Never Waste Money on Paper Craft Supplies Again

Seven Frugal Crafting Tips

If you are a devoted paper crafter, you will soon discover that it can be an expensive hobby. I love paper crafting and am always looking for ways to economize so I can craft more! Here are some of my favorite tips that may help you save some money on your crafting projects.

Use Coupons

This may seem obvious but using coupons is one of the simplest ways to economize on crafting supplies.You can always find a 40% off coupon for at least one of the major craft supply stores.

Don’t forget to also sign up for coupon text messages when you are at the craft store. Most of the time you will be sent a text immediately with a coupon code which you can immediately use on your purchase.

You don’t have to cut and clip anything. Just show the store clerk your phone with the text message and your discount will be applied

It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Be Organized

Make sure to keep your craft supplies organized. Being organized helps avoid wasting money. You will not end up buying duplicate crafting supplies because you either couldn’t find something or just plain couldn’t remember what you have. Been there done that.

Gift Wrap

Card stock and scrapbook paper are expensive, and a thrifty alternative is gift wrap. If you are not concerned about the archival quality, you should consider this paper. You can buy significant amounts of beautifully printed wrapping paper for much less than you would be spending on scrapbook paper.

I especially like to use the glitter wrapping paper that is sold at Christmas. I have bought rolls of silver, gold, red, blue, green and purple glitter gift wrap. It is so much cheaper than the 12 x 12 glitter sheets sold at the craft store.

Metallic wrapping paper is also a bargain compared with scrapbook paper prices. I love to use the silver and copper metallic wrapping papers which are exceptionally lovely.

You can also reuse gift wrap that is discarded at parties and save even more money. You will be kind to the earth by recycling and also good to your pocketbook.

Junk Mail, Magazines, and Newspapers

Speaking of recycling don’t forget to reuse junk mail, magazines and newspapers in creative ways. You can make some unique paper crafts with bits and pieces of these papers.

Magazines containing thick glossy paper work especially well for decoupage projects.Newspaper crafts are trendy, and junk mail can be made into some charming paper sculptures.

If you don’t know where to start just hop on over to Pinterest and check out all the beautiful paper crafts people have made out of recycled papers for inspiration.

Garage Sales and Thrift Stores

Shop thrift stores, garage sales and yard sales for crafting supplies. You will be astounded by some of the bargains you can find.
Many times people will start a craft and then realize that it wasn’t for them or perhaps they just didn’t have the time or interest.

A friend of mine bought Copic markers at a garage sale that were barely used. He paid $25 for a set of 72 markers that retails for around $250.00. Now that was truly a good deal!

You never know what you will find when shopping second hand.

Recycle Paper Boxes

Cereal boxes and paper cartons make great substitutes for chipboard.
I have cut cereal boxes down to letter size and then cut out shapes on my digital die cutter with great success.

You can also find various thicknesses and widths of cardboard boxes that can be easily adapted to craft projects.

Trade Supplies With Your Friends

Invite your friends over for a craft swap party.  Trade your leftover, excess art supplies with your buddies.Remember one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. It is a win-win situation for everyone, plus an excuse to get together with one another and have some fun.

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Frugal people will find that these seven tips will help them save quite a bit of money when paper crafting

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Five All Time Great Video Tutorials Paper Craft Nerds Will Love

If you are a creative and artistic person, chances are very, very good that you are a visual learner. I am one of those types of individuals! It is so much easier to learn something new when I am watching a demonstration rather than reading a list of step by step instructions.

YouTube is a fantastic source for free paper craft video tutorials. Most of them are marvelous, and some are not. You cannot beat the price however for this amazing collection of tutorials and knowledge! I have included five videos in this article which I think are fascinating and that you will enjoy! Become a better crafter now!

Cardmaking Tips and Tricks

Card makers will enjoy this video! It has several tips and tricks you can use when your projects are not quite working out as you expected! You don’t have to throw away projects fix them instead! Lindsay, the Frugal Crafter, will show you how!

