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For a while now we have really enjoyed all kinds of paper crafting, but are dismayed by how much it all costs…. so when we discovered the Worcestershire Resource Exchange it was like all our Christmasses had come at once! (http://www.wre.uk.com/)

‘Worcestershire Resource Exchange is a ‘scrapstore’ which collects clean and safe waste from a range of local industries and businesses, diverting it from landfill. This ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of low cost reclaimed material is then made available to members as a creative resource for projects.’

A couple of weeks ago we spotted this great post from US site, ‘How Does She?’  http://www.howdoesshe.com/super-cute-and-thrifty-menu-planner-and-gift-idea

One of January ideas to save money is to plan our meals on a weekly basis and this seemed a great way to stylishly get organised.

A trip to the Worcestershire Resource  Exchange was in order!  We bought a plastic covering from a roll to protect the table, paints, brushes, craft paper and paint.  Rummaging through one of the boxes there we discovered some picture frames too – just what was neeeded! All for a few pounds….

Pretty papers

So we painted the frames

Painting the frames

While they were drying (we gave them several coats) we designed the menu planner and printed it on vellum (10p per sheet, again from the Resource Exchange) so that the beautiful papers would show through.

Using a craft punch we cut some flowers in contrasting papers and put the whole lot together in the frames when they were dry.

Super Thrifty Menu Planner

We bought some dry wipe pens (£1 for 5 in Poundland) and after we planned the menu we could write on the glass!

Ta-dah! Finished!

We LOVE the finished result and we LOVED the time we spent together making them!  A huge thank you to all the fab companies that donate to the Worcestershire Scrapstore, all the fab people that work there and to Nicolette for her great idea.

 

 

 

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About weheartcards

http://www.etsy.com/shop/weheartcards Esther Warner started designing cards several years ago, then in 2003 she returned to University as a mature student, completing an IT degree. Since then she has developed her passion for paper and creativity by computerised card-making. In the corporate world she was awarded ‘Worcestershire Businesswoman of the Year’ in 2005 Esther says, “When was little I loved getting post. The excitement of getting a letter or something delivered to my door when it WASN’T my birthday or Christmas was really exciting. Wondering who had sent it and what it could be…. The anticipation of opening the envelope to discover what was inside was thrilling! ” In later years Esther was very homesick at boarding school and the daily post distribution became the most exciting part of the day. Each card from we♥cards is filled with love and made for the recipient personally, Esther hopes that they convey the excitement she felt when she was small and received a letter from her Grandma!
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