This Girl Scout album is a coaster album that I designed to make with a troop this week. I got coasters (square and round) at a Michael's clearance for $.40 a pack (of six), the 12"x12" paper pack from Big Lots for $1.00 (yes, only a $1.00!) and a large packet of jeweled felt flowers for $1.40 in Hobby Lobby's clearance. I pre-cut the papers (they were all 4" x 4" with rounded edges) and added some unused ribbons that matched from my stash. All the girls needed to do was coordinate, paste and add the die-cuts and tags that came with the paper pack. The whole project for a group of four girls was under $4.00.
The second mini album I finished today. It is a new baby album that will be given as a gift. It was made from a $1.00 album that I got in the dollar bin at Joann's and a $1.00 paper pack that I got at Big Lots. The paper pack was 8-1/2" x 11" and gave me enough paper for the album and 5 additional cards. I used just a handful of other supplies (brads, felt flowers, multicolor floss, white buttons, super thin ribbon, and a couple stickers) but the rest was created with the tags and papers from this paper pack:
And this was the finished album. I don't think it looks like I spent under $5 for the project!
Keep in mind that you can take a unloved (or unused) paper pad and create something wonderful without a lot of extra supplies and embellishments. And the next step? Give your love away to someone when you are finished!