Insider’s Look: Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking

Whether you have the occasional extra dollar or a set monthly budget to spend on your scrapbooking hobby, we’re sure that, like us, you’re looking for every way to stretch your scrapbooking dollars to their fullest. And with the wallet-savvy ideas in Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking, you’ll  find hundreds of ways to save your memories in style without breaking the bank.

In addition to having adventures of our own as we worked on this project, we collaborated with a number of fantastic designers on this incredible special issue. We’re delighted to share with you some of their first-hand experiences in budget-friendly scrapbooking.

Insider Info #1

We asked three of our Dream Team members and editor Joannie McBride to split a single collection pack of BasicGrey’s Hello Luscious collection and select a number of circle punches to use. Not an easy feat when you’re spread across the country! “Being limited to portions of a collection stretched my creativity by encouraging me to think outside the box,” Nicole Harper says. “By punching out a small portion of the red/cream pattern, I was able to make some unique accents for my banner that gave it a bit of punch!”

This is Me by Nicole Harper

This is Me by Nicole Harper as seen in Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking, page 13.

Insider Info #2

Fresh Face Waleska Neris showed us a budget-savvy way to get our memories onto our layouts. “I love using leftover packaging on my layouts,” Waleska says. “Not only do I feel like I’m getting my money’s worth but I’m also being good to the environment. Reduce, reuse, recycle, right?  [This journaling spot] was quick, easy, and inexpensive.”

The Best by Waleska Neris

The Best by Waleska Neris as seen in Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking, page 116.

Insider Info #3

Kit clubs are an excellent way to get the latest goodies into your collection without straying from your monthly budget. Davinie Fiero and Jen Jockisch learned a lot about  how to put together their own scrapbooking kits using leftover products from monthly Studio Calico kits—a surefire way to use every scrap in your stash. And by coordinating their kit products, they had a lot of fun! “Neither [Jen nor I] have a local scrapbook store to shop at, so we coordinated products from our current stash,” Davinie says. “We looked for paper, prints, and embellishments that worked for both of us, and then went from there.”

“This was a lot of fun,” Jen adds. “It was especially interesting to see how Dav works, and how we are different from each other in our creative process.”

'Castle' Park by Davinie Fiero

‘Castle Park’ by Davinie Fiero as seen in Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking, page 31. Check out Jen Jockisch’s layout on page 95.

Insider Info #4

Along with two other scrapbookers, Lisa VanderVeen was challenged with using a brand new stamp set—a versatile mix of words and images—from Papertrey Ink to create her layout. “When I saw the stamps, I knew they would be fabulous to use as journaling,” Lisa says. “I loved the simplicity of the sentiments and the basic block font and I wanted them to be the primary embellishment for the page.”

You Are Simply Fabulous by Lisa VanderVeen

You Are Simply Fabulous by Lisa VanderVeen as seen in Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking, page 59.

We hope you enjoy Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you! Be sure to check out all of the fab free downloads that go hand-in-hand with this issue. And, finally, a special thanks to the companies that helped make this special issue possible: BasicGrey, Cocoa Daisy, EK Success, Elmer’s, Jenni Bowlin StudioKrylon, Papertrey Ink, and Studio Calico.

Giveaway Time!

To help you get Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking in your hands, as well as a fantastic scrapbooking kit from either Cocoa Daisy or Studio Calico, we’re doing a giveaway! Just leave a comment here letting us know how you manage your scrapbooking budget, and two winners will be randomly drawn on or around September 7, 2011.

Note: If you belong to one of the kit clubs mentioned above, please let us know in your comment so we don’t send you a kit you already own.

Happy wallet-savvy scrapbooking, my friends!

– Kim Jackson, senior editor

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182 Responses to Insider’s Look: Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking

  1. Mai says:

    I use a lot of souvenir items (maps, tags, etc) as embellishments or try to make my own embellishments instead of buying pre-made ones. I also save ALL scraps… just in case!

  2. Laura G says:

    I shop sales and only buy what I really love. I cut patterned paper so it can be used on more layouts and use stamps that can be used over and over!

  3. Donna S. says:

    I just try to use what I have…every little scrap! I am a sticker hoarder, so that’s the only thing that’s hard to stay away from!

