Affordable Spring Embellishments

The good news is that there is a seemingly endless supply of spring-themed scrapbook embellishments available in craft stores right now.  The bad news is that many of the gorgeous accessories are quite pricey.  Adding just a few of the eye-popping decorations can easily send the price of a single spring layout into the stratosphere. Fortunately, there are a slew of affordable alternatives to expensive scrapbook embellishments.  For example, rather than purchasing elaborate silk flowers to decorate your spring page designs, consider making your own colorful blossoms at home using inexpensive coffee filters.  All you need are some basket-style paper … Continue reading

DIY Die Cuts

Stroll through your local scrapbooking supply shop and you may die from the cuteness featured on all of the elaborate die cuts available. I am a huge fan of die cuts.  In fact, the adorable embellishments are one of the reasons I got into scrapbooking more than a decade ago.  I love the intricately decorated shapes and the fact that they can be used to spice up more than just a corner of a memory book page.  Die cuts can be displayed on frames, in journaling blocks or strategically placed in page titles. The problem with die cuts is the … Continue reading

Starting New

If you have been taking a break from scrapbooking your life’s adventures, now is the perfect time to get back into the swing of things. The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to dive back into memory book-making, as the fresh start can provide great inspiration for interesting page designs.  What’s more, if you wait until the very end of the month you can often score deals on New Year’s-related scrapbooking materials, such as clock and hourglass-shaped stickers and die cuts. As you prepare to renew your commitment to scrapbooking, consider starting with a simple New Year’s … Continue reading

Making the Most of Leftovers

Tis the season to go through your scrapbooking stash. The holidays are a great time to assess the type and amount of scrapbook materials you have in stock.  The items that you want can be added to your Christmas wish list, while the leftovers can be used to craft end-of-the-year memory books. Taking inventory of your scrapbooking paper, embellishments and albums may sound like a pain, but in the long run it can prove to be a very cost-effective exercise.  In addition, finding ways to repurpose existing materials is a wonderful way to flex your creative muscle. Here are some … Continue reading

Two More Great Ideas For Budget Scrapbook Supplies

Still on a mission, I have constantly been on the lookout lately, for some new things to use on my scrapbook layouts. I am a pretty frugal scrapbooker, as well as being fairly simple. I’ve been working on stepping outside my comfort zone, so finding things that might otherwise get thrown away and can now be used in a new light, creatively, is always a plus. There are dozens of undiscovered items you could probably use in your scrapbooks, you just have to be creative and see outside the box. Look beyond the norm, and you might be surprised at … Continue reading

All New Budget Scrapbooking Supplies

On the quest for new and easy to obtain, budget conscience supplies for scrapbooking, I have found myself being creative and unique. The best part of this, is that my pages are original and really fun to create using these new supplies I’ve discovered along the way. So what are these great ideas? Here are just a few. Pockets Sure, everyone has created a pocket on their page. But have you thought of cutting a pocket out of an old shirt or pair of pants and using it on your scrapbook page? It looks great with the new embroidered tag … Continue reading

Different Uses For Scrapbook Supplies (2)

Most scrapbookers who have been scrapbooking for any length of time, find themselves bombarded with leftover supplies, items that do not reflect who they’ve become as a scrapbooker, and items they will probably never include in an album. But does that render the item useless? No way! There are tons of ways to use these “strays” around your home. In an earlier article, I showed you two ways to use your leftover supplies, but let’s continue to look deeper. Coffee/End Table Have a plain old end table or coffee table that could use some decorating? Try placing scrapbook supplies in … Continue reading

Different Uses For Scrapbook Supplies (1)

What do you do when you have leftover scrapbook supplies, or supplies that might be a bit outdated or not your scrapping style anymore? Should you just leave them in a drawer, so that someday you might actually be inspired to use them? Maybe. Should you challenge yourself to use at least one per layout until they are all used up? Maybe. No matter what you decide to do, you need to find new uses for those supplies. More than likely, when you purchased them, they cost quite a bit, and tossing them away, is tossing away money. Reusing them … Continue reading

More Places To Find Scrapbook Stuff

As I mentioned yesterday, sometimes you can find supplies in places that weren’t made for scrapbookers. Some stores now have small scrapbook sections or carry items that might not be for scrapbooking but could easily be adapted and used. Here are three more obscure places to find scrapbook supplies. Dollar Stores This is one of those things that you might get lucky, but then you might strike out. We have several dollar stores in our area that have a very small scrapbook section, however what they offer usually isn’t found anywhere else I’ve seen. I’ve gotten some cool packs of … Continue reading

5 More Terrific Tips to Save Money Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is an expensive hobby and saving money is one of the keys to keeping it fun. Here are a few more tips to save money on those scrapbooking supplies and make your love of scrapbooking a bit budget friendly as well. 1. Organize It Spend time organizing your supplies to make it easier to find things. This can save money by not requiring you to purchase something a second time when you cannot find it. Don’t spend a lot on storage either. You can obtain a nice storage area and scrapbook space for a fraction of the cost of … Continue reading