How to Scrapbook on a Budget
It is easy to walk down the isles of your local crafting store and feel the need to buy absolutely everything! But that is bound to break the bank sooner than later. With a little bit of creativity, you can create one of a kind, stylish pages without breaking the bank by using these cheap scrapbooking hacks.
1. Use Free Printables
One of my favorite cheap scrapbooking tips is to use free printables. The internet is a treasure trove of them and there is an amazing scrapbooking community that you can draw from where many crafters post free printables on their blogs. You can find a range of great stuff, from patterns to banners, to tags and embellishments.
Just print out some pages at work and get to cutting! Couldn’t be cheaper and you can get great variety in your projects with what feels like an infinite supply of free printables to choose from.
Also, check out my page on Free Scrapbooking Clip Art for more ideas.
2. Raid Hardware Stores for Paintchips
There is no better place to stock up on free crafting supplies than the hardware store. Head over to the paint isle and load up on the paint chip sample cards.
Choose colors you love. Go wild! Paint chips are perfect for creating an ombre effect. You can use a paper punch to create your own embellishments as well!
3. Base Your Design Around Souvenirs
Once you start your scrapbooking journey, you will start to see souvenirs everywhere.
From napkins, to ticket stubs, to business cards – anything can be a potential souvenir! Keep an eye out for maps, menus, brochures etc as well. Anything that will remind you of your trip/night out etc.
4. Cookie Cutters are Your Friends
Cookie cutters can be used as basically another stencil option. They can be used as guidelines for cutting out shapes and drawing outlines.
You might want to consider journaling inside the outlines you make, to create an easy, whimsical addition to your layout.
5. Scapbooking and Old Books
One of the best cheap scrapbooking hacks? Use what you have! From watercolors to origami, old books are a treasure trove of creative design ideas!
6. Get in touch with nature
You can’t get cheaper than free! Take advantage of the changing of the seasons and use different colored leaves in your creations. You can also paint one side of the leaf and press it on the page to create a beautiful print (this can make for a great background pattern as well). You can also make DIY
Pressed flowers are also beautiful additions to your layout. You can use a flat iron to press the flowers if you don’t feel like waiting for them to press naturally between the pages of a heavy book.
Got spare buttons lying around?! Put those to use as another cheap scrapbooking hack. They make for great ephemera, adding texture and fun to your layout.
Try using buttons as a border, or make fun shapes with them!
8. Take the twine out of the kitchen
Another great hack is to take twine and use it to make patterns. From a border to a trendy chevron pattern – some twine can really help make your photo stand out.
Also try using it to make an embroidered look or as string in balloons for a fun party theme!
9. Washi tape
There are so many great uses for washi tape! Check out my post on how to use it for some great ideas.
Comment below if you have additional money-saving ideas! I’d love to hear them.