Saturday, March 31, 2012

{DIY} Chipboard Scrapbook Pages

Have you ever made scrapbook pages from scrap? Well, I do. I have never bought pre-made scrapbook albums, EVER. I have only made my own. And what better material to use than plain chipboard. Yep, you read that right. Want to learn how to make your own? Then read on.
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What to watch out for...

I have a lot in mind for what to post here in the future. I am not sure if they're going to be a success, but, what the heck! I'm still going for it.

For sure, more DIY tutorials. Lately, I've been doing a lot of "experimenting" to make my own stuff. Haha! It's fun, though, and definitely easy for anyone to do. The best part, easy on the budget as well.

I am also thinking of doing some freebies, although I still have no idea on what I could make. I don't know how to draw, so digital stamps will be crossed out. Oh well, I am sure I will come up with something. I am thinking of doing collabs with other bloggers for my freebies, so hope goes well. :)

So, that will be all for now. See you on my next tutorial. :)

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Friday, March 16, 2012

{DIY} Carrier Sheets for Craft Robo

Here is my first DIY project that I would be sharing, and hopefully will be followed with more. As long as I have crafts to share, then I guess this will definitely not be the first and last. 

For my first DIY post, I have here a tutorial on how to make your own carrier sheets for the Craft Robo Die-Cutting Machine. Well, you might be wondering why the need to make one when you can just buy one from the craft store and use it straight away. No hassle, no procedures.

Well, unfortunately (for me, at least), I can't afford to buy a single carrier sheet since I am always tight on budget since I have a daughter and would rather spend for her necessities first before stuff for my crafts. So, I always strive to find alternative ways to save my hard-earned money, yet complete my projects. A carrier sheet, if bought here from the Philippines, costs Php 1,500 (that is more or less $40) for just 1 sheet. Well, it's cheaper in the US, costing around $20, and that's for two sheets!

So, now you know why I decide to improvise, instead. And I'd do anything in the name of crafts! Haha! To know how I do these DIY carrier sheets, keep reading.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Projects of 2012: Craft Station

This year, one of the projects I plan to accomplish this year is my own space for my craft station! Yay! I've always wanted a place to make my crafts, so everything is in order and in one place. Right now, my stuff are in separate boxes which I have to take out every now and then, then put them back in place when I am done. That can be really tiring, especially if you are just completing a single scrapbook or card. So, here, I will share what my inspirations and ideas for my planned craft station, as well as some organization ideas that will cost you almost nothing!
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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Show and Tell #2: Iris Folding Art - Heart Shape

Ain't it adorable? Iris folding sure is making a hit on craft projects. And I am starting to get hooked! What's Iris folding, you ask? According to my trusty friend, Google:

Iris folding is a paper craft technique that involves folding strips of colored paper in such a way to form a design. The center of the design forms an iris — a shape reminiscent of the iris diaphragm of a camera lens.

Interested, yet? If you want to learn more on how to do this craft, read on. 
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Show and Tell #1: Exploding Gift Box for Birthday

Hiya guys. This will be the first installment of a series of post I will be calling "Show and Tell." Basically, I show the crafts I recreated or made and maybe tell a little about it. And maybe post a tutorial on how I did it on future posts. But, for now, I'll start with this explosion gift box I made for a cousin's birthday.

Gift boxes are really common when giving out gifts to both family and friends. But, why settle with the boring, plain gift box when you can make a unique one you can call your own, and impress the receiver with the effort you put into it.

What I love about exploding gift boxes is that it combines gift boxes and greeting cards into one. Handmade cards are becoming a trend, and this is another way you can give out a gift by combining both gift and card.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Just Another Thrifty Blog Site?

Yes, it may probably be just another thrifty blog site, so you might be wondering why am I even starting one? Let me tell you why. 

I love crafting, and mostly, I share my works on my Facebook page and other social networking sites. So, this is another way for me to share my works, which I have done at the tightest budget. 

Craft supplies here in the Philippines tend to be *so* expensive. It could be cheap in the US and other countries, but here, they cost way too much for thrifty crafter to afford. The best  and most expensive one I have is a Craft Robo Silhouette Cutter. I have a couple of punches I got for cheap. But other than that, I depend on digital images for my stamps and papers. Even printed cardstocks tend to be too price-y for me, especially since I work online and a single mom, and don't really earn a lot for me to afford them. Same goes with clear stamps. So, I depend on my trusty research skills to find some digital stamps which I use for my scrapbook pages and handmade cards.

Sometimes, I envy other countries having such supplies which does not cost much and wouldn't make a hole out of their pocket to purchase them. But, hey, before those were even invented, crafters were able to make beautiful creations with their trusty hands alone and a couple of basic supplies. So, why can't I? And definitely you could do it, too. 

That's why I created this blog -- to basically just share what I did with my crafts, and hopefully would help you as well. 

So, hopefully, you find some inspiration in my work which I will be sharing here, all of which I will be creating with the supplies I have available. 

Do you share the same thoughts I have? Share them with me. Comment below, I'd love to read them and meet frugal and thrifty crafters like myself. =)

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