We are having a review of our spending habits at the moment, and that means my crafty budget has taken a hit and I am having to be a bit more frugal with my crafting. However, it’s not all doom and gloom as this has opened my eyes to a thrifty way to craft without losing any creativity. Please welcome this week’s #TuesdayTip – free paper downloads.
I saw the fantastic spring themed papercraft projects Maxine shared on her Instgram feed and was surprised to see that the papers she had used were FREE!! Yes FREE!
Three very cute makes with the lovely @trimcraft free papers, pop over to the blog to download yours. Remember to tag @trimcraft in your uploads so that we can see your lovely makes. . . . . . . . . . #freepapers #freedoenloads #spring #springisintheair #springisontheway #papercrafter #crafterofinstagram #makersgonnamake #bunting #party #easter #handmade
Free craft paper downloads are a great way to add to your crafty stash without breaking the bank. On the new Trimcraft web site there is a whole area dedicated to free downloads and this includes papers spanning a huge range of themes including Mother’s Day, Valentine’s (which include the cutest Flamingos with heart shaped bodies), Back to School, Hallowe’en, Autumn and Christmas, as well as the spring papers Maxine used.
Just because these papers are free it does not mean that they are boring or poorly designed. I know that Trimcraft’s free papers are designed by the same team that brings us the wonderful Simply Creative paper pads and exquisite Dovecraft collections. Essentially that means they are the same wonderful quality of design and the patterns and colours in each themed set of papers have been designed to work together beautifully.
I made this very quick card using the spring papers. (See how I made it here: https://www.trimcraft.co.uk/inspiration/free-spring-papers-card)
Free paper downloads are also great for specific themed cards. Recently my Aunt asked me to create a card for her friend who loves knitting and sewing. A simple search for free sewing themed paper downloads and I discovered an amazing collection of papers that were perfect for my card. Coupled with some plain coloured card, a die and a few embellishments, the card was made. I didn’t need to go out and buy a whole pad of papers just to get the one I needed and it took seconds to choose and print a design. I could scale the patterns as I wanted and have the perfect basis for my card.
You can even print your papers double sided! Here’s a card I made using free paper downloads at a recent Hobbycraft demonstration.
You will also find free paper downloads on many of the cardmaking and papercraft magazines as well as in the members area of the Create & Craft TV web site and of course, the downloads section of the Craft Blog by Trimcraft.
I’ve also created a Pinterest board for cards made with free papers which link directly to the site to download the papers: https://uk.pinterest.com/kathy_crafts_TV/trimcraft-free-paper-downloads/