  4. Cristina says:

    I don’t have a budget per se, but I find myself going through alternating periods of frantic shopping and quiet. :) I try to use everything I buy before I go back for more, but that doesn’t always work out. ;)

  5. Nicole says:

    LOVE budget friendly idea. Thanks ladies. I usually stated away from the scrapbooking kits (unless they were on sale) because I thought I wouldn’t use all the supplies in the kit. These tips are great and I’ll into scrapbooking kits more now.

    *Do something creative everyday*

  6. Wendy Orme says:

    I never pay full price for any of my supplies and I never throw anything away! I’d love to learn more about how to “budget friendly” scrapbook.

  7. c@rol w says:

    I use lots of digital supplies. My stash will last forever because I can simply re-color certain parts and pieces utilizing PS Elements for quick changes and then, simply print them out at home. I like to use writing on my photos before printing. No stickers necessary!

  8. Amy S. (AmyBug) says:

    I manage my budget by asking for things around Christmas, birthday or Mother’s Day and usually selling things online and keeping the money in paypal for when I want to buy scrappy supplies. :)

  9. Cathy B says:

    I’ve subscribed to Lain Ehmann’s Layout A Day to try and work out what my scrapbooking ‘style’ is, so I don’t waste money on supplies which I think are cute, but I won’t end up using :)
    I have a weekly allowance to spend on me – I try and make any scrapping purchases out of that.
    And I’m finishing all the kits I have already purchased before I buy any more.

  10. Shanon Gibson says:

    Scrapbooking budget? Ha ha ha! :) I usually order only once every few months. Keeps DH happy and I still get to purchase some new goodies.

  11. Debbie Pawlowski says:

    Punches, border punches, not only save money, as you can keep using them over and over, but you can also match/use the color you want. I also buy lots of paper when Joann’s have paper for 5 for $1.00. But I still splurge when I scrapbook at Archivers! And after reading all these wonderful comments, I’m going to start going through all my stuff before I start every page. Thanks!

  12. Melinda Wilson says:

    I recycle packaging from scrapbook products and usually save my scraps to take with me to crops. This allows me to use the scraps at crops to make cards.

  13. Krystal says:

    :) I dont have a budget. Sometimes I get real addicted to shopping, then I slow down for a while. Buying bulk adhesive on ebay has been wonderful!

  14. I’ve decided to purge all my stuff and share with my friends my extras. After that, I’ll shop from my stash whenever I’m making a project.

  15. Lana Bisson says:

    I do shop- I cant deny that… but I find Im more creative when I use what I have already.

    I love to recycle things. Using thick acetate and my old sizzix die originals I have made some pretty neat embellishments that look like I bought them somewhere. You can see many examples of this on my blog.

    I use old vhs plastic cases and when Im near using up a product with nothing but left overs I will store them in a vhs tape case and label it by theme or by color combo.. This way when im looking for perfect embellishment. I go straight to the case. it makes it easier for crops too.

    I also sort leftover pattern papers with other paper that coordinate. I will store them in 12×12 protectors and maybe throw a few embellishments in there as a quick go to kit. that way IM more likely to use up what I have because its filed together..

    another favorite tip.. If you have favorite stamp images or ones that you might not use everyday but perfect for that someday project..go ahead and stamp each image 1 in a white 12×12 and 1 in a off white 12×12..leave them uncolored and file them under themes.. this way instead of dragging out or forgetting you have the perfect stamp..you already have it availble to cut and color.. this makes it easy for crops too.

  16. Renee Stefan says:

    I have so many supplies, that I refuse to buy something new unless it is needed for a specific page I am working on. I no longer buy things for the project I may one day complete or because I think it is cute.

  17. Melissa DL says:

    I organize my stuff so I don’t buy stuff that I already have. I also use the packaging of stuff.

  18. Emily Todd says:

    I try to only buy for pages I am making at that time. I go through my photos and decide which I am scrapbooking, sketch up a loose idea of what I want paper and embellishment wise and then shop. I often make a list so that when I go into the scrapbooking store I’m not as tempted to just wander and pick up things I really don’t need at the time. When it comes to buying punches or other tools, I make sure it is something I am going to use more than twice and often share them with others. Of course, it doesn’t always work this way.

