Here in the UK we have what is call 'Pound stores' or 99p stores in which they sell everything very cheaply, and as the name says either £1 or 99p. I guess in the states you have your 'Dollar Tree' and I am sure that most places would have the equivalent.
You can often pick up a range of crafting items, not the best quality, but depending on what you are going to use them for can be quite effective. I recently picked up these bags of all sorts and was attracted by the flower that was in the packet, it had a lot of waste and off cuts that would normally be recycled but some bright spark has realized that if they bag them up someone will buy it.
Anyway, it came with lots of different type of paper, flower off cuts, a bag of beads, foam and as you can see strips of paper.
|measuring out the cardboard|
|Signatures being decorated before stitched|
|paper beads and a simple stitching on the journal|
|Completed page - take a break|