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5 Ways to Save Money on Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking has captured the hearts - and pocketbooks - of many artistic crafters. How often do we scan the sales flyers of well-known craft stores? Our eyes light up when we see scrapbook articles listed there. Yes! We’re on our way, but alas it’s difficult to purchase only those items listed on the sales flyer. There are so many things that would “be perfect” for that page that is vivid in our minds eye.

Don’t despair. You don’t have to ruin your savings account to create unique pages that will journal those important moments for generations to come. Here are some unique ways to keep your pocketbook safe while creating truly one-of-a-kind works of art.

1. Avoid craft stores
No, I’m not talking about giving up the craft, but craft stores aren’t the only places out there that sell the ribbons and papers that you need. Check at your local dollar stores. You’ll be amazed at the number of commonly used items stocking their shelves. You may want to get online and visit the many discount stores on the Web. Keep a sharp eye for bargains on your everyday shopping excursions to shave dollars from your scrapbooking expenses.

2. Use leftovers
What could be a better setting for journaling the events of a wedding than items from the wedding itself? Keep the napkins, programs, ribbons, invitations, etc. from the weddings, bridal showers, baby showers or birthday parties you attend. Use them to tell the story of the memorial events that you are preserving so beautifully. You’ll have beautiful content absolutely free.

3. Treasure Hunt
Treasure hunts are a lot of fun, but you’ve got to keep your eyes open to get the gold. Watch for end-of-season, or after-the-holiday sales. Those red velvet Christmas ribbons would be perfect for a Valentine’s page. Don’t be afraid to browse the aisles of local thrift stores. You never know what you’ll find until you set out to explore.

4. Network
There’s power in numbers. You most likely have friends who scrapbook. Get together and buy items bulk or wholesale and split the cost. Check out online discount stores and watch for free shipping sites for additional savings. Friends help friends save money, eh?

5. Stock up on Multiple Use Items
Those one-time items aren’t very cost effective. You’ll be able to get more for your money if you keep items on hand that will go with a variety of styles. When you’re shopping, opt for basic papers and ribbons that will work for birthdays, weddings, and summer vacations. You’ll save time, gas money, and won’t be tempted to indulge on tempting impulse items.

You can still have fun, and be thrifty as well. Alert shoppers get what they want - without shelling out too many bucks. Are you ready to start saving now?