Milissa had these great ideas for stretching your dollar further with scrapbook items.
She says "Before I toss those little bits of papers that I think are too small for my scrap bin, I decide if I want to make an embellishment cluster from them. If I love the paper enough for a "yes" then I pull out my punches, see what all goes together and voila! I keep a little jar close at hand of all the little punches in there for those clusters that don't get made at once. If it gets to be too overwhelming, I just bring my jar and a few other tidbits like stickers or filmstrip, whatever I have laying around, into the living room with me and make clusters while I watch TV with the family."
Here's her clusters