Friday, October 25, 2013

Sweetie Pie, Oh So Sweet--Frugal Friday with Prima

So I took upon a challenge to create for the Prima Frugal Friday post. Its not that I shy away from frugal. On the contrary, I wish I would spend less money on a layout. However I have a small addiction to Prima flowers and I believe I share this addiction with many friends on bloggy land!!

So when I signed up for frugal friday, I was sure I wouldn't be able to spend $5 dollars or less unless I made a card or a tag. However I took the challenge seriously and miraculously not only did I spend less than $5 dollars, I also wrote down some tips on how to be more frugal when creating layouts.

This is my layout using the Anna Marie collection. I've added a step by step tutorial so you can see I was truly frugal. I can't believe it myself as this layout looks more expensive than it is. LOL!!

Here are some close-ups and below are the products and their cost.

846336- Anna Marie Collection: Calico
846305- Anna Marie Collection: Anna Marie
846329- Anna Marie Collection: Sewing basket
846299- Anna Marie Collection: Eloise
570033- Anna Marie Collection: Chipboard
563035- Anna Marie Collection: tickets
569921- Wood Icons: Birds and Butterflies
563882- Wood Icons: Leaves and flowers
571528- Le Mia- cotton candy flowers
562984- Sunrise Sunset Canvas Alphabet stickers
960445- Finnabair mask

other products: Golden Light Molding paste, cheese cloth

1 Sheet of Anna Marie Calico paper= $ 0.80
Scraps of paper from the Anna Marie Collection= $ 0.70 (includes Calico, Anna Marie, Eloise and Sewing basket)
1 Anna Marie ticket= $ 0.10
Chipboard title from Anna Marie collection= $ 0.30
2 Sunrise Sunset Letters= $ 0.02
8 Wood Icons= $1.33
6 Le Mia flowers= $ 1.67

for a total of: $4.92

Frugal Tips:
(How to make a layout look expensive yet be frugal in cost)

1. Save your scraps. As you can see, I used lots of scraps from the Anna Marie Collection to build this layout.

2. Buy reusable items like masks and stamps. I used the circled mask here to create an interesting background.

3. Fussy cut elements from your pages to use as layers on your layouts. I fussy cut some flowers and frames to create more layers and volume on this layout.

4. Buy products that contain numerous items like the wood icons or small flowers, that way you can use them over and over again. I used my wood icons and flowers here and I still have so many to spare for another project.

5. Use your packaging. I often use my Prima packaging to create layers in my layout.

6. Create lots of layers on your project. Use foam tape to raise your layers to create depth.

Well, that's all for today!! thanks for coming and visiting me on my blog as I conquer the Frugal challenge!!
Are you up for the challenge?

Have a wonderful day!!


li-bee-ti said...

Awesome! it really looks much more expensive. WTG for being so frugal. Thanks for all the tips.

Shona said...

beautiful Keren :)

Vicky Alberto said...

so pretty!!!

Lizzy Hill said...

Well, I think u should be more frugal more often!!!! LOOOVE......& I'm glad you like to errrrr 'share' ur flower addiction, too:):):)

Lynnda said...

Gorgeous layout! Loving the sweet colors too!! I love this to bits!! This is my new fave of yours ... Hugs x

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is soooooooo gorgeous!! I love love love the colors, the flowers and that circle background you created!!!!!

Heather Jacob said...

stunning work Keren x

Eila Sandberg said...

Frugal is not what would be associate with my scrappy style either, but this looks absolutely amazing Keren! nobody would guess its actual cost. Beautiful beautiful work! and well done! xoxo

Unknown said...

Wonderful page cool work with the mask.

Val-Belle said...

I really like this layout but then I am a less is more kind of a girl. Looks anything but frugal to me... I love it.

juscrap said...

Wonderful layout Keren! Love this page1 xx

Unknown said...

Great job on this, Keren! I would not have guessed that this layout cost less than five dollars. Wonderful work!


Sandi Clarkson said...

Well you fooled me! I would never have guessed this was a frugal page This page is so seriously cute! Great job. Keren!

Lizzyc said...

This looks wonderful and definitely is not missing anything.. just goes to show it is not about putting as much product on a page as possible.. cute photo and love the papers too! and great tips too to help us all in our scrapping!

butterfly said...

This is an absolute delight, Keren - I'm enchanted by the colour combination and those wonderful textured bubbles - glorious!
Alison xx

Lee-Anne said...

It looks elegant and expensive and you totally rocked it. Thanks for the inspiration.

Ella Swan said...

So sweet & yes there are ways we can scrap without it costing a fortune per page!