I loved to read Carlie's ideas on Scrap Your Scraps blog, because it reminded me what I love about this hobby: being creative and making do with what is at hand!
I wondered if I've already used these ideas before, and yes I did... But I was suprised to see that it was not that often!
Here are some of my projects following Carlie's ideas, and you know what? I really like them! I will definitely do that again...
Alter It To Make It Feel New
On this layout, I colored some "blah" buttons (not really clear but yellowish) with alcohol ink and I doodled a faux-stitching over the letter stickers.
I had these faux-silk flowers that you can upcycle from cheap home-decors, because at this time, real craft paper flowers were just too expensive for my new-to-scrapbooking budget.
I didn't like them, but when I did this layout (inspired by a color palette challenge), they happened to be exactly the right colors, especially when matched with some colored cardstock punchies and buttons! I think it turned great...
Just Use It
My husband offered me these papers (it was before he understood I really really prefered to choose myself anything scrapbooking related!) and I wanted to use them to please him, but... I really didn't like them!
They were thin, girly, with a satured color palette that I didn't like and busy patterns... As I happened to have lots of envelopes (thanks to dollar stores) with this same pale green, I decided to make some cards for a card challenge. I paired the papers with white cardstock and finally, I was really happy with the result!
So I made a matching cards holder, then a notebook, and even a mini album... I used almost all the papers.
Sometimes, there is less pressure to make something great when using stuff you don't care about...
Don't forget to read the full post by Carlie on Scrap Your Scraps blog.