Each month, I try to bring you an article about cost-saving in your scrapping hobby. Have you ever thought about using office supplies on your LO? Using some items from the office supply store is a great way to embellish your pages while saving a little extra money in the wallet!
Think about your layout - you wouldn't want to use office supplies on a formal page, like a wedding album. Use these supplies on pages that are more informal. Let's think about embellishments: colored paper clips, different size clips - they sometimes have brads! Sure, they aren't the cutsie ones that you'll find in my store, but if you are looking for a basic gold or silver brad, check it out.
How about tags? You can find those little ones with the white string for hanging. Think about how you can 'label' the photo on your layout. Staples - you can attach your journaling block using staples for some added texture to your page. Envelopes - sometimes you can find different sizes, colors & shapes to make an interesting journaling spot on your layout as well. Just remember, these products are not acid-free or archival safe, so you don't want them to touch your photos.
Spend some time browsing the aisles or the clearance section of a local supply store and keep an open mind - you might find an interesting piece to add to your layouts! If you do, share them with us!