Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Simple Creations

I have had several ask in this current economy "how do you stretch the products you already have"? Whether you are making items for yourself, swaps or gifts you don't have to use your entire stash on every project.
Here's a 6" tag for a Boy's layout, very simple. Left over CTMH cardstocks, brads, stamps (one shirt says "Boys"), inks and a few markers or pencil colors. The receiver can now add lines to journal, journal without lines, or even a small photo. They can punch a hole up tog and add string, wire or something they have if they choose.

Old playing cards are wonderful to alter even without a lot of layers. I used blank cards stamped, colored, chalk, a little glitter, then cut 1 flower into 4 parts --that covers 4 cards, instead of using the entire flower on each card. This card is reversible in case someone likes one side more than the other. You can take Stazon and cover a regular playing card and simply emboss if you don't want a lot of layered paper.

Remember the hand hole punches we all seem to have? I know so many have gone to the cricut and other that we forget how a simple hand punch can add a little depth or dimension to a project. Again very simple topper, embossed and punched out stars. When it's on a layout the cardstock or papers will show through the stars. Then when you pick your project, if you want to add ribbon, buttons or whatever you can.

Take an old coaster and alter it or use a blank one. This one is stamped, chalked a little glitter and again some left over papers. (Remember I am not a photographer- ha ha ). If you don't celebrate Halloween you can pick any theme.
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