Earlier in my scrapbooking career, I would see gorgeous new paper lines and lose my mind purchasing 2-3 sheets of each sheet within a line if the paper was double-sided. If there were tags, quotes or sayings on one side I definitely had to get multiples so that I had “enough” to use the tags, journal cards, etc. and still be able to use the pattern on the back. As you can imagine this was quite expensive.
Fast forward to today. I have a lot of “retired” paper lines, untouched. I have more flowers and embellishments than a small craft store. Between your scrapbook stash and those of your closest friends and scrapbook pals, could you open a small craft store? 🙂 Now there are 3 scrapbook supplies I never buy at full price. Continue reading “3 Scrapbook Supplies I Never Buy at Full Price”
So you were just notified that your favorite scrapbook expert is coming and their class costs what?? Have you noticed that the cost to attend workshops taught by some industry leaders is ever increasing. I have never been one to be star struck or awestruck over anyone, however there are certain scrapbook experts that have techniques and styles I enjoy. The inclination to register for the class would have to be within reason regardless. I know the “within reason” is different for everyone.
Whatever the cost for the workshop or class, there are some things to consider. Like, what is the class really worth? I have to ask myself, am I paying $$ or $$$ because of the expert teaching the class or does the project really interest me?
Top reasons for signing up for a class:
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Although there are probably many items you can think of, these are just 3 craft items you should not buy. You are better off making exactly what you need and saving paper and money.
Large Die-cut packs
Instead of purchasing die-cut packs of 100 pieces, let those deals inspire you to create your own themed packs with your Cricut. Oftentimes, when we purchase the 100+ packs because it is such a great deal, we end up with 90 pieces leftover that we never use. In retrospect that 100 piece pack at $4.99 that we justified was such a great deal because it was a nickel a piece for each adorable die cut, title card, journal card, and so on really ends up costing 10 times that. It is better to just buy the specific pieces we need and avoid the waste. Continue reading “3 Craft Items You Should Not Buy”
Personalized Gifts You Can Make Over and Over…
Personalize a frame with a first or last name or a word
When you think of personalized or homemade gifts it doesn’t have to mean the gift looks homemade. Also, you don’t have to pay someone else to make it, and wait weeks for it to arrive because it is a custom gift. You can customize this beautiful gift over and over. Different letters, custom colors, the background and framing of the letters is up to you. Just purchase a beautiful frame and customize the rest.
A good friend of mine who obviously has a great eye for “letters found in nature” made a beautiful gift for me that was my last name and one of my wedding photos. Knowing how much I enjoy this personal gift, I decided to bless a friend with one.
I enjoy finding ways to use my scrapbook paper scraps and making this accordion mini album was no different. Paper scraps use is always an awesome way to preserve your budget while transforming those pretty little scraps into something delightful. Lets face it, they are kind of hard to part with.
Since it is a good idea to cut your scraps down to manageable squares (6×6, 5×5, and so on), they are already a perfect size for use in mini albums, cards, tags, book markers, etc. I especially love it when I can make an entire mini album.
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MyStik Adhesive by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Review
Product Description: MyStik Customizable Adhesive Tool
Price (retail): $7.99
What is in the package: one MyStik Adhesive Dispenser and one Permanent Adhesive Cartridge
Best place to purchase: Amazon.com
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10 Continue reading “Why MyStik Adhesive is My Tape Runner of Choice for Paper Crafting”
Using your leftover scrapbook paper is good for your scrapbook budget. How many times have you completed a project and ended up with lots of leftover paper, ribbon, unused letters? Here are 7 fun uses for leftover scrap paper. Continue reading “7 Fun Uses for Leftover Scrapbook Paper”
There are so many uses for leftover scrapbook paper. There is no need to throw away your scraps. I have made use of my scraps to make an envelope album. You can also include tags and additional photo mats.