Frugality and sustainability often work together. Reducing our consumerism and reusing items can help save money and the planet! Interested? Here are a few ideas I hope you’ll consider! (If you’re new to frugal and green scrapbooking, or looking for easy ways to start, check out my first post about this, here.)
*Use free electronic resources like printables, digi scrapbooking products, free cut files and journaling cards, etc. A bonus of using printables or digital files is that there is no plastic involved in getting the items to you, and they are flat elements which will help your books stay sleek and help your pages remain undamanged. You will need a printer or can send your items to a local print shop. For digital cut files, you can cut them out by hand with scissors or an exacto–but if you already own one or snag an electronic cutter secondhand, there are free SVGs everywhere! Just try a quick search! There are so many freebies out there, here are a few I’ve enjoyed:
*Make your own 3×4 and 4×6 cards. Speaking of that last link (100+ Free Printable Cards!)–you could also just use your stash to make your own. These are easy to do with scraps, stamps, die-cuts, stickers…just cut a scrap to 3×4 or 4×6, gather supplies related to a theme, and start playing! I will often find a cutapart sheet I like and try to make my own version of it, using my supplies, instead of buying the sheet. Yes, it will take longer, but I enjoy that type of creating.
*Save packaging. Re-use to package card candy to give to others, as fronts for shaker cards, or for use in a variety of mixed media techniques. You can also reuse packaging in your art, and if you are worried about acid-free and lignin issues, be sure to use them for cards!
*If you’re a cardmaker, you can re-use any paper as envelopes! Use catalog pages, newspaper, sturdy gift wrap, etc. You can easily do this with an envelope punch board, but there are a ton of envelope-making templates out there! I am planning on saving up a bunch then sitting and making my most commonly used sizes of envies using my punch board sometime. In general, 8 ½” x 8 ½” pieces or bigger should work.
*Make your own embellishments. If you take using your scraps to the next level, you can full-on make your own embellishments. There are SO MANY WAYS to do this, using your scraps, yes, but also using found and repurposed items like clothing tags, buttons, notions, etc., and with or without special tools (many of which can be found secondhand!). Here is one of my Pinterest boards to inspire you to make your own scrapbooking embellishments.