When my husband and I first got married, I was off work due to tendinitis issues and we had very little money. I had a few crafting supplies and so I was making cards for friends instead of purchasing them. I could only use what I had.
Growing up with parents who are very earth friendly has influenced my environmentally friendly tendencies, and I love to recycle and make something from unwanted items. I found a few friends willing to donate items, so I started there. I have slowly been able to add to my arsenal of techniques and tools, which has improved the look of my labors immensely.
I know that each card I create has a story attached, which somehow gives it more value and meaning.