April 8, 2010

$$Frugal Friday Tip$$

Clothing Optional by Joni

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Now, using fabric on a layout is really nothing new. But here's how I got really frugal about it!

Every couple months, one of the local churches has a rummage sale and it's "all you can fit in a grocery bag" for $7.00.

So not only do I do a little second hand shopping, but I'm always on the lookout for things I can use on layouts or altered items.

So a few months ago, I found a ladies white T-shirt (size Small...needless to say, I'm NOT a size small) and what caught my eye was the tag on the arm that said "Parkers Jeans". Well, since my last name is Parker, this went directly into my bag. When I got home, I realized the neck tag and also the tag along the inner seam (at the waist) was also useable -- yea, 3 tags!!. So, cut them off and into my "bin".

So, the sale was again last weekend, I picked up a really pretty shirt for my husband....who is 6'5'', so getting shirts that are long enough is challenging. After he tried it on, and it was too short....he accused me of only buying it becuse of the cool buttons. (Brown with Palm Trees). GUILTY as charged. I was hoping it fit him, but plan B wasn't so bad, right? Anyway, I had the shirt in my scrap area and cut off the buttons (yep, into the bin) and the shirt was in my trash can.

I had started a layout of my son and realized a piece of that shirt would be perfect, denim color/look but more lightweight, so I pulled it out and started cutting it up. Well, I realized I liked it so much, that I wanted the entire background to be the shirt fabric. So, I cut out the center back of the shirt a little larger than 12x12, laid it out flat, without stretching it, and glued it to a piece of chipboard. Then I also attached the corners with brads to keep it secure. I even used another strip of the shirt and pleated it and sewed it along the right edge (sewing also further adhered the fabric). Notice I also used that "Parkers Jeans" tags right on the pictures??

So, I figured out how much stuff I get in one $7.00 bag and each item ends up being less than 50 cents (most times, it's more like 33 cents). So this layout cost me around one dollar. Now, if you don't have a church rummage sale, you could also get good bargains at yard sales and thrift stores...or even in your own closet or check your kids clothes before you give them away!!

Journaling reads: It's not just denim, it's cowboy denim. It's not just jeans, it's Parker's jeans.

We challenge you to try this frugal tip. What is lurking out there just waiting for you to use it on a scrappy project? We'd love to post any examples you may create. Just send a picture along with a short description to Scrappinpsycho@live.com .

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  1. Great Title! I didn't realize this background was material instead of paper, Look fantastic!! Love your great buys and how you use them all. Thanks for sharing. I did a layout once using a back pocket off my hubbys pants that the EMT cutoff him when he was in a mototrcycle accident. I am going to take a picture of it and send it to Kathy.

  2. OMGoodness, this is so stinkin clever! I love the tags on the layout! Also love that you used part of the shirt as the beginning of your layout! Way to recycle!!!

  3. Joni, this layout is beautiful. I love how you recycled the fabric and the gathering of the jean material on the side, oh, and that red border at the bottom is awesome.

  4. very cute Joni and great tips!! I love how you used the shirt material for the entire background

  5. Great layout. I love that you used the fabric as a background!

  6. What a great idea. And how cool is that that you found the Parker Jeans label! Ya just never know what your going to find!

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Joni rocked it ... again.. I love this and I will be the frist to tell you... it is even cuter in real life.. the photos do not do justice to the textures..

    Great work my friend...


  8. Great layout! Everything works so well together and those are some great finds! My daughters and I often shop the free box at rummage sales for hidden treasures. Cute buttons are a common find.

  9. Thought I commented but I guess I didn't. Love the way this turned out! What a great way to recycle clothes. I like how you pleated the piece along the side! Thanks for sharing this great tip!