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, frugal scrappers split the cost between friends, so that each has an equal share of the embellishments without breaking the bank.

Another way to save is to dig deep in the creativity department by making your own scrapbook embellishments. For example, by investing in a die cut machine you can make designs to match any type of layout. What’s more, you are not limited to the types of materials you can use. With a die cut machine you can use chipboard, foam, metal, fabric, or cork to create a variety of designs that meet specific scrapbook needs.

The trick is finding the right machine for your particular needs and budget. When it comes to home die cut machines, most scrappers seek out the Cricut. The popular machine resembles a small computer printer; however, you use a keyboard to design the die cuts. Sizzix Sidekick is another reputable option, though it differs from the Cricut in that you are required to place the die and paper in between two clear cutting mats before using the rotating handle to make the cut. Finally, the QuickKutz Squeeze is a very affordable handheld die cut tool, which uses magnets to hold individual dies in place. You simply squeeze the handles together to make the cut.

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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.