 

 


Beautiful and Easy Gigantic Paper Flowers

Are you planning a wedding, shower or corporate event? Did you have more time than money for your party decorations? Learn how to make these stunning paper flowers that will make your event a night to remember! All you need is cardstock and a glue gun. It doesn’t get any easier or cheaper than that! Gotta love it!


 Anthropology Inspired Dishes

Do you love Anthropology styled home decor? We all do! What we don’t like are the high prices that come with the high style. Mark Montano to the rescue. Mark teaches how to make cute, stylish dishware that not only looks good but is dishwasher safe too! Unbelievable! Check out this fabulous video tutorial and make dishware that your friends will envy!


 History of Crepe Paper and Paper Flower Techniques

 

There’s no denying it when it comes to paper flower crafts Lia Griffith is certainly the queen of the art. Lia teaches the history of crepe paper and goes over some of the basics in this informative video. Make sure to go to Lia’s YouTube channel to view part two. There are many other videos on the channel that paper crafters are guaranteed to love. Awesome!


 How to Make a Beautiful Hanging Paper Lamp!

I have always loved paper lanterns and lights! This Cathedral style hanging paper lamp looks complicated but is quite easy to make! This light would be beautiful as part of your home decor or as a decorative element at your next party! So pretty!

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How to Save Paper When Using a Die Cut Machine

I use my Pazzles Inspiration (which I love) to cut out my craft projects. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get very frustrated when I waste expensive paper cutting the same project over again because the sheet slips on the mat. This usually happens when I use older mats that just aren’t quite as sticky as they once were, but still are good enough to cut on.

I have found that if you attach the paper to the mat with painters tape, the paper will stay put on the mat. You can remove the tape without damage to the mat and ( minimal) damage to the )paper.

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Scrapbook Paper Refrigerator Magnets

I don’t know about you, but it breaks my heart when I spend a lot of money on scrapbook paper and only use a small portion of it. I save all of the bits and pieces knowing that I will use them somehow in the future.

This easy paper craft uses all of those odds and ends you have laying around and turns them into refrigerator magnets. Everyone could use a fridge magnet or two to hang up the precious works of art from our children, important notes, reminders, etc. It starts with wooden shapes.

wooden shapesI found mine at the craft store for the bargain price of 29 cents per piece. You can’t beat that!!

Just trace the wooden shapes with a pencil onto the leftover scrapbook paper. Cut the paper shape out with scissors.Glue the paper onto the wood shape with a glue stick. You can then embellish with different paper shapes, bling, glitter, gems or whatever suits your fancy. After you finished decorating, let everything dry. Once the shapes are dry, glue a magnet onto the back with a hot glue gun. Mom may have to help little ones with this step.

wooden scrapbook magnets

Place your magnets on your refrigerator and admire your craftiness!

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How Many Fonts in a Project

Although there are no absolute rules when using fonts in a design project, it is advisable to use no more than three fonts. More than three causes confusion and a jumbled design mess.

The body of your project should remain consistent, always use the same font throughout. Select a different font for your headlines, and sub headlines.  It’s OK to use bold, italicised, and different font sizes for your headlines.

Your project’s font should always be readable. It is alright to use a script or decorative font for your headlines.  Verdana is good for web copy, and Times New Roman is a readable font that works well with print body copy.

I’ve seen many blogs that use a script font for the body, and not only is it hard on the eyes it presents an unprofessional appearance. Remember, when it comes to design “less is more.”

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five quotes about art

5 Quotes to Keep You Practicing Art

 

By Chris Roberson

 

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali was a Spanish Surrealist painter who lived from 1904 to 1989. If you’ve seen paintings where the world doesn’t quite seem to make sense, and everyone and everything seems twisted and dreamlike, it probably owes some credit to Dali.

He was a prominent figure in the Surrealist scene in the early 20th century. Dali’s style is incredibly distinctive and unique; it’s really easy to look at a painting and know that it’s his. But this quote gets to the heart of something really important about distinctive artists: they learned from imitation!

Dali had to start somewhere, and while in school, that somewhere was Cubism. He fell in love with the style and learned as much as he could from  catalogs, because there were no major Cubist artists in Madrid, where he was studying.

