This post is for all those scrapbookers out there who are also trying to watch your spending, which can at times seem impossible with the myriad of tools, papers, embellishments available. Since we try to keep on a fairly strict budget and scrapbooking falls into the discretionary category, I have become the Queen of frugal scrapping. It’s not necessary to sacrifice style to cut costs and listed below are some tips for scrapping on a budget.
Throughout this post I have incorporated some examples of layouts from my own collection, so you can see these techniques at work. Hope you enjoy the layouts and tips and can start saving money while still having a great time scrapping and preserving your memories.
Save your scraps.
Each piece is precious. Ok, you don’t have to save every piece, but if it’s bigger than a 1″ x 1″ square it’s worth saving. If you have a good system to organize your scraps by color or theme you can use them later to make cards, punches and small die cuts. A technique I love is color blocking and it is also a great way to use old scraps. Also if you only have one piece of patterned paper using it in blocks can be very efficient and a great way to incorporate a lot of photos. You can also use one smaller piece on a plain background if you don’t have a full 12×12 sheet. Sometimes this is all the pattern you need for your layout. Read the rest of this entry »