During the last few years, scrapbooking has become an expensive hobby for many. But for the thrifty, frequent sales mean a vast array of beautiful paper can now be had for just a few cents per sheet. With a little creativity and a few dollar store or flea market frames, these papers can be turned into beautiful and unique home decor. Use papers to create the work of art; an exacto knife and a ruler will also turn them into cheap mats. Either way, you'll be proud of how beautifully and inexpensively you've decorated your home. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
You don't have to be limited to poems and quotes. When I was stumped for artwork to match the Italian floral linens in our bedroom, I finally printed the Italian words for "love", "hope", "joy", "passion", "laughter", and "faith" in a beautiful script on a Venetian leaf-patterned paper. The results looked professional and cost just pennies. Other options might be a family tree for the living room, an heirloom recipe for the kitchen, or song lyrics for a child's bedroom.
If you don't trust yourself to cut or tear, check with your local school or regional education center. You can often get permission to use their letter/shape presses if you let them know you'll be bringing your own paper. These "Ellison" presses stamp out die-cut shapes for you. There are tons of shapes available, many of which will form the basis of beautiful collages.
Even a collection of small items can be mounted on patterned cardstock and displayed in a shadowbox frame. Fishing lures are fun in an outdoorsy room. Old-fashioned sewing items, unique buttons, and tiny Christmas ornaments are just a few more options. To make the collection look truly professional, type labels for each item and print out on a contrasting paper. Cut out carefully and mount.
The possibilities are truly endless. Just use your imagination...and a little bit of paper!
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