Use project leftovers. Everything on this layout is made with leftovers from other projects. I pulled really thin cardboard from one of my Studio Calico kits out of my recycle bin to use for the strip piecing. The letters are one of a few remaining chipboard letters in the pack. The paper I used to make the strip and the letters were from an older Studio Calico Kit (August 2011) named Boardwalk.
Make more and plan ahead. When I work on a piecing project like making chevrons or a quilted background, I tend to over cut the number of strips I truly need. I always get multiple projects made with all of the pieces and recycle what is left. An example of this is when I use pieces to make a quilted background for a layout. I use the remaining pieces to make a few cards. In the end, I have gotten a few projects made and only recycling a few bits of paper. Happily, none of the projects look entirely the same.
Love to purge. I am a big fan of purging supplies, as well as recycling and donating what I know I won’t use. I am usually pretty ruthless and only keep what I absolutely love. While the supplies from this are from an older kit, you probably wouldn’t notice. My advice: keep what you love and recycle what you don’t, then you will always love what you make.
Supplies: paper scraps, chipboard letter scraps, gray cardstock (Bazzill), recycled super thin cardboard, date stamp (Studio Calico), ink (Chalk Cat-Eye, Chestnut Roan), sewing machine (Brother xl6000i), gray thread (Guterman), guillotine cutter (Tonic Studios), Xyron 5 Creative Station, Glue Dots, one photo. Layout is 12 x 12″.