Not much money

Sarah - posted on 02/21/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any ideas for simple layouts or creative ways to start my sons scrapbook. I am stuck!!

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Liz - posted on 02/24/2010

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I recommend also checking out twopeasinabucket.com and splitcoaststampers.com. Both have galleries that you can browse for inspiration!

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Taniesa - posted on 03/26/2010

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What I did was went to Walmart and got all the materials and bought ink for my printer. I printed all the pictures that I wanted to use. Put them on the pages and decorated them with stencils and little things like that. I was very inexpensive for me. I have her whole first year completed, and now I am working on her second year scrapbook.

Nicole - posted on 03/25/2010

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check dollar stores in ur area. usually they have lots of paper and cute stickers to start with, or ther are sites u can go onto and create ur pages and have them shipped to you for low cost.

Kirstin - posted on 03/25/2010

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Framing your photos with mutli colored paper can add alot of color to a page and make it fun... Also cutting photos into fun shapes can fit more photos on each page and get rid of background items in a photo that arent relevent...

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also if the paper scraps are big enough, save them don't toss them...they can be used for other things too..I have a big plastic tote with "scrap paper" in it..great for cutting into strips and weaving together or cutting a shape out of..the possibilities are endless..

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Like pamela said..it doesn't have to be expensive...see if your local craft store has a news letter or a discount coupon that they can send you in the mail, then buy paper in larger packs..I get discount coupons from joann fabrics and they email them to me, plus i get them in the mail, I can get 40 to 50 % off of one item when I shop so I usually pick up a large stack of paper. If it's 20 dollars normally, then it's only 10 or 12 with the coupon. Also if you have a glue runner, buy refills for it, at walmart I bought the glue runner for about 3 dollars and the refills are two for 2.50 which saves lots...We also have a local dollar store that has scrapbooking supplies so I tend to go there when i can cuz if everything is a dollar, I don't feel so bad for spending 20 bucks on supplies. You can also check ebay..sometimes you can get good deals on peoples supplies of stuff that they are getting rid of...but that's usually a bit more expensive. We also use a program called picasa that we downloaded to our computer that we can do some effects with our pics on so that we don't have to take them somewhere to have them developed and have fancy stuff done to them. You can also make cute layouts such as a beach scene by taking pics you print from home and "wash" away the edges with a baby wipe. For a cool inexpensive look..I'm sure you have wipes around..lol...also think of little momentos that make a memory special. When I scrapbooked my baby shower, I saved pieces of the gift bags and pieces of the cards and used them to accent the pages. If you know your going to scrapbook something in advance..(say a shower or a birthday) keep momentos to use to cut up and play with. Plus I keep xmas cards, birthday cards, cute gift bags, heck i've even kept labels off of and iced tea box cuz i thought it was neat...ect and cut parts of them out for pages..I also hit the good will and st vincent depaul in my area (I don't know of you have those or not) but they are local thrift stores that people donate stuff to. You'd be amazed at what you can find there. Old picture frames for a dollar or two and you can take the mats out of them, iron on patches that you can glue to your paper..ect..lots of creative things that don't have to cost a lot..You can buy a stencil for lettering and use pens to put titles and messages on the paper....Then the stencil is reusable and you don't have to keep buying stickers. .Hope that helps get your creative juices flowing...using your brain not your wallet can save you big in the long run..Happy creating

Sarah - posted on 03/10/2010

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I like to go to Hobby Lobby/Michael's - think big craft stores - when they have their sales on fabric & ribbon. I have used these things as embellishments in my albums and can get 3 large rolls of ribbon for the cost of a small "tube" of ribbon in the scrapbook department. Think outside the box on things to add to your pages - confetti, stickers from their favorite cartoons, cards, etc... HTH

Kelly - posted on 02/28/2010

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This isn't my question but I've learned a lot!! Also check out the doller trees, big lots, and never never never forget the clearance isle at all the stores! pick up anything you may be able to use!!

Cheryl - posted on 02/28/2010

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It doesn't take much money for a simple layout. I like to use a lot of journaling, which actually can take up a lot of room on a page. This it the most important feature to use when describing a picture. It brings out the theme, the mood, people that may have been there for the event, and etc. You are also letting the reader in on important facts surrounding the picture or event. With children, this is what they want to see when they get older and helps you remember things you would normally forget.

Liz - posted on 02/26/2010

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I get this question all the time! So to officially and thoroughly answer it, I challenged myself to create enough pages to fill a scrapbook for $20. I'm almost finished, and will have it all posted up on my blog with a purchase guide :) It can be done, I promise! Check out: www.justyesterdayscrapbooks.blogspot.com

Vickie - posted on 02/22/2010

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Greeting cards can be turned into nice add-ons. You can cut out the parts you really like & work them into your page. Also watch for sales. Michael's, Joann's & A.C. Moore are always having sales & all 3 take competitor's coupons too.

Pamela - posted on 02/22/2010

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Yes, scrapbooking can be a very expensive hobby, but it doesn't have to be. Paper choice can really make your photos pop, which is the real focus of the page anyway. You can double and even tripple mat photos as paper is the most cost effective part of of layout. In addition....jouranal...that's just an acid lignin free pen and your writing...lastly I imagine your busy with things. Think everyday items...for example use a dish to cut out circles, or a small circular item use blue paper and you instantly have mede bubbles for a bath page.... extra buttons in your home....can be used. trace a gift tag and cut it out. So many things you can buy a bottle of spray about 6 or 7 dollars that removes acid from everyday paper... and then for example cut an embellisment from a cereal box...or whatever! (be sure to use the de acid spray). If you are using sticker letters. Be sure to use the negative space after you use the actual letter...the space left from that letter can be colored and cut out....two letters for one! I hope this helps...scrapbooking doesn't have to be expensive. I hope this helps.

Sincerely,

Pam

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