For example, I love these charms but I waited for awhile until I (luckily) found them on sale and in a clearance bin! Woohoo! But I am not always lucky....
So I have learned how to improvise. One of my favorite things to do is to go to garage sales, flea markets, etc. and find things that I can "rework" to use on my cards/scrapbook pages.
Here is a look at some recent finds (note: everything pictured below was purchased for $2.50!)
The snowflakes and sun charms were once dangling off of earrings--I simply removed the earring hooks and now have some cool winter/summer embellishments. The middle pieces are beads from a necklace. On the right are two pieces (similar to the ones above) that were clip on earrings. They had a yucky worn pearl center that I removed and I also removed the clips on the other side. The center circles will look great with a build-a-brad or another accent adhered there. I even found some pretty (blingy) rhinestone snaps that will look awesome in the middle of a flower!
Whola!!! From trash to treasure. (Sorry about the dark photo--but you get the idea!)
After I get home, I am sure you will be seeing some of these on a few cards!
Keep your eyes out - you never know when you are gonna find a great "treasure" for your hobby!
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