Save While You Scrap

I don’t throw away any leftover scrapping material. Given how much I pay for some of my supplies and embellishments, I would be a fool to toss out scraps. Instead, I make like a hibernating animal and hang on to even the tiniest pieces of paper, ribbon and glitter.

In addition, since I am on such a tight budget, I’m constantly looking around the house for every day items I can use to decorate my layouts. For example, I use plain brown paper bags that I get from the grocery store or Wal-Mart (they’re stored under the self check out stands) to make photo mats. I also recycle old twine, ink and paint.

I save money with photos by using editing software. Instead of shooting with special film or spending money to have a professional convert my pictures I just use the color conversion tools that came with my software. I can turn color pictures into black-and-white and sepia masterpieces without spending additional money.

You can save on paper by layering leftovers. For example, consider covering a brightly-colored bold patterned paper with vellum to soften its appearance. You can also sand paper to give it a distressed look. Another idea is to soak the paper in coffee or tea until it stains. Then, thoroughly dry it and use in antique-theme layout.

Finally, forget about buying an expensive box to hold your precious scrapbook paper. Rather, learn how to make your own large scrapbook paper storage box. Simply buy plain storage boxes during a post season back-to-school sale (that’s when they are cheapest) and spray paint them to match your craft room or area. You can even embellish your boxes with stickers, rub-ons, stamps, ribbons, bows, etc. If you are feeling especially frugal, then use leftover paper to harness a frame around your family photo ad add it to the box.

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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.