Quick and Easy Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking has never been so easy. If you’ve admired memory albums from afar, but didn’t think you were creative enough to craft elaborate layouts, it’s time to squash your inhibitions. Fortunately, the Internet has made scrapbooking simpler and more accessible than ever before. With the introduction of online scrapbook kits, skill level, income and creativity no longer come into play. Digital kits feature all the design elements, paper and tools necessary to construct a memory book that will be appreciated for decades to come. Contrary to popular belief you don’t have to be a computer geek to complete a digital … Continue reading

Creativity on a Budget

There is a fallacy that scrapbooking is a rich person’s hobby. Interestingly, some of the most amazing layouts I’ve ever laid eyes on were not crafted from expensive materials. Rather, the page designs were pieced together with a few affordable supplies and a lot of creativity. These tough economic times have forced many scrappers to employ money-saving tricks in order to keep their books full. Some have turned to buying in bulk, especially for basic materials, such as cardstock, stickers and patterned paper. However, instead of forking over a ton of money for a large amount of the standard supplies, … Continue reading

Does Budgeting Actually Cost You More Money?

Do you have a budget? Everyone says it is the best way to take control of your spending. Once you have spent your allotted amount for food, or gas, you’re done. Unfortunately it doesn’t always work like that. I read a study recently that said that people who have a budget can spend as much as 50% more than they were planning. This is said to be because budgeting starts in your mind. You are thinking constantly about what you can and cannot spend and that is what causes you to spend more. Many people who say they have a … Continue reading

Thrifty Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is often regarded as an expensive hobby. With so many different products and tools on the market, you could easily drop thousands of dollars to fund a scrapbooking addiction. But, what if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on crafts? Just because you are working on a tight budget, doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on all of the excitement that comes with making elaborate memory albums. In addition to finding scrapbook materials on sale, there are a number of every day items that can be repurposed and added to memory books, including beads, … Continue reading

Ways to Save on Holiday Scrapbooking

Don’t blow your budget buying every seasonal scrapbooking embellishment you lay your eyes on. While the fantastically festive items are tempting to purchase, you can find slews of holiday-themed scrapbooking supplies for practically nothing if you simply take the time to surf the World Wide Web. For example, several websites offer free Christmas fonts for use on holiday layouts. Check out Fonts and Things, The Holiday Spot, Font River, Font Space and 1001 Free Fonts, and then use them to design your own customized Christmas scrapbook paper. You can either repeat a saying or quote in the font of your … Continue reading

Scrapbooking: Scraping By

You’ve unplugged your cable TV, flushed the pool passes down the drain, stopped the gourmet coffee runs, and eliminated the restaurant lunches, but the slumping economy is still threatening to shut down your scrapbooking habit. What do you do? If you don’t have enough money to make weekly trips to the scrapbook supply store to stock up on seasonal embellishments or new tools, then make the most with what you have. Use some of these cheap fixes to stretch your supplies, so you can keep scrapping despite having to deal with financial hardships: Combining Existing Elements: Instead of purchasing package … Continue reading

Budget Binders

Nothing puts the bummer in summer like walking smack into huge back-to-school displays in the middle of July. We’re not even a month into summer vacation and already our local Target, Wal-Mart and Walgreens have rearranged their floor plans to display huge quantities of back-to-school merchandise. While the fresh pencils, paper and folders are hard to look at, there’s no escaping the fact that the sale prices for early shoppers are hard to beat. For instance, if you use 3-ring binders to store scrapbook paper, then now is the time to stock up. I saw plain binders on sale for … Continue reading

Budget Baby Book

Besides vacations and weddings, the most popular theme for scrapbooks is baby. Preserving adorable baby photos, as well as memorabilia, stories and fun facts from the first days of a child’s life is almost irresistible for moms and dads. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can craft a baby scrapbook without breaking the bank. One of the most convenient options is to tap into free printables. These money-saving embellishments allow you to create an eye-popping baby book without draining Junior’s college fund. All you need is Internet access, a computer and a color printer. My daughter’s baby scrapbook … Continue reading

Scrap Scrapbooking

Just when I thought that I had seen it all when it came to unique theme scrapbooks, the owner of my local craft store pulls out another zinger. Her latest creation: a scrapbook made entirely of scrap materials. You have to see it to believe it. The mastermind behind the idea is a professional scrapper who really doesn’t have to worry about budget restraints. However, she put together the incredible memory book to illustrate that scrapbooking doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. This book is the epitome of budget scrapping. We’ve all heard lectures or read articles … Continue reading

A Wallet For Budgeting?

Have you set up a new budget for the New Year? Do you revise your budget as things in your life change? Maybe you think of budget as a four letter word. Budgeting and dieting are a lot alike. A diet restricts food intake and cuts out everything that we think of as fun food. That’s why diets don’t work. A lot of people view budgets in the same way. Everything that is a must-pay is added to the budget and there’s often no room for fun in an effort to get finances in order. How is a budget going … Continue reading