Frugal Scrapbooking Ideas
by Lynda Jeffs
You start to look at others' scrapbook albums, and you want
one of your own. You look at supplies you can purchase, but find yourself
walking away because of the expense of it all. I have been able to scrapbook for
over 7 years on what I have had available to me at home, I don't spend a lot of
money...I haven't been able to! Yet I get compliments on the things that I
create all of the time! I will teach you a few things that I have learned along
the way, and a few tips that will help you with the expense of it all! Some you
might have thought about, and some you might not have! So, let me start to show
you ways you can save money on this fun craft!
Learn to look at your weekend newspaper for 40% off coupons for your local craft
store. Each week they come out plan on spending money on a larger ticket item
that you need. Paper trimmers can be a bit expensive, but if you use a coupon
for it, you can oftentimes get it for $15 or less. This little item can help you
in all aspects of crafting or just everyday use. This is just one example of
what you can purchase; the list can go on and on here!
Also make sure to look at the ads each week to see what is on sale and what is
not. If you can spend a bit of money, the best way to spend it is using coupons
or watching sales for things. You might not need the cardstock or paper right
now, but if you find things that will save you money, then get it. Look at the
colors, textures and patterns you use a lot of, and make sure you stock up on
those. Also make sure you look at the adhesive you use, and stock up on that
too. You don't know the amount of time I have wasted on having to go get some
type of adhesive while working on a project!
If you have rubber stamped, you can scrapbook...and if you scrapbook, you can
rubber stamp! Stickers can only be used once, with the color scheme of what the
sticker gives you. With stamps, you can use that same stamp multiple ways,
therefore helping in the cost. Yes, you have the upfront cost of the stamps and
pads, but this cost can be spent over a few months if you look at places and
ways you can purchase them. For every layout or card you make the cost of the
stamp goes down...so look for ways you can save money in this direction. Look
for things you tend to use a lot; a present stamp can be used for multiple
events, so this is a great way to save money.
Refrain from purchasing each and every style of scissors that are out on the
market today. Instead choose a few of your favorite styles, and find others who
have a few styles as well. This way if you are working on a project that might
require you to use a different style than you have, you have access to them.
Same holds true with templates, do not buy all of them out there, purchase a few
that you will need, and learn to network with others for the others!
Save Your Scraps
Make sure you keep your scraps, so that when you are working on small things you
don't need to use an entire sheet of paper for it. I use my scraps every time I
scrapbook or make cards instead of using an entire sheet of cardstock for a few
punched out pieces. This way, each album or project I do is truly one of a kind.
Scraps are good for paper piecing, cards, punches, stamping, or for small pieces
of color on a layout to coordinate your layout or card.
Look at templates you can use in a variety of different ways, such as the kind
that have fun edges on them with other shapes on the inside of the template.
This way you can use it in different ways, such as the shapes on a layout or on
a card, and the edge can also be used on a layout, framed page, or use it
instead of patterned edge scissors for a card.
You do not need each and every color of marker that is out there, trust me! If
you spend $100.00 on a pack of 48 markers, I will promise you, you will be
wasting your money, unless you plan on using each color and style in that pack
that is. I normally only use black for the journaling, and maybe a color or two
on my pages, but that $100.00 purchase I made was mostly wasted. I could have
spent $20.00 on the colors I needed versus the $100.00 I spent and still don't
Look at different packs of paper you can purchase, the kind that have at least
40 sheets of paper in them or more. This way, you are saving money by purchasing
the packs of paper you like and will use. Also keep in mind just because
something is in a specific pack doesn't mean you can't use that paper in another
area. I purchased a kitchen pack to make a recipe album for my daughter, and
instead found green checkered paper that looks great for another project I am
working on. I only paid $9.99 for the pack of paper, so this was a great
purchase for me.
Buy Used Supplies
Instead of purchasing brand new items, make sure you look at web sites to
purchase used supplies from people. Some people have just outgrown their
supplies, and others are just not creating like they used to. Pick up things
when you are on a budget, instead of spending full price for things.
Find a group of women who also create, to share supplies with. This way someone
can purchase a high ticket item such as a die cut machine, and maybe another can
purchase other expensive supplies. Learn to scrap together, or get together once
a month or so in order to allow everyone time on the different items. Learn to
find stores that have crops in order for you to be able to use their supplies
before you purchase them. I used to spend a lot of time at my local store just
to die cut different papers. I then would take the paper home with me, instead
of throwing away the scraps.
My last item, is learn to recycle everyday items such as bottles, 6 pack
containers, or cans into organizing items. Bottles cleaned out make great ribbon
holders so you can see what scraps of ribbon you have left. 6 pack containers or
cans also make great organizers, being able to keep your basic supplies at arm's
reach. Make sure you alter them with neat paper to match your area or in your
favorite colors so you will always make your area neat. That same 6 pack
container, filled with someone's favorite candy or bath items created in their
favorite colors instantly becomes a great birthday or just because gift. Coffee
cans decorated are cheap versions of paint cans filled with a present as well!
Not only can you save money, you can also make darling one of a kind items for
you and your family. Scrapbooking isn't that expensive, it just depends on how
you spend your money. I hope you learn new and exciting ways to save money on
your crafting. It is cheaper than therapy and more fun too!