Dali was also a master of Realist techniques, and painted very detailed still lives early on.

But learning how to imitate and mastering other styles gave him the tools he needed to make his unique brand of painting. If you look at his famous works, that Realist technique is very present in the details of his paintings, but you can see the influence of things like Cubism and Dada (an absurdist artistic movement) dictating the way he sees the world. By imitating these other styles in building his technique, he gave himself everything he would need to make his work his own.

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” Michelangelo

Michelangelo is one of the most recognizable artists in the world, and not just because there’s a Ninja Turtle named after him. He painted the beautiful Sistine Chapel ceiling and was an incredible sculptor. But all of his amazing work came with a price, that people tend to forget: practice!

Michelangelo worked hard, everyday, to fine tune his skills, and become the great Renaissance artist we all know today. He knew how important it was to practice, to experiment, and to do and re-do until the his end result seemed effortless.

The author Malcolm Gladwell argues in his book Outliers: The Story of Success that it takes 10,000 hours of practice at a given skill to become a master of it. That it isn’t innate genius that separates out the people who we look up to, but the environment and the time that they put in. Remember when you see something that looks flawless, that there’s only time separating it from you.

Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali

Coming back to Dali, this is another important sentiment; People get scared of perfection. The idea of making something that’s not quite perfect makes lots of artists stop before they ever get going.

Have you ever had a Pinterest fail? One of those moments where you see an example or a finished product and know that what you’ve got doesn’t even look close to what it was “supposed” to be?

Well good! Learning from those mistakes is how you improve, and how you get closer to making something the way that you want it. But I can guarantee you that the person who put up that “perfect” example can look their work over and find something that upsets them about it.

Perfection isn’t possible. We just get a little closer to getting the finished product to look the way we imagined it in our head each time we try, and that’s the important thing to remember

Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” Pablo Picasso

For every person who is suddenly struck with a bolt of inspiration that makes them turn to their work desk or canvas or notebook, there are a hundred more telling themselves that they need to wait for that inspiration before they do anything. The only difference between the first group and the second one is that the people who got inspired and did something about it had probably already planned to go to their workspace that day, and just got a nice surprise.

People get ideas all the time, ones that pop into your head and drop out of it just as quickly. There’s nothing special about that. But if you’re putting in the time to practice, racking up those hours and not worrying about whether things are perfect or not, then every once in a while, one of those ideas will catch you at just the right moment.

It’ll be something brand new, that you’ve built up the foundations to make, and that you can translate from brain to hands because you’ve imitated and practiced similar projects again and again. Lots of people reduce inspiration to waiting for “The right time” and forget that they need to be in “The right place” for that moment to mean anything!

When you fold, the ritual and the act of creation is more important than the final result. When your hands are busy your heart is serene – Akira Yoshizawa

Finally, we have a quote from Akira Yoshizawa, a man considered to be the father of modern origami technique. He pioneered lots of techniques in paper folding, and created lots of unique figures that seemed almost alive. Yoshizawa’s work was foundational for papercraft and origami in the 20th century.

With this quote, he’s stressing the importance of doing. For him, origami is all about the process, rather than the end result. As with the other quotes here, Yoshizawa’s focus is on the act of creation, because to him, that was the most important part of his art. In folding, he can find peace, and the final result is either incidental, or an object that embodies and reminds you of that state of being

So remember, keep making art! Don’t feel discouraged or stop because you don’t feel like you’re where you’re supposed to be. If you keep working at it, and find joy in the act, you’ll completely shock yourself with what you’re capable of!

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How to Convert a Drawing into a SVG File

Do you own a cutting machine and want to convert drawings and pdf files into SVG files? Not a problem! It is possible to convert images for cutting with the open source software called Inkscape. You have to love that! This software is free, and there are many tutorials on YouTube.com which will teach you the process. One of my favorite Youtube tutorials is by Laura Polis. She demonstrates how to convert an image into an SVG file which can be cut on a machine in clear, easy to follow steps. She will show you how to be an SVG pro in no time!

 

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