Scrapbooking can be an expensive hobby, especially if you’re the kind of person who likes to go all out; purchasing all of the new gadgets and having a collection of ink pens with every color in the rainbow, as well as all of the ones in between. However, while it’s nice to be up on all of the most recent scrapbooking trends, there are many ways to indulge in your hobby while still saving money for more important things – like bills. One way to do so is to use old photo holiday cards for scrapbooking paper, rather than purchasing a book of paper. Here are a few clever ways to put some old cards to good use.
-Many colorful holiday cards have decorative covers that contain a variety of objects and picturesque scenes. Get out a pair of scissors and start cutting these out. It’s best to clip out only those items that are shown in their entirety and that aren’t altered to appear faded or fuzzy. Once you have a collection, use them in place of stickers, attaching them to your pages with flat tape, or raised adhesive pieces.
-Use many of your larger cards as frames to put around pictures or add some decoration to the corners of your sheets. You can disguise many Christmas cards this way, as only a fraction of the actual picture is being used.
-Use stencils to cut out letters from old cards and keep them for later uses. This is also another good way to disguise Christmas cards and use them for your scrapbooking all year round.
-Save your favorite handwritten letters by including them in your scrapbook albums. Attach the top corners of the letter on your page and spread the paper out so it can be read in its entirety. Remember not to paste the entire sheet down in case there is additional writing on the other side of the letter. If you still have the envelope, consider leaving the letter inside and pasting the envelope to your page.
-Many of the holiday cards you have received over the year
s have a holiday quote or greeting inside them. While this page is often discarded, a great way to use it is to cut out the printed text with styled scissors and arrange it on your scrapbook page.
-Find instructions for how to make paper flowers and, using pieces from many different cards, make a few small bouquets to use for homemade cards and albums.