Scrapbooking supplies are expensive. Even if money is no object, you might want to try some of these money saving tips. Some of them are environmentally friendly and help the planet, as well as helping your pocketbook.

  • Save leftover scraps of paper. Using punches, make your scraps into flowers, leaves, geometrics or other shapes that you can use later for embellishments. Store your punched out shapes by color or by shape for easy “finding” later.
  • Make leftover paper, card stock, stickers, etc., into serendipity squares to use later.
  • Use rubber stamps or punches to create alphabets rather than buying costly alphabet stickers.
  • Rather than making copies of photographs (to save the original), scan the original into the computer, edit it with photo editing software and print out on glossy photo paper. Crop your photos before you print them, saving both paper and ink.
  • Not every project requires acid free adhesives. If you’re making greeting cards, decorating a tin or box, for example, use more economically priced projects such as Aileen’s Tacky Glue or Mod Podge.
  • Similarly, not every project requires acid free embellishments or paper. If you’re not preserving memories for future generations, look to magazines, books, wrapping paper, old greeting cards and even junk mail for images and shapes that you can use in your craft projects.
  • Visit the Dollar Stores, if there are any in your area. You can often find scrapbooking and craft products at a fraction of the price.
  • Instead of throwing out old jewelry, remove stones, dangles and anything pretty. Save and use as embellishments. Wire cutters (available at hardware stores or at places where beading products are sold) will readily snip off most fasteners or other unwanted elements.
  • Remove buttons from old clothing, or purchase buttons in bulk at places like Michaels Arts and Crafts store. Buttons make great, economical embellishments. Wire cutters remove the shank readily so they lie flat on your surface.
  • Save ribbon from gift wrapped items. Use as an embellishment.
  • Remove lace from any clothing before discarding. Lace makes a wonderful embellishment.
  • If you are a needle crafter, or if you have friends who are, ask them to save scraps of fabric, wool and yarn. Use as embellishments.
  • If you must buy yarn, buy the entire ball when it is on sale, rather than buying a few yards at a time as is often sold in craft stores. Find a crafting friend to buy a second ball of yarn then split the two between you.
  • Find a feather in the park? Bring it home. Feathers are fine embellishments for projects that do not require acid free products. If you know anyone who keeps birds, ask them to save the feathers that moult off.
  • Dry flowers and leaves and use for embellishments. Dried plant products require cold lamination for most projects. Go to the Dollar Store, purchase a roll of clear shelf liner and use it to laminate your dried flowers.
  • Rather than buying costly organizers and storage containers from craft stores, check out the Dollar Stores. Containers such as the ones that people use to store a week’s pills or medications are great containers for eyelets and brads.
  • Look to office supply stores for some of your products. Push pins often work as well as paper piercing tools. Staples are serviceable, and you can color them with stamping ink if desired.
  • Rather than buying eyelets in many colors, buy white eyelets and color them with stamping inks.
  • Save envelopes of various sizes that reach you by mail. Take them apart and use them for templates to create your own envelopes to incorporate in scrapbook layouts or other projects.
  • Watch flea markets and yard sales for board games, dominoes, jigsaw puzzles and other items that can be turned into attractive, affordable embellishments.
  • Do a Google search to find quotes and sayings suitable for use in scrapbooks and cards. There are many such sites where the content is freely available.

Do you have any of your own money saving tips for scrapbooking or other crafts? Please leave a comment and let us know.

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