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« on: February 06, 2008 01:13:42 PM »

I have never scrapbooked before, but have committed to making two albums as gifts. The first I'd like to have done by April is my sister's wedding album. The second is a memory album for my brother in law (his is a surprise). I'd also like to get started on a "year 1" album for my daughter and possibly an album for myself at some point. I've become quite captivated with scrapping!!

Now I need to ask: Where do you get your supplies? I'm on a pretty skinny budget at the moment, but would like my albums to be very elegant and timeless. I've done some research and have decided I'm not so much into the froofy stickers and whatnot. I like the journaling techniques a lot and using different blocks/frames.

Any recommendations as "must have"? I think those die cutter machines are really cool, but am not sure I can afford one. But, I do like the idea of tags. My area does not have any craft stores except for Walmart, so everything will pretty much be bought online.

Finding affordable paper is priority #1. I'd like to do my sister's album in a classic, possibly vintage sort of feel, no pastels.

TIA! Grin
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2008 08:13:39 PM »

My favorite things I've put in scrap books weren't from the craft store at all Smiley

3/4 of the background paper in my wedding album was recycled gift wrap from showers and wedding presents. Most of the cards got included too, many cut to decorate a page.

Movie ticket stubs, putt-putt golf score cards,  post cards, all the ephemera of everyday life is my personal favorite stuff to scrabook with Smiley Don't get me wrong, I buy pretty paper and own 5 million pairs of scissors, but I think those things make it "mine" over being "anybodys". I buy a lot of solid colored card stock & draw my own borders.
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2008 11:31:10 AM »

what size books are you thinking about making? there are some good sites and ebay is good sometimes. shipping can sometimes be high on paper.
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2008 02:00:21 PM »

I was thinking of doing both albums in 12x12. I have a lot of photos for both.

« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2008 02:16:27 PM »

The dollar stores in my area have some amazing scrapbooking aisles.
Between that, Walmart, and what I find on sale at Michaels... I'm able to be a beginner scrapbooker on a budget.

- Crochet: Baby Blanket
- Scrapbooking: Ongoing scrapbook
- Body: Creating a baby!!

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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2008 10:45:10 AM »

I would just be careful about wrapping paper since it's usually not acid free and will damage pictures over time.
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2008 05:51:19 AM »

hobby lobby stores have an awesome assortment of scrapbooking stuff at reasonable prices.  if you don't have a store in your city try www.craftsetc.com, which is HL's online store.
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2008 07:23:47 AM »

I was just thinking, you could probably do both albums just using solid cardstock, which is cheaper than patterned paper.  If you want, you can decorate the paper yourself with stamps (some are very cheap), stencils and acrylic paints (less than a dollar each in the paint section, don't buy the expensive kind in the scrapbook section, no need), water colors, etc. 

You can paint using different faux finish techniques to get different textures. Sponge painting, ragging, using a feather duster (a really neat effect, you dip it and hit the paper with it, rotate, hit again until you get the look you want) spatter painting, etc.

Michaels craft stores have dollar bins of ribbons, some of which are very nice, and a dollar section usually near the registers with even more ribbons. For tags, there are most likely free templates online that you can print and cut out yourself. 

I don't have a good source for digital freebies, but I'm sure there are some out there, and even if there aren't, digital stuff is usually cheaper than physical.  I know you're not doing a digital book, but you can still print out digital papers to use in your physical book.  12 x 12 printers are expensive, but you can print the papers out smaller and use as mats, and this way you only pay for it once and can print as many copies as you need. 
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2008 09:14:31 PM »

If you don't mind purchasing items online I recommend

addictedtoscrapbooking.com or addictedtorubberstamps.com

they always have awesome sales and they have ways you can save extra such as if you purchase over 25 dollars you get to choose one free item. also there is a bonus rewards if you put in a certain code they tell you about on their sale page to get 5% of your previous purchase towards your next purchase.
Also daily/weekly items are 10-20% off!!!

I hope that helps!!!



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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2008 03:18:20 PM »

Try www.frugalities.com.  I recently ordered from them for the first time and was very happy.  They discount everything and the discount changes each day.  I was able to get 49% off everything I ordered because I took a short survey about the website and what I would like to see for sale. 

They say that their shipping takes a lot longer than some of the other websites out there but I didn't find that to be true at all.  I ordered on a Friday and had my stamps by the next Thursday.   Grin


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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2008 08:08:18 PM »

It's great that there are lots of craft store and website in your country.
But it is very difficult to find the papercraft store in my site...Thailand!!!

 Cry Cry Cry

« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2008 09:25:09 AM »

ooh I loved the frugalities.com website! The paper packs that I wanted were 49% off...but then I found out that they don't ship to Canada!! {sob!}

« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2008 11:07:55 PM »

For ideas and inspiration?
www.scrapbook.com The gallery is amazing! Tons of ideas and much more affordable than buying a magazine or book.
www.pagemaps.com She has gorgeous sketches of pages that really rev up your creativity.
Your public library. Sure the scrapbooking books may be on the older side, but you never know what techniques or title inspiration or journal inspiration you can get from them! Angie Pederson's books are a little on the primitive side craftwise, but are a goldmine for ideas for your own pages and journaling! The big old Creating Keepsake books always have a bunch of techniques.

For supplies:
www.busybeescrapbooking.com <--- You can get whole lines or paperpacks here from between $4 and $13. I love their selection of papers and the option to purchase single sheets or whole packs.

www.embellishonline.com <--- They have great clearance sales, have the whole range of Basic Grey (my favorite paper line.) and their free shipping kicks in at $45 - the least expensive place I've come across.

www.frugalities.com <--- While their stuff is not always the most new or updated, I do love that they have revolving sales. It does help the ol' pocketbook out. Smiley

Also, I know you said you only have a Walmart, but if you have a Dollar Tree, Dollar General, or Big Lots, these places (especially Big Lots) are great places to find surprises. I've gotten namebrand embellishments at Big Lots for a dollar. And Dollar Tree generally has namebrand knockoffs that work great.

I also like the idea of printing off digital things. One site I like for this "hybrid" scrapping is : http://www.altscrap.com/index.php. You can also just google scrapbook freebies or digital scrapbook freebies.

Have fun!
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