I can't promise you that EVERY Friday will be frugal, but I will certainly try. My goal for 2011 is to use up stuff instead of spending a ton buying new all the time.
Of course, this doesn't mean I'm not going to buy new stuff.
How can I promise that?
It just means that in the event that it doesn't HAVE to be new stuff, then it won't be.
So here we go! I like to give out a small gift item of some kind to my club members. I have a scrapbooking club and a card club with a cumulative total of 18, so you can see that gift-giving could get rather expensive every month. Therefore, instead of buying gifts to give out, I like to create things myself. Or at least find something inexpensive and doll it up a little more so it becomes a nice gift.
In this case, it was these cute little black frames from Michael's that were $2 each...
These went to the six girls in my Cards & More Club. That's only $12 and they loved them! Each one was personalized with a monogram stamp.
Here's how the frame comes. I added some paper, pink ribbon, a pink flower and big black brad, all from my stash. The clear sheet of plastic is from a Sizzix package. (I always save those because there's so much you can do with them). In this case, I popped out the thin cheapie plastic in the frame and replaced it with a piece of this plastic which was much thicker, more clear, and more durable.
I used my Baroque Alphabet stamps to create the monograms, stamping with black ink onto Blush cardstock. Then with my Spellbinders lacy square die, I made a nice frame from black cardstock to go behind the monogram.
Super easy, inexpensive, and lovely!