You have seen a scrapbooking show on TV or some really creative pages your friend had made, and you’re thinking you want to jump on the scrapbooking bandwagon but without straining your budget.
Scrapbooking supplies do not need to cost a fortune. Walk into a specialized scrapbooking store and you might think otherwise, but there are ways to be creative and yet not spend a fortune.
Yes, your local dollar store might have scrapbooking supplies for you to choose from. The Dollar Tree chain of stores carries quite a few products for paper crafters and their quality is good too. The only thing you need to make sure of is that all the scrapbooking supplies you purchase need to be acid-free or archival safe, otherwise they will ruin your pictures over time.
Many craft and hobby stores send coupons in the mail or in the Sunday paper. All you need to do is sign up on their mailing list as well as their e-newsletter mailing lists, and voila, you can get a product up to 40 percent off nearly each week.
Check out the deeply discounted stickers and papers in the marked sown section of scrapbooking supplies. Just because an item is discontinued or depicts a holiday or season that has just passed, doesn’t mean that it is trash. Retailers just need to move stuff out so that they can make room for more goodies.
If your friends share your interest, then pool in and buy some standard supplies that everyone can use like cardstock, punches, scissors and stencils. Or each of you can buy a few items and share them. Not only is it more fun to scrapbook together, you can save money on scrapbooking supplies. Alternatively, you could use the die cut machine at your scrapbooking store for free when you buy the paper from them.
Use your Imagination
It does not have to be exactly like the layout you saw in the magazine. Just like your makeup may never turn out to be like the models’ in the glossy publications, your scrapbook page may not look like the one crafter by professionals.
And that is the beauty of scrapbooking - it doesn’t have to look perfect. No one will know how the layout was in a magazine, and even you’ll forget the difference soon. What matters most is that it is a collection of your memories and any way you display them will hold special meaning for you.