If you are looking for fun decorating ideas or storage solutions but are on a budget as so many of us are, fear not as I have ideas for you! As a scrapbooker I sometimes feel like I need to have the latest and greatest of all of the patterned paper releases but that just isn’t in the budget. I get a few of my favorites and drool over the rest of them and remind myself that even if I had them I would probably think they are too pretty to cut up anyway! When my budget forces me to get creative I find that there are so many items I already have on hand like maps (free at rest areas!) and paint chips that I can use to create embellishments and journaling cards for my projects. There are so many great ways to recycle all of the paper that enters our homes to create not only embellishments but also decor and storage pieces, below I am sharing 20 of my favorite projects.
Flowers-These blooms are so beautiful you would never know by looking at them that they are created from magazines, egg cartons, and other recyclable materials. Looking through this list I know I already have all of these supplies on hand which makes these blooms budget-friendly as well. For maximum impact create multiples of these upcycled flowers to fill a vase or create a bouquet.
Home Decor-Decorating on a budget? Check out these easy to follow tutorials for decorating ideas that not only use recyclable resources, but can also be created in just an afternoon when the re-decorating bug bites.
Useful Things-A quick shopping trip to your recycling bin will supply almost everything you need to make these creative storage solutions for your home. You will never look at toilet paper rolls in the same way!
What was your last up cycled project?
I started scrapping in 2006 and was quickly addicted!I was an avid scrapper until late summer of 2010 when we started our adoption journey, at that point I was overwhelmed with paperwork (and emotions!) and I had to put something on the back burner in my life but I knew I would eventually come back to it.
We welcomed our daughter home from China in December of 2011 and a few months later I found my groove again and pulled out all of those supplies that had been tucked away.
I started out scrapping again doing traditional layouts, but at the beginning of this year I jumped into Project Life and I love it!
When I’m not scrapping I am usually spending time with our daughters which means library time, going on walks, thrifting (they love it as much as I do!) or watching Kung Fu Panda for the millionth time.I also have an Etsy shop Panda Eight Designs where I sell scrapbooking flair that I design.