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.
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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!”
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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 Studio, Krylon, Papertrey Ink, and Studio Calico.
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