Affordable Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is the fastest growing craft industry in the US but can be expensive. These ideas will help you preserve your memories on a budget!

Scrapbooking is the fastest growing craft industry in the United States and is rapidly growing in popularity around the world. Preserving your photographs for generations to come does not have to be expensive if you focus on the necessary tools without allowing yourself to get caught up wanting to purchase all of the newest tools and gadgets available. These steps can help insure that you will enjoy your hobby for a long time affordably.

ACID FREE, BUFFERED AND LIGNIN FREE PAPER

These terms are not used as hype. If you want your photo's to be archival safe purchasing papers and glues that are non-acidic is very important. Buffered paper is paper that has calcium carbonate added to counteract the acids that may form later. In a way they neutralize acids and keep them from spreading to your layout. Part of affordable scrapbooking is preserving your photos right the first time!

SUPPLIES AND MONEY

Set aside a budgeted amount of money for hobby supplies. Only purchase what you can afford. Telling ourselves that it is only .50 or 1.00 can be an excuse that adds up to $$$ fast!



AVOID COLLECTION MODE

Collecting every new punch or gadget with a 'must have' attitude regardless of your hobby budget has happened to many scrapbookers. If you feel yourself wishing for more and more products it would be more economical for you to invest in a scrapbooking class. Some three hour classes allow you to use all of their punches, pens, cutters, templates, etc. for a total of $5.

START A SCRAPBOOK GROUP

Finding friends that share your hobby can be a wonderful way to share equipment,try out new products and see what tools you will really use most often before buying. Some groups exchange pages or paper piecings. If you participate in a page layout swap look for page items you can buy in multiple packages for the discount. Paper piecing trades can be very economical. You can create about 12 paper piecings from 3-4 pieces of paper and a used coloring book pattern. In return you could find yourself with a wide variety of piecings that could complete 12 adorable pages.

ONLINE RESOURCES

There are also many good web sites that offer product reviews and e-mail groups that help you do your homework on products prior to buying. Scrapbook groups can also help motivate you to scrapbook on a regular basis.

ENTER CONTESTS

Pick your favorite pages and enter contests at local scrapbook stores and online web sites. This is an excellent way to recieve store gift certificates or scrapbook product packages. If you don't think your pages are good enough look for contest's that are designed for "Page Make-Overs"!

PURCHASE PAST ISSUES OF MAGAZINES

Scrapbook magazines offer wonderful idea's on scrapbooking but can be very costly. Look for pst monthly issues as a way to still enjoy this treat without paying the cover price.

Remember...Scrapbooking is a process, not an event!

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