Friday, May 18, 2012

Looking for the non-obvious product uses

I am always on the look out for supplies that can serve many purposes. When I first started scrapping I was always looking for themed embellishments to go on my layouts, but it seemed like enviably I either couldn't find something that I liked or when I'd finally get around to do the layout that I'd forget to use it.

And then one day I had an ephinay ...just limit my supplies to non-themed products that could be used equally well on a wide variety of layouts. That quite possibly was one of the most transformational moments in my scrapbooking approach. (Well, that and the day that I changed my organizational system to be based on ROYGBIV color order.)

So now I am always on the lookout for things that I can use in other ways. One of my favorite ways to repurpose products is to buy Halloween themed products to use on my high school layouts. My high school colors were orange, black, and white so at the end of the halloween season I look for products with universal designs in these colors. Usually I can find some good stuff on sale!

Halloween Divine Twine by Whisker Graphics

Twine is one of those things that work well for this. You can use it like ribbon, tie it in loops to make a flower, or make little poms out of it. So all of you UTHS, Valley, and Ames High moms... How cute would this be tied around jars and hanging decorations for graduation parties and then added to layouts in your seniors scrapbooks? You can win some over on the Whisker Graphics blog!