Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Scrapbook paper equals cheap art

Reason number 254 as to why a person like me (read: not a scrapbooker) should always have an assortment on hand anyway, especially when one got it on clearance.  Even if one did not really know what one was going to do with it when one bought it....

My upstairs bathroom has yet to be addressed on the ol' blog here.  Mostly because it was "done" when we moved in, and we didn't do much but paint it.  I always felt like it wasn't really us with the white vanity and counter top, but we weren't changing what wasn't broken.  To just slap something up on the wall, i found a pack of white ikea frames and some boring floral artwork.  I'm not really a floral person, but, it was the right color, and it was cheap.  This actually makes me upset-how many times do we settle because of this? 

Since i wasn't hugely happy with it, i always seem to be on the lookout for something else for this bathroom, something to make it more us.  I'm in a constant state of tweaking, and i'm not alone, right?  After looking on etsy for small prints and greeting cards, i went to my scrapbook stash to see if there was something a little different there.  The scrapbook stash had already proved helpful on previous occasions:



The bathroom has greens and browns, and i didn't want floral.  But then i saw this paper that was a much more funky floral, reminiscent even of something tribal, definitely something one would purposefully buy for framing.




Just slightly different from each other, yet definitely the look of a set.  One piece of paper snipped in two different pieces. Total cost: 0 dollars.  Satisfaction over interesting and cheap solution:  Hugeness.  So yes, this was the right color, and it was cheap-but this time it doesn't feel like settling.  I think i may even be done tweaking this space!

Do you have a collection of scrapbook paper for no real reason?  Have you ever used it for a different than usual purpose? 




35 comments:

Lauren said...

This is my favorite form of cheap art! This or printing pictures from the internet and framing them! Ha!

Jill said...

Your framed paper looks great! Not too florally either!

I have stashes of all sorts of craftable material, but strangely enough no scrapbooking paper! Anything paper like gets half-inched by the kids pretty quickly. Actually come to think of it, maybe teaching them to sew wasn't the best idea - now I might have to lock up my fabric stash......

Infatuated with Homes and Gardens said...

What a novel idea, really inventive:)

Lisa said...

Those are pretty! I like them!

I also have random scrapbook paper and I don't scrapbook. I keep it from projects in the past and then I can go back and use the scraps. I think some of them are from as long ago as 1999!

Emily and Jaime at Everyday Art said...

Love that! I love the pattern on the paper. I once went to a fancy-schmancy boutique shop where they had used spray adhesive to put scrapbook paper on canvases--brilliant. :) Good job.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What an excellent way to get fantastic art! The designs are so varied on scrapbook paper and yes I buy some cause I love the design and don't know what I will do with it. This is amazing and looks fabulous!

Maggie said...

I've done a few frames using basic grey, their papers are so fabulous all you want to do is frame them.

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Rosie said...

Oh, that's awesome! Very chic. And you sure can't beat the price.

Debbie Mendes said...

I couldn't agree more! I can't count how many times I simple piece of paper saved the decorating day!!! xoxo Debbie @ Inspired Honey Bee

Chandeen said...

I thought I was the only one who had scrapbooking paper but didn't scrapbook. I love that you framed it, it looks great. I'm always stalking the scrapbook isle for new art too.

laxsupermom said...

I love using scrapbooking paper(wrapping paper, too) for all sorts of things that have nothing to do with scrapbooking. The papers are just so pretty!

Your "new" artwork looks great with your wall color. Thanks for sharing.

Jill said...

We're so thinking on the same lines! I love the two in the white frames. I've been wanting to do something very similar for my entry way. I see things like that for sale for $15+ bucks each and think, that could totally be done with scrapbooking paper!

Nicole Carpenter said...

I can't tell you how many pieces of art in my house are from scrap paper. I think may be addicted:)

Thank yo for stopping by my blog earlier:) Keep in touch!

Jennifer said...

Funky floral? LOVE IT! I keep oodles of craft paper on hand for the same reason! =)

xoxo
jenn

Life in Rehab said...

There's always a reason to have scrap booking paper- I used some in an odd way today. And yours make perfect works of art!

charm home said...

I love that artwork and framing scrapbook paper is such an easy and cheap project. I'm going to have to keep that one in mind.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

It looks great! I'm not much of a scrapbooker, but I always have lots of paper on hand for projects around the home. =)

Oonafey said...

They look great! I would never think the just frame some paper, but they look amazingly "art-like". Very cool.

Thrifty Chic said...

I have never bought scrap book paper, because a scrap booker im not, but after your post if I find some for cheap I definitly will pick it up!

AmieAnn said...

These are awesome! Love the colors and the simplicity and especially the price tag! Hope you will share them with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/02/pink-hippo-party-17.html

Kara said...

haha, I don't scrapbook either!! Too little patience! I do love it as art though, way to think outside of the box!

VintageWhimsy said...

I totally scored a bunch of old wallpaper books that they were throwing away at Sherwin Williams... I framed a bunch for my house in thrift store frames because art can be so expensive. It's an amazing thing!

Katie @ EyeSpyDIY said...

Love cheap art! Especially when it looks as good as yours does!!!

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TexNan said...

Your scrapbook art looks awesome! I'm not a scrapbooker either, but I love the paper. Here's a link for a button shadowbox I made using scrapbook paper as the backing:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/49435199/vintage-button-shadowbox?utm_source=CraftCult&utm_medium=api&utm_campaign=api

And yet another:
http://www.etsy.com/transaction/44024041

Turned out pretty darn cool, if I do say so myself.

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

I love the look of your "cheap" art! fantastic job
gail

jenn @livegreenlovemuch said...

Love the art! As a fellow Cape Codder I will be back to see what's new!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

That's really cute! What a good idea :) Love those frames

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Carmie of the Single Nester said...

You did a great job! What did you do just free form all of the art?

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

There is so much gorgeous scrapbook paper out there. Even though I do scrap, I use it for everything. Your art turned out great!

Megan said...

love this idea. there are so many pretty scrapbook papers, why not frame it?

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

Lauren @ YoungNester said...

I couldn't agree more: scrapbook paper and mod podge are where it's at! I would love for you to link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link party!

I love your blog, I'm a new follower :)

muralimanohar said...

Love scrapbook paper for just this reason! I mean, not like I actually scrapbook, lol! :D

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

What fun scrapbook paper. Love it. I am thinking of making an "art" wall in my family room with scrapbook paper. There's such a variety these days. You must have a great paper stash.

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

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xoxokara

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