Tuesday, September 20, 2011

JustRite Friday Challenge 057: Frugal Friday, Sponsored by Spellbinders!

This week's JustRite challenge is to create an inexpensive/frugal gift idea (anything but a card) using something recycled or reused from around your home. I have been collecting new Spellbinders dies and still had the original packaging laying around so I thought I'd do something with them. My oldest niece just had her first baby and I tought I would make a little brag book with the packaging for her. And after seeing the JustRite/Spellbinders/Want2Scrap blog hop last week I was totally inspired!!

I started out by trimming my Spellbinders packaging to 6 1/2".

The inside of the packaging measures about 4.25" x 6" so the Simple Stories 6x6 Baby Steps paper pad was perfect for this project. After choosing my paper and elements for the front cover, I cut out the top banner using the Spellbinders Ribbon Banners then stamped the title with my JustRite Just Because Mini Sentiments set. I added some Silver Heart Nestabling then cut out the Spellbinders Pennants and stamped the baby's name using my JustRite Brayton Font.

The paper pad had a little tag where you could add the baby's birth info so I used my JustRite Brayton Font and stamped the info onto the tag. A few embellies and some ribbon finished this page off. For the next page, I die cut a medium and a small Spellbinders Scallop Heart then topped them both off with some Silver Scallop Heart Nestabling. I stamped the sentiment from the JustRite 1 5/8" Loving Thoughts Set then cut it out with my Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities and added it to the center of the smaller heart.

The Baby Steps mini pad also had great little numbered tags for each month. The 1 was already there but I thought I'd personalize it by adding his name and the word month with my JustRite Brayton Font. This page was easily finished off with a little border strip from the paper pad. On the next page, I layered some papers then added the little ticket. I stamped the sentiment using a border from my JustRite 2 3/8" Stitched with Love set then created a frame with it by cutting it out with my Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities. A little bling added the finishing touch to my frame.

For his 2 month page, I stamped his info again with the Brayton Font then layered the tag onto some baby blue cardstock and tied it off with some We R Memory Keepers Twine and topped it off with a button. A border across the top was all this page needed. For the next page, I simply added a border strip I trimmed and topped it with a mini bingo card.

Here I used the negative piece from a previous page to create the top border, added the 3 month tag stamped and personalized with my Brayton Font and a bit of bling. The next page, I used another mini bingo card and a small label. Some Silver Heart Nestabling and Pink Labels One Nestabling jazz it up a bit.

And finally my last page. Here I added a little tag then stamped the star border from my JustRite 1 5/8" Just a Note set. I cut the star border into a frame with my Spellbinders Circle Nestabilities then used the inside to stamp the sentiment on. The sentiment is from the Kindness Cling set.

After tucking all the pages inside the packaging I pulled out my Cinch and went to town punching the holes. After binding it I tied the wired off with some ribbons and that was that. The wires will be easy enough to pull apart so Kristian can add her pics and pinch 'em closed again. Now she has a little brag book she can keep in the diaper bag and not worry about the pictures and papers getting messed up! LOVE it!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit the JustRite blog to see all the projects for this week's challenge and stop by Friday to see what the next challenge is!



Marge said...

What a cleverly awesome idea that I'm sure your niece will treasure!!!

Anonymous said...

This is awesome, Katie! A very creative project and one that will surely be appreciated.

Marlena M. said...

BRILLIANT idea...I keep my Spellbinder wraps also! ;)

Sharon Harnist said...

What a unique and fabulous idea, Katie -- wonderful job with the challenge and gorgeous brag book!