I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand spending more on scrapbooking supplies than I absolutely have to. Being a devout believer in cheap scrapbooking, I don’t understand why so many scrappers spend so much money on buying scrapping supplies they could make at home.
A Hands On Approach
When going through craft stores I have seen simple shapes like butterflies, sailing boats and even basic shapes like squares and triangles being sold in packets of ten!
With a little bit of extra work, you could draw up the same shape on some thick cardboard, cut it out and use it as a template to cut out as many of the same shape as you like. To save even more time, you can stack multiple sheets of paper before cutting to get a number of the same shape cut out every time.
Stickers are also a big thing in scrapbooking. I have seen people pay $10 for a roll of stickers of which they only used 3.
If you have a printer attached to your computer, you can buy a packet of specially prepared sticker paper, pre cut and ready to be printed on. Put the sheets into your printer, find the image you want and use the software that came with your printer to add your desired image to the sheet.
The best part is, you can have a different image on every sticker on the same sheet – this is a great technique for cheap scrapbooking.
A friend of mine had a set of calligraphy pens sitting on a shelf in their house. I had an idea and borrowed them one day. I practised for an hour on a few sheets of paper, writing the titles of my scrapbooking pages over and over. After I was done, I selected the best looking one of each term and cut it out and added it to the top of the appropriate page.
This proved to be an easy and effective way to add some charm to my scrapbooking albums at little cost to me.
Its not hard to do cheap scrapbooking, all it takes is a little imagination and a little extra work and you can save a significant amount of money on your next album.