Frugal Scrapbooking Ideas

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					Generally speaking, serious scrapbookers spend a good deal of money on their hobby.
However, there are several frugal scrapbooking ideas that can easily be incorporated
into your projects and layouts to help cut back on these expenses. Regular household
goods, and yes, even things that would normally end up in the trash, can be used. Here
are a few ideas that will keep more money in your pocketbook, as well as help you
recycle items that would otherwise end up in the landfill.

1. Cereal Boxes

If you have a die cut machine capable of cutting chipboard, such as the Cricut
Expression, don't buy chipboard at the craft store. Instead, use cereal boxes. Once you
adhere colorful paper to the cereal box die cuts, no one will ever guess it came from
your pantry! If you do not have a die cut machine, you can use cookie cutters instead,
to cut the box and paper into the desired shapes.

2. Wallpaper Remnants

Many wallpaper remnants are as beautiful as the pricey papers in the scrapbooking
stores. Make regular stops at your local paint and wallcovering stores, get to know the
staff, and ask them to call you when they have discontinued sample books that they
are discarding. Keep in mind, however, that the adhesive on these samples is probably
not acid-free. Although they may not be suitable for your scrapbook pages, they are
the perfect touch for handmade cards and other paper crafting projects.

3. Gift Wrap

Think of all the beautiful gift wrap that ends up in the landfill. Instead of throwing it
away, recycle it. At birthday parties and other special occasions, check with the guest
of honor to find out if he or she has any plans to use the gift wrap after unwrapping
presents. If they plan to throw it away, you should be able to collect a good assortment
of gift wrap paper that can be used for your frugal paper crafting projects.

4. Fabric and Ribbon Scraps

If sewing is another one of your hobbies, you already know that fabric and ribbon
scraps are the perfect complement to your paper crafting projects. Many of these
fabric and ribbon scraps are too small for sewing, yet are the perfect size for accenting
handmade cards and more. Ask your friends and family members that sew to keep a
ziploc handy to collect their scraps. Instead of throwing them out, they can give them
to you!

5. Office Supplies

Many of the products in the scrapbooking aisle are simply embellished office supplies.
Office supplies, however, are much cheaper, and can be jazzed up with very little
effort. For example, instead of buying the colorful brads at the scrapbooking store,
pick up a box of paper fasteners. You can paint them to match your layouts, and they
will look just as great as their more expensive counterparts.

With a little imagination and creative thinking, you will surely find even more
common household goods that you can use for frugal scrapbooking ideas. Keep an
inexpensive container handy, and as you come across odds and ends that could find a
second life in one of your projects, place it in the container until you find a use for it.