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How to scrapbook on a budget

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Photo and artwork by: Erika Martin

With scrapbooking magazines showcasing top designer layouts and so many products on the market today for scrapbooking, it's hard to imagine being able to make a beautiful page on a budget and with limited resources. Contrary to belief, however, it IS possible to create meaningful and creatively attractive layouts with a spending crunch.

How to Scrapbook on a Budget:

  1.  Dollar Store finds: Many dollar stores now have a section full of papercrafting supplies. You can find stickers, ribbons, embellishment, rub-ons, paper packs and more for only $1 each. Many of these items are acid/lignin free and some are even from well known supply companies. At only $1 each for these products, you can create countless stylish layouts for very little cost.
  2. Clearance/bargain sections: Large craft stores (such as Michaels, AC Moore and JoAnn Fabrics), and even smaller specialty stores, have clearance sections and mark their items down more than half off the original price. Since new products come out faster than we can keep up with, these stores are always looking to move older product out to make room for the new products. The clearance/bargain sections are a great place to pick up quality supplies at cheap prices.
  3. Supply Shares: If you have scrapbooking friends, this is a great way to purchase items that you all want, but can't justify the cost on your own. Split the cost of the items and divvy them up evenly. Everyone gets products they like but the cost is much more manageable. The same approach can be used for papercrafting equipment like die cutting machines, etc. There are even groups online where you can participate in "through the mail swapping." Check out: ScrapNSwap and ScrappySwaps for online swapping groups.
  4. Re-usable items: Bulk up your crafting stash with items that can be re-used. Rubber stamps (alphabet stamps are invaluable), ink pads, dies for die-cutting machines, punches, etc. are all items that only need to be bought once but can be used over and over again. For rubber stamps, punches and die-cutting machines, check out these sites: Stampin' UP Products, GinaK Designs and Kitchen Sink Stamps.
     

If you're working on a small budget, never fear. There are still plenty of ways to enjoy this hobby even with limited funds.

With scrapbooking magazines showcasing top designer layouts and so many products on the market today for scrapbooking, it's hard to imagine being able to make a beautiful page on a budget and with limited resources. Contrary to belief, however, it IS possible to create meaningful and creatively attractive layouts with a spending crunch.

For more inspirational ideas and photos of scrapbook pages, click here ---> Scrapbook pages and creative inspiration

Comments

  • Laura Solomon 5 years ago

    Erika, these are some great ideas and I love the funky layout. If you need supplies on a budget, you should check out www.Scrapbuck.com
    Thanks!

  • Wes & Kathy 5 years ago

    Those are some pretty good ideas if you hand scrap... be very careful about the stuff at the dollar stores as much of it is not acid/chem free and can ruin your scrapbooks over time.

    Biggest budget saver of all you missed was to switch to digital or computer scrapbooking. Even if you have them made into real hardbound books, they are still less than a dollar a page to produce... can't do that hand scrapping!

    www.ComputerScrapbookTraining.com for the Greatest FREE Digital Scrapbook Gift... EVER!