Make Your Own Albums

Tis the season to stock up on memory books.

Right now Kohl’s is having a huge sale on its scrapbooks. What’s more, you can combine the $10 in-store or online savings card with the reduced price in order to score a ton of albums without draining your wallet.

Purchasing empty scrapbooks is one of the costliest parts of the hobby, which is why I try to buy in bulk whenever they are on sale. Still, there are even cheaper ways to get the albums you need to scrap.

A growing trend among avid scrappers is to invest in personal binding machines. While the initial cost may seem a bit steep, the machines pay-off in the long run, especially if you are an advanced scrapbook maker.

One of the benefits of buying a binding machine is that you are able to control the size of your scrapbook. The machine allows you to create mini albums all the way up to coffee table-sized books. That flexibility is hard to put a price tag on.

In addition, you are not limited to just one machine. There is an array of binding machines on the market, which range in price from $60 on the low end to $800 if you want a professional version. However, keep in mind that if you buy a machine, you will also need to purchase the corresponding equipment too.

I’ve had success with coil or comb binding machine. These devices allow you to punch a row of holes through the edge of your scrapbook pages, and then bind the pages together using coiled plastic spines. The advantage of working with this type of machine is that you can choose from dozens of spines that come in an array of different sizes and colors. This variety gives you the opportunity to coordinate nicely with your cover layout. The downside to this type of binding is that it is less durable than higher priced versions and typically works best for thin scrapbooks.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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