No matter how careful you are, there will inevitably come a time when you make a mistake in your scrapbook. However the tricky part, is that not all the mistakes will be the same, and so they cannot all be treated using the same method.
That’s why in this post I’d like to share with you a few of the techniques that I’ve developed over the years to mask most of my blunders.
Just recently I was working on a scrapbook for my family tree and I wanted to use some old and precious photos.
As I was sorting through them I was reminded of how careful we need to be when working with fragile memorabilia, so I thought you might appreciate some of the useful hints I’ve learned over the years when working with priceless family photos.
Scrapbooking embellishments can in many ways be the difference between an average layout and a magnificent one. The trouble however, is that the cost of these little single-use trinkets can add up very quickly, especially when they can easily cost upwards of $5 each.
That’s why I’d like to share with you one of my favourite thrifty scrapbooking tips, that utilises an item that you probably never thought of before, but yet are likely to have lying around the house. And that is – a jigsaw puzzle!
When I trade cheap scrapbooking tips with my friends, one thing usually comes up. It seems that many people perceive it to be quite hard.
Many of them like the idea of using materials that they already have, however when they draw a blank on what to actually use, they usually turn to buying one or two pieces from a shop. And then before they know it, they’ve bought a whole bunch of new materials for their album at a significant cost.
We all love a good wedding! The ceremony, the tenderness, and the good times with good food and fun dancing. So it’s important that find a way to preserve these memories. If you’re a scrapper like I am, you and I both know that a scrapbook is the perfect way to do this.
But if your wedding was anything like mine, it’s probably left your bank account a little light. So now is the perfect time to get into cheap scrapbooking. This way you can have your wedding cake and eat it too! Some of the ideas I used were:
In this post I’d like to mention a few unlikely places where you can find not-only cheap scrapbooking materials, but in most cases, free ones!
My Back Yard
While taking a break from one of my albums, I ventured out into the back yard to bring the washing in. While I was out there, I wondered if there was anything from the back yard that I could use for my album. And what I came back with was some beautiful leaves and some flowers. I dried these out and included them in a nature section of my scrapbook. The effect was quite charming.
Throwing in a pocket or two to your scrapbook layouts can be a great way to add notes, tags and other items that would otherwise clutter up the page. So here are 2 cheap scrapbooking examples for adding pockets your pages using materials that you already have or ones that you can get for free.
The satisfaction of creating a scrapbook with the knowledge that you’ve done so with very minimal cost can be such a great feeling, especially when it makes your friends and families jaws drop in amazement by how good it looks. I mean this is how scrapbooking is meant to be-is it not? Weren’t early scrapbooks exactly that – books filled with scraps?
Of course they we’re, and the fact that you can buy so many materials from shops doesn’t mean that you have to in order to make it look special and beautiful.
Creating titles is common place for new scrappers to blow out their budget, spending far more money than they’d like to on single use stickers and letter sheets, the likes of which they’ll only ever use once.
The good news is there are definitely other-better and cheaper scrapbooking options for adding lettering and titles to your pages without blowing your budget, and better still-sometimes not even paying a cent.
Scrapbooking tags have long been a great way to add special notes to a page in a way that breathes new life and interactivity to the layout.
They are also a very cheap scrapbooking technique that can be a no brainer to implement. In this post we’ll be looking at a couple of simple ways to create tags, what to put on the tags, and a few different locations to place them on your page.
‘How to frame photos’ is a question that I get asked regularly as it seems to be a stumbling block for a lot of new scrappers. So in this article I’d like to show you 2 very simple and cheap scrapbooking techniques for framing photos that’ll really pop out!
The Polaroid Effect
To create a polaroid effect all you need to do is follow 3 simple steps.
First crop the photo that you want to use so that it’s a square shape (not a rectangle)
In my time as a scrapper, I have met a number of people who love scrapbooking. They come from all walks of life and there really is a diverse community of people who love and do make albums on a regular basis.
But when it comes to cheap scrapbooking, it takes a certain kind of person, or more specifically, certain kinds of personality traits, to truly be successful at this.
Buying scrapbooking supplies can be fun and an exciting activity. However, if you aren’t careful, its easy to get carried away and get caught out with a large sum at the cash register.
Here are a few of the tips I use when looking for cheap scrapbooking supplies:
Brick and Mortar Stores
Before I go to a craft store, I write out a list of supplies that I need for my current or upcoming project. Whenever I go into a store, I make sure I have this list in my hand and work hard to sticking to this list as close as possible.
After numerous discussions with scrappers about cheap scrapbooking, I come across the same line of thinking all the time. What is the biggest problem with this kind of process? “Its too hard and takes too much time”.
While this may be true for them, it may simply be because they haven’t discovered the right way to go about it. I’ve put down a few of my own techniques I use when I am saving money while scrapping.
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!
Scrapbooking was originally invented by society’s poor people, in a time when photographs were expensive and the whole family had to be there for the occasion. It was a way for the poor to preserve cherished memories without spending a fortune.
So we are going to go back to grass roots with cheap scrapbooking.
Are you tired of spending increasing amounts of money on your scrapbooks? Do you find that scrapbooking materials are just too expensive, or are you looking for a more hands on approach to scrapping?
Then you’re in the right place! Cheap scrapbooking is not a dirty term – although some may tell you it is. There is nothing wrong with saving money while making a scrapbook. In fact, I find it crazy that some people spend so much money on scrapbooking supplies just to get a cookie cutter look to their books.
Whenever I bring up the subject of cutting costs of your scrapbooking supplies or ask people how they save money when scrapping, I am usually met with uncomfortable ‘mms’ or ‘uuuhhs’, and on the odd occasion… Silence!
It seems that saving money on your materials or looking for cheaper scrapbook supplies is a taboo subject in some scrapping circles. It’s only when I point out that scrapbooking was originally invented by the poorest of people, looking for a way to preserve memories, without having to pay for a family photograph – which were incredibly expensive at the time, that people step back and listen.
There is a stigma around scrapbooking. For some reason, people believe that you have to spend a decent amount of money to get a great looking scrapbook and that cutting corners will leave you with a cheap and tatty looking album.
This school of thinking is wrong and should be stopped in its tracks. So how can you make a great looking album with cheap scrapbooking?
Easy, its all about innovation. Here’s a couple of ideas I use regularly to save money:
So you’ve been around the world or just to a country or two and you’ve taken a stack of photos and brought souvenirs – fantastic. Now you could just put all your photos into a slide show and give the souvenirs away to a lucky few.
But lets be honest, most people get bored at slide shows and the trinkets end up falling behind a book shelf or end up in a box somewhere. What you need to do is something different, something that will make people sit up and take notice of your holiday memories. You need to make a travel scrapbook.