anyway so it hasn't been  that much of a far stretch to how I would normally create.  Very rarely would I have throw a full packet of Prima's on my page as they would have be one of the most expensive items I can think of, retailing from any where from $6.50 plus.  When I do spend that much on a pack I generally like to make sure I'm going a few uses from it.  So with my little budget I have created the layout and tag below and this card as well.

I used some for the base of the card some acetate packaging which I have cut to size and joined using some of the left of paper.

The front of the card I have used left overs here and die cut three shapes using my Nestabilities and Memory Box dies.  

 Again using Memory Box die and little bit of machine stitching and the letters a from a really old pack of Provo metal letters that have been sitting around for about 5 years.  I have glittered up some of the flower and the Dusty Attic chippie.

Ok I was really scrapping the bottom of the barrel to find these last pieces of scrap finishing off with one of the sentiments in my Maya Roads stamp set, that I purchased ages ago, so glad to finally get some use out of them.  

With a little dusting of glitter and touch of dimensional pearls I was very happy with the end result.  Sorry couldn't get better images to show how sparkly and pretty it all really looks.  I should mention because of the weight of it all I found an old 7Gypsy stretchy toggle [not sure of their real name] and punched two holes on either side of the card and threaded it through so that it will not fall over.  You can see the little toggle part of the bottom left hand side.

Well thanks for looking and thanks also to those that have taken the time out to leave me a comment.  Would love to hear your thoughts on how much you spend on a page.


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  1. WOW Fi... you nailed the challenge!!! sticking with the $10 budget!!!..totally with you..Prima flowers are way too pricey...I love the colors used here... the black ribbon just stands out against the orange... I love that die cuts too... You always create beautiful things which never ceased to inspire me.... hugs...xoxo

  2. Wow Fi this is just absolutely GORGEOUS! Your creations always amaze me...this one is another beauty! Wow!

  3. Fi one big word for this: GORGEOUS!!!!! beautifully executed, love the intense labour going in it, and perfect use of all the scraps!!

  4. Beautiful Fi! Love the acrylic!! I used to do a costing on all of my pages & they averaged out at $10 per page. US. Haven't done one for ages though I'll be honest. I have some very cheap page & some very expensive ones! I reckon it all evens out in the end...

  5. Wow Fi, these projects are really beautiful and I love the fact you've shown us how to do various things for minimal cost.

  6. WOWSERS Fi, so much yumminess happening here. Totally gorgeous. I can't believe you did all this for under $10. Beautiful. Cheers Di xo

  7. Your work is truly amazing Fi! I am always stunned (literally) by the amount of time and detail you put into each and every one of your projects. Great work!

  8. Wow, this is Gorgeous!!! Wonderful work Fi!! Hugs!