Saturday, August 27, 2011

Frugal Finds- Felt Coasters

I love rummaging through my local dollar store looking for fun things to incorporate into my scrapbooking projects. When I began scrapbooking, it was an inexpensive way to build my supplies, and now that I have loads of supplies, it 's a great way to get myself thinking outside the box.

This month's challenge item, felt coasters, were found in the summer section of my local dollar store. I'm sure you could find similar ones in department stores, or party supply stores.

 So how can you incorporate a felt coaster into a scrapbook page? Well the first thing you could do is just cut and use it as a page accent as I did in the layout below. Because these are quite thick, I felt I needed something else with a bit of dimension on my page, so I used a bit of Prima felt, and a foam heart shape.

(Practical Scrapper Erin)

You can get messy and have a bit of fun as I did here, by using the coasters as masks, and misting Glimmer Mist over them onto a light coloured cardstock to make a custom background.
I also changed the colour of some of the felt by also using Glimmer Mist. ( light green to dark green, light pink to darker pink). Feel free to really cut into them to make fun shapes, and vary the scale. ( Yes that's a silly band on the bottom of the page).

( Practical Scrapper Erin)

If misting has you a little worried, you can achieve a sunny background like the one on Kerri's page below using the felt as a stamp. Once she was done stamping with the coasters, she stuck them on her page, and topped them with flowers!

( Practical Scrapper Kerri)
But wait- look at the beautiful cards you can make ( said in my best infomercial sales pitch- lol)

Kerri played up the intricate pattern by using pearl accents, and an embossed background for great dimension and texture.

( Practical Scrapper Kerri)

Christine also created a card - backing her coaster with some Authentique paper from the Blissful line.  The paper subtly pops out without overpowering the coaster as the feature.  She also played up the texture of the card adding in bakers twine and mesh.
(Practical Scrapper Christine)

Have you ever used repurposed anything from the dollar store on a paper crafting project?


gram cheryl said...

I have had those coasters for a couple years because they caught my eye. Now I know what to do with them! Thanks(again) for inspiration!!!!

Clare D. said...

These are fabulous! Thanks for the tip! I will be hitting the dollar stores asap!

Anonymous said...

super cute! love the idea

Jo.C said...

Would be great for using as stencils and spraying with ink etc as an art journalling style. Wish we had them over here. Lovely use :0)

Kristie Maynard said...

What a great idea! I love finding inexpensive things like this to use for crafting. Thanks!

Random Memories said...

Fabulous idea and I love the layouts you created with these "finds"! Thanks for the inspiration. Dollar I come.