Before you head to your local scrapbook shop to load up on materials to design themed layouts, consult your personal computer. In most cases you can save big bucks by surfing the net rather than strolling the aisles of a craft store.
The Internet is teeming with free scrapbook elements, from paper to stickers and just about everything in between. What’s more, the free items can be used in digital projects or they can be printed out and used in traditional scrapbook layouts.
I recently helped a friend of mine craft a baby scrapbook for her newborn son. We ended up making a 36-page memory album for less than five dollars thanks to all of the free printables available online. One of our most amazing finds were printable baby worksheets that can be used in lieu of journaling blocks. The sheets are a breeze to fill-out and help document vital statistics, as well as general thoughts about your baby’s milestones. Since my friend’s baby is less than four months old we printed worksheets that detailed his birth story and name choice. Depending on how much personalization you want to add, you can choose to print complete layouts that only require photos and a few of your own thoughts or you could select generic printables that allow you to add plenty of your own touches.
Another way to save on scrapbooking is to print decorative paper at home. Several websites offer free paper styles for traditional and digital scrapbooks. My friend and I were able to find a slew of baby-themed paper options, including ones covered with teddy bears and another peppered with animated turtles. Other choices include plain paper in rainbow of colors, such as red, blue, yellow or green. Some sites also provide free quotes that you can add to your scrapbook layouts. The printables come in handy if you are having a tough time transferring your thoughts onto paper.