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« on: July 13, 2005 04:25:04 PM »

I've taken up scrapbooking only recently, but I'm working on one for family vacations, birthdays, and dance.  I went to Michaels and took a class with my mom...i know it sounds stupid, but i had no idea what to do!  We bought all this stuff there and checked out this place called Memories and Beyond.  They had A LOT of awesome things, but they were so expensive!  Does ne one know ne stores that aren't expensive for scrapbooking or have ideas on ways to keep my budget??  HELP!    Huh Roll Eyes Grin
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2005 10:52:35 AM »

I'm glad you are starting to get involved in scrapbooking, it is so much fun!  I recommend starting out with more simple products at first, just because with everything out there it can be really overwhelming.  When I started, I had a friend who had already been scrapbooking for awhile, so she helped me with the basics.  So did taking a class.  And I think the best advice is to learn how to use your paper effectively...you don't need a $4.00 sticker to make a page look great.  I am a broke college student, so I am very creative with my products.  Learn how to be comfortable with all kinds of paper and you'll be off to a great start.  Good luck! Smiley
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2005 04:55:59 PM »

thanks!  im kinda broke too, but i have my mom helping me out...unfortunately, we can't exactly spend 50 bucks on all these awesome things at Michaels and fancy craft stores!  Roll Eyes
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2005 07:41:48 AM »

« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2005 12:08:41 PM »

The first thing I would do is check out sites like 2 peas in a bucket that have galleries.  Look at the layouts in the galleries and make notes about layouts that you're attracted to. This will help you to define your style and make it easier to know what sorts of embellishments you should buy.  You're obviously going to need some staple stuff (paper, adhesives, a trimmer to cut your paper with).  As far as the other stuff goes, you should get a feel first for what you'd want to use before you go out and spend a ton of money on tools and embellishments that you may end up not using very much.  I did that when I was first starting out and ended up throwing alot of stuff away.  Right now my favorite things to use on pages are office supply items, acrylic paint, and dymo labeling tape, all of which are pretty inexpensive.

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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2005 12:33:17 PM »

Maybe try ebay for your supplies?  it could help reduce costs  Smiley

If you have image editing software on your computer, digital photos or a scanner you could start digiscrapping Smiley  a few good sites for that are
scrapbook-elements.com  - they have tutorials to help you get started and a great gallery of other digital scrapbook layouts
scrapbook-bytes.com - they have LOTS and LOTS of tutorials for every program, a forum dedicated to digital scrapping and online crops for beginners

I see paper scrapbooking as expensive no matter how frugal you try to be..LOL

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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2005 09:33:06 AM »

walmart has actually started getting in a lot of cute things, and they're a bit cheaper than Michael's.  also the dollar stores!!  a lot of them have been getting stuff too!  also, if you do want to buy stuff at michael's or joann's or hobby lobby, always wait until it's on sale!! cause whatever it is you want, stickers, stamps, paper, etc...it WILL go on sale at one of these places!!  and you can sign up on their websites for the internet ads and coupons too.  michael's and joann's both do 40-50% off one item coupons all the time. 
beyond the stores, i would just look around your house. you probably have all kinds of stuff that you didn't even think about using:  wrapping paper, magazines, old books, receipts, ticket stubs, use your old crayons and markers to make your own pretty patterned paper, hmm...sewing supplies like threads and buttons and fabrics are fun embellishments, k i can't think of anything else right now.
i hope this helps you out some though!  Cheesy

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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2005 03:45:15 PM »

thanx!  i like the idea of using wrapping paper.... Grin
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2005 09:29:32 PM »

I love the idea of looking around your house.  Some items I've used that are a little off the wall, but turned out great:
Pajama pants
buttons (I got two big medicine bottles free at a garage sale--SCORE!!)
broken beads
pop tabs

Also try Target.  I just got some metal embellishments for .74 a pack on clearance there tonight!!
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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2005 11:58:47 AM »

The Dollar Tree has lots of great scrapbooking paper & embellishments for only a dollar each!  i don't know if there is one in your area but check out their website, they have a store locator (www.dollartree.com).  & i agree non-traditional around the house stuff is really great to use too!  so before you throw something out, always think if you can use it for your scrapbook!! 

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« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2005 06:08:57 PM »

thanx for all of your ideas!  i (for some reason) still have my pj pants from a while ago and onwards  i just might use them, i like that idea alot..... Smiley Smiley Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2005 06:12:34 PM »

Dollar Tree (DEFINITELY)
Target (try their dollar section!!!)
For funky embellishments, try flea markets and like everyone else said, around the house
JoAnns is a little expensive, but they have AMAZING sales almost all of the time. Join their online mailing list, you get tons of coupons. I recently paid $3 for 12 sheets of 12 x 12 paper. It was an AMAZING deal.

Don't be afraid to look around, scrapbooking doesn't have to be expensive!

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« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2005 06:22:35 PM »

WOW!!!  That's a great deal-I have to go there sometime soon.....  Grin
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2009 10:58:02 AM »

I know this post is old, but I wanted to add to it for people reading it now.

I have found that Dollar Tree (at least the ones in my area) don't have as much scrapbooking stuff anymore.  They used to have almost a whole side of an aisle (with the school supplies) full of adhesives, paper packs, and sticker packs, now... not so much.  But definitely still check 'em out. You never know.

My main place for stuff now is Oriental Trading Co.  www.orientaltrading.com  They have a whole catalog devoted to Scrapbooking (& now beading!!  YAY!!!!)  I have found sooo many cute things.  Its already fairly inexpensive, and a lot of things are kinda in 'bulk'.  Like their charms and such come in a pack of 36.  It ususally 6 each of 6 different styles.  I take out a couple of each one and then resell the rest on eBay in "Mystery Lots" to help support my habit HAHA!  I put together a bunch of extra stuff I know I won't use from other paper stacks, half used sticker sheets I'm tired of and send off my package.  I always get excellent fedback on them!  I find its a great way to have avariety of item with out the huge cost.  Having said that I still have enough 12x12 paper to make a stack 4 feet high! HAHHAHAAA!
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