Many people love to scrapbook and make cards. However if you try to buy all the tools and cutting accessories at one time, you could spend a lot of money. Here are a few tips from several of my family and friends who love scrapbooking, want to preserve memories and not spend a fortune.
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How to Save Money on Scrapbooking
Use your local scrapbook store
Watch the Clearance Aisle
I have a friend who is an avid scrapbook crafter. This friend never buys anything full price. Instead, every time she goes into Hobby Lobby or Michaels she makes a straight shot back to the clearance aisle. She purchases something each time she finds it on deep discount so she will have it on hand for her next project.
Share your paper
Sometimes the discounts stores will have books of scrapbook paper – but they are usually all the same pattern. Consider purchasing the book for a couple of dollars and then trade the pages with your other scrapbooking friends.
OR Just find another friend who scrapbooks. When you are done with your paper, swap the extra pieces so you’ll have fresh paper for embellishments.
Recycle Christmas/Greeting Cards for accent pieces.
I dabbled in scrapbooking for several seasons. I found that there were some really cool cartoon characters and Christmas images on the cards we received in the mail. I just cut them and used them for my embellishments. – Cost = FREE!
Buy 1 item a month – with coupon of course
One friend uses the coupon from Hobby Lobby or Michaels and ‘splurges’ on one pair of scissors or tool each month. Just use your phone to pull up the coupon each week when you head to the store. (Just type in Hobby Lobby or Michaels coupon!)
When I decided to try scrapbooking, I just put a note on the local yard sale group on Facebook that I was looking for scrapbooking scissors etc. I ended up getting several pairs of specialty scissors – for FREE!
Do you love to scrapbook or make cards? How do you keep from spending too much money on this hobby?