Monday, September 10, 2012

Scrapbooking on a Budget

Time and time again when I talk to our scrapbook friends I hear the same story.  I love to scrapbook, but I just don't have the money.

Not to long ago, I was in a forum and a girl had asked where she could buy cheap scrapbook paper.  She went onto say how she could no longer afford to shop at scrapbook stores and just wanted paper.  Any paper would do, it didn't matter how bad the quality was.  My heart went out to her.  It is a shame so many companies charge so much for supplies.

Another person once told Susy and I how her friend had to get a job at Micheal's just for the employee discount.  Susy and I try to help with the cost of scrapbooking by offering rock bottom prices at our store,  However, we all know sometimes budgets are so tight that even our low prices aren't even enough to make scrapbooking affordable.

In order to save money, sometimes you have to think outside the box when you scrapbook.  In 2004 we had with next to no scrapbook budget.   We were forced to use creativity and turn very cheap supplies into layouts.

This first example could not have been made any cheaper. The background paper is the cheap white cardstock that comes inside a scrapbook when you buy it.  The bubble paper isn't scrapbook paper at all.  It was paper for our printer.  The three pictures from Finding Nemo came from our Disney daily tear off calendar.  Not a single part of this layout is acid free except maybe the white cardstock.  However, 8 years later the page still looks new and we didn't spend a cent on supplies to make it.

This example cost just a little more to make.  The paper is from Disney.  We got it in a pack.  That's why you see similar Disney scrapbook paper throughout the scrapbook.  Buying package deals is always a great way to save on scrapbook supplies.  The pictures from Fantasia were cut out of our Disney daily tear off calendar.  Once again they look great still 8 years later.

It goes with out saying that fancy embellishments and quality scrapbook paper would have made these layouts look better.  However, for those scrapbooking on a tight budget looking around the house and not worrying about whats acid free can make scrapbooking more affordable.

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