Scrapbooking can be an expensive hobby, but it doesn't have to be! You just have to get a little creative about finding ways to reuse the supplies that you have. One of my favorite ways to repurpose my supplies is to use the "frames" left over from punchouts. Here's an example and a few ideas of how to use them:
I love punch outs, especially from My Mind's Eye. They come in great shapes and are so versatile! After you have punched out the cardstock embellishment, you can use the empty space left as a mask for spraying or painting a background on a layout or card. You can also trace the shape onto paper and cut it out to make your own custom shape or banner. That's what I did with this card. I traced the banner from the bottom of the punchout, cut it out, stamped the Happy Halloween sentiment, and assembled the rest of the card. I kept it pretty simple for now, but will probably add to it.
Hope I've inspired you to take a new look at the "trash" that's left behind after you've used a product.