Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Cheaper Chipboard for Scrapbooking

I like using chipboard on scrapbook pages, but the sets of diecuts always seem expensive. And how can I know, when I'm standing in the store, whether I'll need pieces that are red or green or glittery purple? Then I learned this trick at a (free) scrapbooking workshop: Chipboard can be altered to match whatever you're doing!

I was even happier when I found these sets of chipboard tags at Dollar Tree:

Here's the tag I altered:

(This is actually the reverse side, after I'd altered it, but you get the idea. It's pretty, but these colors didn't match the scrapbook page I was making.)

I traced it onto a piece of cardstock (pattern paper would work, as well) and cut it out. Next time I'll use a hole punch that's a bit smaller. Then I glued it onto the chipboard tag:

Finally, I used an old emery board to smooth and rough up the edges a bit. I wrote a few words on it, added a piece of ribbon and attached it to the page I was making:

I also found a post from Deanne, who used a different technique--painting and adding glitter--to customize chipboard.

Thanks to Laura for telling me about I've never ordered from them, but the prices are terrific!

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  1. You are SO creative!! Too bad you don't live nearby so you could teach me all this stuff! LOL!

  2. LOVE how frugal you are :>) Have you tried Everything there is pretty much a DOLLAR :>)

  3. I love how creative you are. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog.

  4. Thanks for these tips. I love scrapbooking, and one of these days (oh, I hate that line!) I am going to scrapbook my daughter's first year. I will definitely look into your suggestions :)

  5. Wonderful! I'm always open for tips to help feed my habit.

    God Bless,


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