Thrifty Tip for Today

 Four Cuori Rosso Art Print by Roberta Ricchini

Hi Friends,

I was using a glue stick today while recycling some cards into new and improved cards.  My thrifty tip is an idea that worked great for me.  I had a magazine that I didn’t want anymore.  Rather than use sheet after sheet of paper to do my gluing on, I did my gluing on a page of the magazine.  When I got too much glue on the page, I just turned the page!  It was terrific!  Much less mess and much less stress.  Best of all, I was reusing something and being thrifty!

Use it up, Wear it out, Make it Do, or Do Without!!!!!!!!

God bless and have fun thinking up thrifty ideas.  I’d love to hear from you!


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Writing Cards & Letters

Hi Friends,

Christmas is nearly a month past. 

 Have you finished mailing your thank you notes?  I’ve still a few left to finish. 

Have you responded to those cards and letters you received at Christmas that you would like to answer?

This is a good time to get those notes sent.  It’s also a good time to think about who you’d like to bless with a Valentine message expressing your love or friendship.  They’re not just for sweethearts, you know.

I’ve finished making my Valentine’s cards.  I’m now writing the messages for my friends and loved ones.  They’ll be sent on February 1st. 

If you didn’t send a Christmas or New Year’s letter, why not think about sending a Valentine’s letter?  Any time is a good time to show someone you care.

God bless!


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A Thrifty and Busy Day


I have had a long afternoon and evening away from home.  I joined friends for a scrapbooking/cardmaking crop from about 1:30 p.m. until about 10:00 p.m.  It was very fun.  I love having time to just be creative for long stretches.  It seems that I have an unwinding period before the real creativity kicks in.  Are you like that too?

 Well, here’s how I spent my time. 

First, I completed a crocheted dish cloth that I started earlier this week.

Next, I started working on scrapbook pages for my kids.   I completed twenty-four pages to be devided amoung their books. 

Perhaps I’ve already told you that the big gift for my kids this year was a scrapbook for each of them.  I did this very frugally by using a white three ring binder.  I  inserted  an 8 x 10 photo in the front of each child’s book.   The pages were white cardstock inserted in page protectors.  I had one for each child and one for my mother-in-love.  Tonight I continued making pages to add to their books.  I worked on the year 2000 using extra photos left over from doing my own scrapbook from that year.  My main scrapbooks are done with Creative Memories. 

Last, I made some greeting cards, a total of 17,  most were for Valentine’s Day,  a couple were for Christmas, and a few were just friendship cards. 

So, where does the thrifty come in?

Well, other than the cardstock I bought the other day, I didn’t buy any of the supplies that I used tonight.  They were items that had been given to me,  I borrowed, or that were left over from other projects.  I used scraps, scraps, and more scraps. 

Gee, isn’t that what scrapbooking is all about?  ~smile~ 

I encourage you to look at what you have in your hand and do the best you can with it.  “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”  Good words for hard times.

God bless you all!


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