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