Friday, June 29, 2007

Frugal Fridays - Frugal Scrapbooking

I'm a scrapbooker. Correction: I'm a wanna-be scrapbooker. I love playing around with the papers, the do-dads (not the official name but you know what I mean), the adhesives, the stamps, the pens... I just about went into a happy scrapping day dream there but back to my post. All of these things can become rather expensive. What's a creative frugal mama to do?

- Always, always watch for sales. Hobby Lobby has some great 50% off sales. Michael's regularly puts their acid free cardstock on sale.

- Check clearance areas. Target and Hobby Lobby are two of my favorites for clearance stuff.

- Keep your eyes open at any store you might visit. I've heard that Big Lots and some Dollar Stores sometimes have a nice scrapbooking section. I haven't actually looked for myself yet.

- Yard sales or thrift stores. Lots of people try a craft and don't like it so their things end up in a yard sale for us to find. I've seen albums (still in the shrink wrap), kits, rubber stamps, pretty much anything.

- E-bay or websites. I can lose a lot of time browsing e-bay if I'm not careful. There are some good buys and some junk. To me e-bay is most helpful when I'm looking for something specific and can't pay the retail price.

- Trade with friends. If you have friends who are fellow crafters you can sometimes trade things that you ended up not liking or using. Your mistake may be a blessing to someone else.

- Develop a traditional, minimalist style. Sure a lot of the do-dads are cute but do they really add much to your pictures? It's about preserving your history and those precious family moments, not about how much bling you display on one page. This is your chance to be creative but that doesn't have to mean spending the big bucks.

- Use what you have. Most of us who enjoy (or think we enjoy) scrapbooking have plenty of supplies. Be honest when evaluating and then purpose not to buy anything else until you've finished a set amount of pages, used a certain amount of supplies, or whatever you determine. Then stay out of the stores until that happens.

Now, if you'll excuse me, my scrap stash is calling my name! If you've got scrapbooking tips I didn't mention please leave them in my comments - I'd love some more ideas! And find lots of great frugal tips on many different things at Biblical Womanhood, hosted by Crystal.


JoAnn said...

Great tips! Thanks for sharing them.

Sherry said...

Nice tips. Now if I can just find the time to scrapbook!

Anonymous said...

I'm a "wanna-be" too! Hobby Lobby also has a printable coupon every week (through their website, you can also sign up for a weekly e-mail but it's not necessary), every few weeks it will be one item 40% off. I think you can print multiple coupons and go in multiple times. (this wouldn't be frugal but might be good if you know what FEW things you need)


Anonymous said...

Big Lots is one of my favorite stores, and their scrapbook section is great! The only bummer is that if you see it you'd better get it because it probably won't be there when you come back! :)They get the "name brand" stuff and sell it for $1-$2. We recently got a small Hallmark picture book (still with the Hallmark $12.00 tag of course) for $1. I also just recently got a "K&C Company" small scrapbook for $4 there.

So I recommend BigLots. ;) And of course the Dollar Store is another one of my favorite stores... :)


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