My Interest in Scrap Booking
I have been so curious about how to start scrap booking. It is something I see so many people doing, and I always love what I see.
My sister in law is the queen of scrapbooking. But with 3 little boys under age 6, she doesn’t get to scrap as much as she would like to. She used to host a day each month at church dedicated to scrap booking. She would bring almost all her supplies, which was an insane amount, and allow anyone to use what she had and create memories on pages.
I would get so excited every month, walk in the room, and be completely overwhelmed with what to do. She had every kind of decoration,tool,and paper you would ever need. I still felt like I didn’t know where to start.
She gave me her old Cricut, which is an amazing tool for cutting paper in many ways. It has been sitting for quite some time because I just didn’t know what to do with it. I started making cards, but I used some stamps and stickers for that.
I started looking at all my pictures on my computer, and realized that I had so many memories and not many pictures printed out. What good would they do just sitting on my computer or phone. Recently we went to Hobby Lobby to get some supplies for my daughter’s first birthday party. I decided it was time to take the plunge and attempt to start scrapping.
I started looking at pictures and decided to try and really start scrap booking. It would be easier now that my girls are getting bigger. I could do a little each evening after they sleep, it would be something for me.
If you know anything about scrap booking, you know that it can be an expensive hobby. Many times you just keep buying supplies that you have the intention of using some day, but end up letting them sit for years never using it. You have supplies, and still feel the need to go buy more.
I actually texted my husband and told him I wanted to start scrapping, and he texted me back asking if he needed to call for an intervention. It doesn’t help that his ex wife was one of those people who had all the supplies, but didn’t actually use them often. I told him I had a plan so it would be ok.
Cheap Scrapbooking Ideas
I started trying to think of how I could minimize the cost, and find cheap scrapbooking ideas in order to make my new hobby affordable for someone on a budget. This is what I came up with.
1. Make a list of specific scrapbook pages I want to create.
I wanted to make sure I had a vision. If I just started buying supplies without a plan, then I would get overwhelmed and have no clue what I would actually need or use. This is a very important strategy for buying just what you need and not ending up with so many things that you forget you even own them.
I took a notebook and came up with about 25 pages I wanted to make. I had topics like birthdays, taekwondo, baking with the kids, Tessa’s first zoo trip, sister pages, our wedding, and brother pages.
2. Print out specific pictures I needed for those special pages.
I uploaded about 600 pictures to Shutterfly. Shutterfly gives you 50 free prints with your first order and then 15 cents for each additional 4×6 print. There is unlimited storage and they have great deals on pictures each week.
I ordered 75 pictures that I knew I was going to use on certain pages. I got 75 pictures for $3.75 and then paid $5.00 for shipping. Once I actually have pictures in my hands I will be able to start scrapping.
3. Spend time with my sister in law and use supplies she offers so many times.
My sister has an endless supply of paper, stickers, and everything else. She also has many tools that I may want to use once in a while. She said I am welcome to anything she has, so I plan on taking her up on that offer. She also has Cricut cartridges that I can borrow if I want to use it on my machine and cut out something.
It seems like everyone knows a scrap booker, and many of them have more than enough and will be willing to share or trade.
4. Only buy paper, stickers, and embellishments if it is on sale.
Hobby Lobby is where I will go most often to get some supplies. They rotate sales each week, and it is usually paper 50% off one week and the next week stickers will be 50% off. I am committed to not paying full price for paper or stickers. I recently went to a site for overstock scrap booking supplies, and they had many things that were only a dollar.
I loaded up on some things for my pages I have already planned. I know that many people who scrap sell things at garage sales which would be a really great way to load up.
5. Aim to create 5-6 pages at a time and finish them.
I have a list of 25 pages that I want to create right now. I am not going to get all the supplies for all those pages. I will create 5 or 6 pages and then move onto the next. It is important to finish the pages you start. Keeping it in small segments, and you are more likely to feel accomplished instead of overwhelmed.
I am very new at this, but I thought I would share these tips because they may help someone else. I get overwhelmed when I have more than I need, and I have a hard time seeing the big picture. Little bits at a time is my strategy, and I feel this will save me money and make the best use out of my supplies.
Do you have any cheap scrapbooking ideas for me?
photo credit: Bethan Phillips
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