Scrapbooking is a very popular hobby that preserves your memories and photos. But it can be an expensive hobby if you get caught up in all the glitz and glamour of the pretty paper, embellishments, stickers, and card stock. These “pretties” can do some major damage on your budget, unless you know what to buy and where to look. Knowing this information will make your budget remain intact and you will be able to create impressive pages. Find out how to scrapbook on a budget.
Those finishing touches will add style to any scrapbook page but will also dent the budget a great deal. However, with a little creativity you can make your own embellishments. You can also look at cheap economical places such as the Dollar General Store, the hardware store, or even E-bay. You can usually find some really super deals on E-bay for little to nothing. It is a great place to start if you do not want to make your own embellishments!
Perhaps the ultimate source of inexpensive, decorative embellishments is lying in a box somewhere in your house. Pull out those old Christmas, Birthday, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and even Anniversary cards. You are sure to find some pictures or sayings that will be a great addition to your page or layout. If you do not save those types of cards, then maybe you should. As mentioned before, they are a great source for embellishments. Just keep in mind that the cards are acid free and if they are not arrange them to the layout accordingly (have the sayings away from the pictures).
There is a reason it is called “scrapbooking”, people. Any bit of paper, tissue paper, magazine clippings and even fabric can make a great page. If you are worried about the bits of scrap paper not being acid free, then invest in some archival spray. This will open up the many possibilities of the scraps that are around you. For instance, turn your unwanted junk mail into photo corners or use paper lunch bags for cardstock. The key here is to turn your paper or fabric scraps into a beautiful piece of art for your scrapbook page.
Don’t rely on expensive stencils and chipboard letters to produce some creative titles for your pages. You have plenty of low-cost alternatives at your fingertips. Markers and colored pencils can transform your own writing into a great title. Then your title will be uniquely done. Or if that doesn’t work for you, use your computer to get homemade stencils. Computers offer a variety of fonts. Type up the alphabet and create your own stencils for the titles.
Just because you are on a budget does not mean you have to deny yourself the cool scrapbooking tools that are on the market. Limit yourself to a paper trimmer, eyelet setter and any machine that you will lose a lot. For instance, if you want your pages to be done with stickers, then invest in a sticker machine. You can transform just about anything into a sticker. However, if you do not use a lot of stickers, then the sticker machine is not for you.
A little resourcefullness goes a very long way when it comes to scrapbooking. There are plenty of frugal supplies and techniques that will help keep your budget under control. Just look around you and you will find plenty of things to use for your scrapbooking. Be creative! The end result will be just as good (if not better) than the expensive costing pages.