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Scrapbooking On A Tight Budget Is Not Impossible

Aug 17, 2007
Scrapbooking - it's a great hobby, and also an important one. But many people find that they do not have the budget necessary to keep up with the constantly changing world of scrapbooking. Think of a new mom, for example. With a new baby in the family, there is rarely any money to purchase scrapbooking supplies, yet she will want to keep track of the exciting changes she sees every day! Is it possible to create beautiful scrapbooks on a tight budget? The answer is yes!

One thing that budget scrappers tend to do is purchase masses of supplies when there is a sale at their local craft store. This seems like a good way to get quality supplies at a good price, but there is a down side to this type of stocking up. When you start purchasing everything in sight at a big sale, you will almost always end up with items that you never end up using. Even if these were cheap, they still were a waste of money, because you never use them.

One of the most important things that you can do to keep yourself on track when purchasing scrapbooking supplies is to keep a list of the items you need. Just because a particular embellishment is on sale does not mean that you will need it. Keep the photos that you will be scrapping soon in the back of your mind, and only buy things that will be used with those pictures.

Another way to save money is with your text. You can create titles and sayings with scrapbooking stickers, but you will only get one use out of your sticker. Consider instead using rubber stamps. You can use rubber stamps over and over again, and inkpads have a long shelf life. Many budget conscious scrappers avoid the stamping isle at all costs because the up front cost of ink pads is so high. You need to keep in mind that while the up front cost might be high, you will get unlimited life out of them once you have them.

Another option to save money on text is to use your computer. You can use hundreds of fonts that are found in your word processing program, or you can try out that simple graphics program that's loaded in your computer but collecting dust. Trying out fonts and adding designs into your scrapbook can be one of the most cost effective ways to create unique titles and journaling!

If you are going to splurge on a scrapbooking supply, spend your money on scrapbooking tools. Tools give you the ability to create unique pages out of any paper. The more tools you have, the more creative you can be. Shop stores during sales to stock up on tools like cutting systems and punches.

The most important idea about scrapbooking is that you are the one to do the putting together, and there aren't any rules on how you get it done. You don't need the latest gadget or special accessory just because everyone else has it. Use what you have available and be creative with what you have on hand. You'll be surprised at what you can come up with. Who knows? You might be the one to hit on the next great trend in scrapbooking that will have everyone asking you how you did it!
About the Author
Graham Johns runs and writes regularly for Easy Scrapbooking Ideas where you can read many more articles on scrapbooking on a budget. Also go to Well Spoken Audio for a wide range of informative and entertaining audio books .
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