There’s nothing better than taking your precious photos and other items and creating beautiful memory albums and scrapbooks from them. It ensures you’ll always be able to look back at those memories and smile.
But we all know that scrapbooking can be an expensive hobby. It doesn’t have to be, though, and we’re here to help with our thoughts on where to save and where to splurge with scrapbooking supplies.
Four Scrapbooking Supplies to Splurge On
1: Paper. Scrapbooking Paper, specifically cardstock, tops our list of items to splurge on because it’s so important to make sure you’re purchasing the right type of paper. If you don’t purchase acid-free and archival safe paper, your scrapbook and the photos placed on the paper, could change over time, turning yellow, darkening or even decaying.
It’s also a great splurge because the right paper sets the tone for your entire project and theme. You can also achieve specific looks just by using different types of specialty paper. Creating a scrapbook from your wedding? Try using vellum for some layering techniques. This semi-translucent paper gives instant elegance to any project.
2: Quality Prints. Printing your photos is another place to splurge, because if you know it was done right, you can ensure they will last the test of time.
3: Cutting Tools. If you are scrapbooking often, splurging on scrapbooking craft tools is a no brainer, especially a paper cutter and other cutting tools. Most paper cutters let you see the cut before you make it to ensure perfect results and many include measurements so you can get the right cut, perfectly measured, the first time.
The right paper cutter will save you time in getting the right cut exactly when you need it. Let’s face it; it will probably save you lots of paper, too, from not having to try to cut a straight line over and over!
4: Pens & Markers. We love seeing handwritten words and designs on scrapbooks and memory albums, but of course, it’s all about using the right tool. Splurge on one quality set of archival pens or specialty craft pens so you can ensure they last the test of time. These scrapbooking supplies can also provide many uses, too. Use them to:
- Add dimension or glitter
- Add notes or words
- Add hand drawn embellishments
Use calligraphy pens for words, gel pens for dimension, craft markers for drawing and journaling pens with a fine point for precise images or words.
Four Scrapbooking Supplies to Save On
1: Embellishments. Scrapbooking embellishments are one of the areas we frequently save on because we love collecting items from our travel, activities and even every day life. It’s easy to upcycle items you already have and reuse them in scrapbooking projects. Here are some of our favorites:
- Ticket stubs
- Wrapping paper
- Old greeting cards
- Paper flowers
- Fabric – even old t-shirts or other clothing items
2: Albums. Think about your favorite scrapbook you’ve created. Now, think about the cover. Do you remember what it looks like? Chances are no. Since the cover of your scrapbooking isn’t exactly the focal point, one area to save is on scrapbooks and albums. It’s typically inexpensive to purchase a quality album, so don’t feel like you have to pay an arm and a leg just for an album.
3. Themed Products. Theme-specific items are another area you can save because, like embellishments, you may find items to use for free. In addition, with theme-specific items, chances are you’re only going to use those items once. Your money may be better spent on items that you’ll get a lot of use from.
4. Storage. Scrapbooking storage is great, but it’s an area that you don’t necessarily have to splurge on. Like embellishments, scrapbook paper storage and crafting storage in general is an area where you can reuse items you already have. Most items that are designed for everyday storage work well for crafting storage, too. If you don’t have any storage containers or plastic bags handy at home, you can pick up many of these items for affordable prices at stores like Target or even a dollar store.
With organization, whatever works best for you is how you should do it, so don’t feel like you have to spend an arm and a leg for scrapbook-specific storage items. Use a file folder and an old photo storage box if you’d like!
So now that we’ve gone over our favorite items to splurge and save on, we want to hear what you think! Share below on items you love to splurge on or scrapbook supplies you frequently save on.