Scrapbooking has become a million-dollar industry with new products coming out each year.
It’s hard to resist the fun packaging and bright cheerful colors of stickers, ribbons, and paper that companies come out with.
It can get pretty expensive if you try and keep up with all the new gadgets that are made.
I have come up with some scrapbooking tips that will give you the look you desire but will save you money as well.
The biggest tip I have is to try and resist the urge to buy the latest gadget or trend.
Companies are counting on you wanting to buy the product as soon as you see it, so the price tends to be very high.
Wait a couple of months when the newness dies down and then if you really have to have it, that’s when you buy it.
You’ll save even more by using a coupon as well. Most stores like Michaels and Joann’s put out flyers with coupons usually on a weekly basis.
Stickers and embellishments are another money eater. If you have a die-cut machine such as sizzix or quickutz, you can save lots of money by making your own stickers.
Die-cut the shape you want and then use paper glaze, I recommend Aleen’s Paper Glaze, which gives the paper a shiny glass look and gives the appearance of a sticker.
You can even sprinkle it with glitter or beads to add dimension.
When buying alphabet stickers, get the most out of your money by not only using the letter but cut around the empty space where the letter was and use it for a reverse sticker look. You’ll get double usage for your money.
If you are like me, you have plenty of scrap paper.
I use these as photo mats and to die cut smaller objects. Most paper has color on one side and white on the other. Don’t waste your money buying white cardstock or paper, just use the back of a scrap piece. The color won’t even show through.
Adhesives can be pretty costly if you use it a lot.
Try using different techniques to attach things to paper such as staples, brads, eyelets and photo corners.
If you like using adhesive better, then check around on-line.
Many companies will sell it in bulk which will save you lots of money in the long run rather than buying individually.
Printing your own photos at home may seem convenient but it is actually more expensive.
Most on-line companies such as York, Shutterfly, and Winkflash to name a few have 4×6 prints for as low as 8 cents and the quality is just as good.
Most companies will give you free prints just for signing up on their site as well. Delivery is pretty fast too.
I have used on-line services frequently and I usually have my pictures back in just a couple days.
If you have to go to your local scrap book store, make a list and stick to it. Don’t spend too long there or you will fall into impulse buying.
You will end up buying something that you will absolutely have no use for but it looked cute hanging there so you had to have it.
Don’t just look in specialty scrapbook stores for supplies. Check your local office supply store for items such as tags, paper, markers, and colored pencils.
Not only will they be cheaper, you usually will get more for your money. Look around your house for everyday objects that can be used as embellishments.
Extra buttons from new clothes, the little safety pins that some labels are attached with, ribbon from packages you receive and the paper backing in various products.
Just open your eyes and soon you will find a treasure trove in your very own house.
Preserving your memories should be a fun and creative adventure, not an expensive one.
It is my hope that the above tips will be of some use to you and through the process, I am sure you will come up with your own money-saving tips.
Have fun and Happy Scrapping!!