Ten Money Saving Scrapbooking Ideas
Ten Tips to Save Scrapbooking Money
Scrapbooking can be expensive. The good news is that there are ways to economize. This page provides ten tips to cut back on the costs of this great hobby.These ten scrapbooking ideas will help you stick to the budget.
Paper arts can be an expensive hobby. We find embellishments that cost close to $10, and specialized tools such as digital die cutters that cost in the hundreds. The good news is that scrapbooking costs do not have to be so high. With a little thought, you can produce lovely and economical layouts.
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Links for Scrapbooking Ideas
- Scrapbooking.com -- Free Printable Ideas, Projects, Layouts, Articles with Supplies and Directions
The premier Scrapbooking website devoted to scrapbook information. Free scrapbooking resource for scrapbook related articles, page layouts, and more!
- Scrapping by Design
This scrapbooking blog provides video demonstrations of projects, tools and layouts.
Money Saving Tip #1: Use Found Objects
Found objects can be incorporated into a scrapbook layout as embellishments. Items such as feathers, coins, keys, fine chains, tiny ornaments, pebbles, seashells can be attractive, and free additions to your pages.
If your albums are archival, you will need to take steps to protect your photos from some of these found objects. You can do this easily by making shaker boxes, or by using cold laminate. Clear shelf paper makes excellent laminate. You can usually find it a a Dollar Store.
If you are not concerned about using acid free papers, make a habit of checking the junk mail that arrives daily. Many of these advertisements are printed on quality paper and contain beautiful images that can be cut and used in your layouts.
Similarly, greeting cards that people send you can often be utilized as embellishments. Cut out special images of words to use, or clip off ribbons and any sort of décor that might work as an embellishment.
Shop: Budget Scrapbooking for Beginners
Scrapbooking doesn't have to cost a fortune. This great book shows you tons of ways you can cut back and save money while enjoying your favorite hobby.
Old Lace Re-purposed to Layout
Money Saving Tip #2: Save Buttons, Lace and Ribbons
Getting ready to throw out some old clothing? Before you do, remove buttons, lace, ribbons, decals or any other part that might work for a scrapbook layout. Throwing out old denim? Scraps of fabric can work very nicely in a layout Think about a patch pocket of denim that can contain a piece of memorabilia, or think about using a denim fabric frame to display a photo of your little cowboy or cowgirl.
Decorative Tags with Hardware Store Trimmings
Money Saving Tip #3: Visit Your Hardware Store
Hardware stores are a bonanza of potential embellishments. Check out small washers, screwnuts and other small metal items. Picture them incorporated in a layout--- either as is, or colored with paint, paper, dye, and made shiny with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. Depending on the size and shape you can even add words and lettering to your hardware gadgets.
Consider hardware stores when shopping for scrapbook tools such as wire cutters, sandpaper and craft knives. The price may well be a better deal than the more costly counterparts sold at craft stores.
Money Saving Tip #4: Visit Flea Markets and Yard Sales
Flea markets and yard sales can be a goldmine of gadgets, embellishments and even storage containers. Check for buttons (cut the shank off with wire cutters), jewellery (remove hardware, use as embellishments), beads, lace, yarn and fabric, and for containers that you might use to organize your supplies. You might even find scrapbooking supplies on sale.
Money Saving Tip #5: By Yarn by the Ball
Small lengths of yarn and fabric, as sold in craft stores, is costly. Why not go together with a friend or two and buy a whole skein or ball of yarn? Share the price, share the fabric. Everybody gets more for their money than they would get by buying the small items. Similarly, purchase rick rack, tapes and ribbons by the roll and share the savings.
The Microfleur Flower Press
Money Saving Tip #6. Press Your Own Flowers
Make beautiful embellishments by drying or pressing your own flowers and leaves. You can do this in the microwave, especially easy if you have a Microfleur Flower Press (shown to the right), but possible without out. The cheapest way of all, of course, is to place your flowers and plant material between two pieces of wax paper, then place the waxed paper between the pages of a large book. Close the book, weigh it down with something heavy, and leave for several weeks. You will have perfect dried flowers ready to arrange.
To protect your photographs, be sure to cold laminate your flowers before adding them to an album. You can do this with clear adhesive shelf liner.
Pennant with Vintage Image Transfer
Money Saving Tip #7: Do Image Transfers
Image transfers are an attractive, elegant and economical way to embellish your layouts. They're surprisingly simply to do once you know the technique.
Find an image in a magazine or elsewhere that you want to transfer. Make a color photocopy on a laser photocopier (as found at Staples and other similar stores). Adhere wide, clear packing tape over the image. Rub the tape briskly with the back of a spoon. Rub until the spoon is hot. Place the tape in water and soak for ten minutes or longer. Remove from water and gently scrape off the excess paper. The image is now transferred to your tape, which you can use in your layouts.
Money Saving Tip #8: Scan Photos
If you have your photos printed, instead of making a costly copy, ask for them in digital format, or bring them home and scan them into the computer. Edit using photo editing software, crop before printing to save paper and ink, and then print out on glossy photo paper. You save the original, and its more economical than buying copies.
Money Saving Tip #9: Save Ribbons and Gift Wrapping
When gifts come into your home, save the ribbon, gift wrapping and any fancy elements on tags or greeting cards. You can use all of these items as embellishments or special backgrounds.
Money Saving Tip #10: Save All the Scraps
Scrapbooking usually results in scraps of leftover papers and card stocks. Save everything bigger than two inches. You can make serendipity squares, you can make punched shapes, or use it to make your own greeting cards.
If you do a lot of stamping, place waxed paper under your projects as you stamp. In time, the waxed paper will become filled with an array of colors. When it is well colored, crumble it into a ball and squeeze. Next, flatten it out, iron it, and you will have a lovely paper suitable for a background in a card or other layout.
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© 2008 June Campbell
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