Top 10 Money Saving Scrap Tips!

10. Do not impulse shop! If you are like me, once you see something that you “absolutely need” you get the urge to buy it immediately. My best tip is to be patient and wait. Often times something you think you need, you might not even use. Purchase only the necessary tools and supplies needed to complete the project(s) you are working on in the moment, everything else should be placed as secondary. Keep those things on a separate list and if they are still “needed” at the end of the month, then go back and purchase them. (Also keep in mind that scrapbooking trends are constantly changing and something you bought last month might not be of any use this month.)
9. Recycle Your Chipboard. Buy a sheet, or pack, of chipboard accents, punch them out, use and re-use them. Instead of using them once, use them as stencils to use over and over again. (Stencils in general are more time consuming to use, but save you tons of money!)
8. Become Friendly at Your Scrap Shops. Ask your local scrapbook store if they give out frequent shopper cards. This is a great way to earn points (and get goodies in return) for all of the money you spend. Often times the more you shop at a store, the more perks you will recieve.
7. Buy the “stack”. Purchase your patterned paper in “Stacks” (from brands, such as DCWV). These stacks come with over 60 sheets of 12″x12″ or 8 1/2″x11″ paper with various patterns and designs and are usually on sale at Jo-Anne Fabrics for less than $10. (Stacks are a great product for people who scrapbook often and use lots of paper. The only downfall is if you don’t use the paper often they will eventually become outdated and might never be used.)
6. Be a bargain shopper. Wake up early on a Saturday morning and hit the garage sales! Search for storage containers, little plastic and glass jars, and paper trays. This is  a great way to build your scrapbook storage area or expand on your already built scrapbook studio.
5. Utilize the Web. Instead of purchasing a magazine subscription or buying scrapbook idea books search the web for layout ideas, scrapbook tips, and info on the layest trends. My favorite sites to search are www.scrapbook.com and www.twopeasinabucket.com. (Search through different blogs daily to get a frequent dose of inspiration!) Another great place to search is your local library system. You can check out the books for free and keep them for at least 30 days, which gives you just enough time to find the ideas you like and put them into action! Bookmark my site and check it daily for some quick info on the latest trends, ideas, and layout designs.
4. Schedule a Scrap Swap! Gather all of your unused products and supplies and meet up with your fellow scrappers. Trade your stuff for other products and supplies that your friends no longer want. Most often you’ll find that what others consider trash you consider treasure!
3. Go on a Scavenger Hunt. Search your house for embellishments. You’ll be surprised how much stuff you can find around the house that can be utilized in your layouts, such as bobby bins, a stapler with staples, paper clips, old hair clips, yarn, bottle caps, thread, old buttons, and so much more. Be creative and incorporate the things you already own. Most of your basic scrapbook tools are things you probably already have hanging around the house, such as scissors and adhesives.
2. Scan the dollar section! Check your local Target and Dollar stores for great $1 deals. The dollar section is usually located at the entrance of most Target stores and is jam-packed with scrapping goodies. Although these products are not always of the best quality, considering thier price they’re a steal! I constantly find myself stacking up on cute ribbons, stamps, stickers, and papers because with each new season comes new goodies…so shop often!
 1. Clip some Coupons. Take advantage of the Sunday morning paper by clipping out the coupons from the Jo-Anne Fabrics and Michael’s ads. These stores have great deals on scrapbooking products year round! (Check my sight regularly for weekly links to these great coupons.)
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