If you too have some frugal scrapping tips then post a comment here.
You may also help me out. ;)
Please note: I have no idea if these tips are acid free. If the tip is acid free I’ll note it beside it.
13. Digi stamps
This one came from Jess
> I search related clipart and then print it our onto a card or paper, cut around the edges and I get a “sticker” or a “diecut” for very cheap (I have a b+w lazer printer, which looks really cool on coloured card, and a colour inkjet printer which is nice on a pale plain coloured paper)
I too use images for digi stamps…. I often do a google search for “colouring in pages” and that is how I found some Sarah Kay and Precious Moments images ready to use as digi stamps…. Don’t forget my digi stamp page here on my blog too…. http://artycrafty.wordpress.com/digital-stampscolouring-in-pages/
12. Stamp cleaner
8oz spray bottle or larger
2 Table spoons Glycerine or Glycerol BP 100% (conditions the stamps)
squirt of Johnson Baby shampoo
top up bottle of distilled water (Pure Dew)
mix and you are done.
my Glycerol was $10.99
baby shampoo $4.70
Now that will lot above will make over a litre at costs me about $17.42 NZ Dollars
stamp cleaner here is about $9 – 15 dollars for an 8 oz bottle on its own.
11. Custom masks
Instead of getting some masks – in the meantime make some of your own out of a die cut machine or hand cut shapes out of acetate and put re-positional adhesive on the back. Wa-la!Your own masks!
10. custom brads (mostly acid free- the glue gun glue I am unsure of.)
custom brad making can be expensive with all the gadgets etc you can get but here is a link to a cheaper version with things you may already have in your stash…
making you own custom brads
9. Colourful gems (acid free if markers are acid free)
Get plain clear gems and colour them in with your sharpie pens! (or other markers)
You no longer have to buy 50 different types of colours! groovy!
Sharpie pens and markers can also be used for colouring in your stamped images etc so they will not just be used for this.
8. Making Your Own Rub Ons
1) Open MS Word…
2) Type your Text your wanting to use… Choose your fonts and
3) LOOK over your page and make sure its exactly what you want.
4) Place in a page protector OR a transparency ON THE SLIDY SIDE…
5) CLICK on PRINT. *DO NOT CLICK OK*
6) CLICK on Properties
7) CLICK on Features
MAKE SURE MIRROR IMAGE IS CHECKED
9) CLICK On OK
10) CLICK OK again to PRINT.
ONCE you have printed your image it should be printed backwards.
FLIP your page upside down where you are wanting your text to go..
Rub it on your page and WA LA! You have an instant RUB ON at NO COST
Thank you Sally!!
7. Glimmer mist alternative.
I have picked up 3 versions of making your own glimmer mist that I’d like to share with you….
My version: (ACID FREE)
- Water mister bottle or mini mister.
- Pearl Ex colour #651 Pearl White (this is the glimmer part)
Others use different colours of Pearl Ex (eg: red in red glimmer mist etc)
- Helmar Acid free glue (the binder that keeps the Pearl Ex from rubbing off)
- re-inker or tube of watercolour paints in desired colours
- Put a tip of a pop stick in the pearl ex powder then put it in your bottle.
- Put a squirt of Helmar Acid free glue in the bottle
- Put a small blob of watercolour paint or re-inker into the mix
- Top up the bottle with water.
Shake to mix every time before you use it. I label my bottles and put a colour referance on them too.
Another version I’ve heard of is:
pearl-ex powder and re-inkers – stampin up! or distress ones – (not sure about the water) – guess you have to have something to fill up the spray bottle. Haven’t tryed it but will when I get some re-inkers.
The following are from The Scrappin Guy website…
Method #1: Made with Perfect Pearls (ACID FREE)
Supplies needed are a Package of Perfect Pearls, Bottles of Re-inker, small spray bottle, popsicle stick and water.
Pick Your favorite color re-inker and add to spray bottle. The more you add the more intense the color, then take popsicle stick and dip out a small amount of perfect pearls on the end and add to the spray bottle. Next add water to fill about a 3rd of the way up. Shake all this up and you have the instant glimmer mist of your choice. Remember you can mix and match re-inkers and different colors of perfect pearls to make your own assortment of glimmer mist products. FYI: I use the small travel size empty hair spray bottles from Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby to mix mine up.
Method # 2: Made with Pearl Ex
Supplies Needed include a package of Pearl Ex, small travel size bottle of hairspray,optional food color.
Take a popsicle stick and dip out a small amount of Pearl Ex and add to travel size hairspray and shake it up. You can add food color or re-inker to make the color change more but they are not needed if you because Pearl-Ex has its own color. You now have your own glimmer mist.
6. Mesh to enhance your embellishments and pages.
I use supermaket netting bags – the type that hold the fruit in – for enhancing embellishments. A great way to recycle and they come in various colours depending on what you fruit/vegies you buy.
5. (Submitted by Sally via email)
Drywall Tape…you know magic mesh? Yeah, same darn thing. 50 yards is $2.97 (USD) at home depot.
Someone actually did call 3M and the stuff is photo safe since they encase the fiberglass. You are kinda limited to white, but hey, when you save like 99%, white is good! You can dye it with an inkpad though.
Its self adheasive! Easily inked. And I go 20 meters for $9.95(NZD) from Placemakers. Stamp on it, die cut it once on cardstock and put it over elements to stick things down then embellish it. Fun!!!
4. (submitted by Sally via Email)
Pop Tabs (or SODA tabs) they make THE best buckles slid over ribbon. You can also emboss them any color you like!
I have done this with Bread tags they work just as well. I don’t drink alot of Canned drinks. ;) So cannot show you an example.
3. (ACID FREE if stickers are acid free)
Don’t throw away the sticker leftovers!
The sticker leftovers or surrounds can be used as stickers themselves. They are great for backgrounds….
click on the above samples to see bigger pictures
Get out those boxes that you have had stuff posted to you in. Or go to the supermaket and ask for a box.
Cut out your own shapes or 12×12 pieces and you have your funky corrugated cardboard!
You can tear the top layer off it to expose the corrugated look and paint it. There are heaps of things you can do with it. Like make your own album covers!!!
Making Oh Scrap logo for 2009
If you have cerial packages or the back of drawing/note pads or old hardbook covers/packaging from other scrap products - then use these for chipboard instead. Cut out your own custom shapes you need and decorate/colour the way you want! They will match everything in your stash because YOU made it!