Save on School Scrapping

My daughter’s school colors are red, white and blue. It doesn’t get more patriotic than that. Yet, I didn’t have the wits about me to stock up on the color combo at post-Independence Day scrapbook supply sales. Now that I am knee-deep trying to put together a scrapbook documenting her year as a first grader, I could kick myself for not buying more red, white and blue scrapbook paper and supplies. I could have saved a ton of money shopping in the days following the 4th of July holiday. It pains me to think of the discounted background paper and frames in her school colors I could have scored.

Too bad. Now, I will have to sacrifice in other ways to defray the cost of the book. A friend of mine suggested that I create a digital scrapbook in order to save on supplies. While this is a viable option, digital designs require some computer savvy. On the flipside, I’ve heard that it is much more convenient and faster to put together a digital scrapbook, if you are familiar with the design elements and templates.

When was the last time you added up how much it cost to create a single scrapbook? I attempted to do so with the first grade scrapbook I am making for my daughter. In addition to the leather album, I also purchased paper, stickers, stamps, diecuts, and a few other supplies. Had I gone the digital route I could have saved on scrapbook elements and supplies, such as glue and ink.

Another way I could have saved on this monster memory book is to sketch out my layouts so I knew exactly what supplies to get and not overspend on unnecessary items. Had I done this I could have saved on the paper and the frames.

What are other ways you save on scrapbook layouts?

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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.