  19. Shawn Wenrich says:

    I never pay full price for anything. It tries my patience but I remind myself that there’s always a sale right around the corner. I also stick with just a few favorite manufacturers, it’s too overwhelming to get caught up in everyone’s latest and greatest!

  20. katemeri says:

    I don’t live anywhere near a craft store so I’m able to save a lot. When I go visit my Mom it seems like we’re at the local stores 2-3 times a week and I always blow my low budget. I have plenty of supplies but am always tempted by the latest and greatest, especially if it’s on sale or I have a coupon.

  21. I am so bad at budgeting when it comes to scrapbooking supplies. I will wear a pair of shoes until they literally fall apart but think nothing of splurging on a new tool or stack of paper or whatever if I think I ‘need’ it for scrapping! :D
    I do try to wait for sales and purchase what I can on discount but sometimes a gal just has needs, you know! Like some awesome October Afternoon paper and embellies or a fantastic stamp set that just keeps calling my name. Now, if I can figure out a way to not have to buy groceries, I would be all set!
    Happy Scrapin’! :D

  22. Mara says:

    For the past year I have only bought a few basic supplies (ie, card stock) my goal is to use up all of the extras I currently have before buying more!

  23. Debbie Painter says:

    I shop sales, use coupons, and try to stick to under $50 a month! Some months, I use it all & other months, that money needs to go for unexpected expenses. I would love to spend more, but being on a fixed income, keeps me in check!! Thanks for the chance to add to my collection, guilt & dollar-free!!! :)

  24. Carmen says:

    I do a lot of sales and coupons, but right now I have so much stuff, I can just shop from my stash!

  25. Jo L says:

    If I am matting a large photo, I usually will cut out the center of the paper that will be covered…that way I have a scrap that I can use either on the same page or save for later!! These work great for matting photos and let me use some of both sides of the paper!

  26. Karen Care' says:

    I belong to a CTMH monthly crop group that everyone gets a turn “hostessing”. I buy the minimum when it isn’t my turn. Then when my month comes up and I get the free merchandise and the half off deals, I really stock up.

  27. mbunny says:

    I use what I have and only shop when things are on sale or with a coupon. Also I purchased some Prima white flowers so I can custom colour them to match my pages. I love making my own embellishments. For me that’s a huge part of the fun and I can spend hours crafting decorations inspired by professional companies. I do spend more time than alot of people do on scrapbooking but I don’t spend nearly as much as my friends. I love to handcut things so I don’t own any of the diecut machines or cartridges. Each piece is unique.
    Cocoa Daisy would be a great addition to my stash ;)

  28. LCJinRoslyn PA says:

    I find a lot of product at thrift shops, yard and rummage sales, dollar stores – and I try really hard NOT to shop at Mike’s or ACM w/o a hefty coupon discount. I go straight to the “sale” section of any website I am perusing. I have a Cricut, and bought it and my carts on Ebay — my limit is $20 a cartridge, shipping included. I don’t win a lot of the auctions, but when I do I get a real bargain, since I pick ones I know I will use a whole lot. Hubby is always okay with a purchase if I tell him how much it would have been if not on sale or bought with a coupon. Right now I have a lot of stash, and am mostly buying specifics for particular LOs, along with adhesives. And I am really enjoying the swaps on Club CK – someone else’s embellies or pp leftovers are new to me!

  29. Sue Ray says:

    The web has a few sites that have sales. Also, I try to use my scraps. Coupons are great.

  30. Pendra says:

    I am on a very strict budget when it comes to my crafting. I use coupons when I purchase new items. I keep all my scraps, even the leftovers from punching, some of these are amazing. I keep all packaging including the pop, cereal and chip boxes for use as thin chipboard and I also use some of the junk mail that comes in the mail… it’s amazing what you can use! I would love to win either of these kits! Thanks for the chance!

  31. SandyL says:

    I always reach for my scraps first – when I’m making cards and even when I’m scrapping. They are wonderful for mounting or framing photos, punching lots of embellishments, and I often punch or stamp and cut out journaling sections. This saves my “whole” paper for backgrounds and/or altering items. I get a lot more than one layout from each piece of paper I own.

  32. Phyllis Veltre says:

    I am always looking to use the things I have before buying anything else and to use my “stuff” in different ways.

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