If you are going to save money on scrapbooking, then you will want to plan your scrapbooking sequence. In other words, you are going to have to decide on what scrapbooking tasks you will do first based on the following things:
- Scrapbooking items you already have on hand.
- Items you can creatively use for scrapbooking
- Items you can buy inexpensively for scrapbooking
One of the best ways to save money on scrapbooking is to use items you already have around the house. Pictures from greeting cards can be used to embellish pages about holiday events or special celebrations.Using a selection of simple, small clear buttons can be an effective way to create shapes that draw attention to specific photos. Inexpensive costume jewelry can be used to add pizazz to the borders. Other than making sure that the items you use have a good lifespan, there are no rules for what can and cannot be used in your scrapbooking endeavors.
However, that does not mean you will be able to use every idea you come up with. You still want to follow a plan for your scrapbook.There are a couple of ways to go about this. The first way is for you to map out the templates that you will be using for your scrapbook.If you follow this practice, whatever items you do end up using will need to conform to the templates that you have selected. The other way you can go about planning your scrapbook is to plan your templates around items you would like to use.
Most likely, you will still need to combine the items you find around your home with items that you purchase.Before you go shopping, see if one of your crafting buddies might sell you their excess materials that they aren’t using. They’ll more than likely be happy to get a bit of cash for crafting materials that would just be sitting around the house.Additionally, you can try swapping, but that can be tough as it can be hard to decide on what is a fair trade.At some point, you’ll need to try to find additional items at a discount from places such as Craft Superstore or Beads Direct.
Be a Minimalist
Unless you absolutely adore busy, overcrowded, sensory exploding scrapbook pages, take a minimalist approach to your scrapbooking.Be selective about what photos you include. Don’t include 5 variations of essentially the same photo just because you have a sentimental attachment to moment you took the shot. Not only will doing so add unnecessary expense, but it will also confuse people. No doubt they’ll be wondering why they are looking at multiple pictures of the same photo.
Make sure you leave plenty of space. The use of space is an often misunderstood aspect of scrapbooking.Space, especially white space, provides a resting place for the eyes. Without such space, the eyes get fatigued and the brain gets confused. Be kind to your audience. Use space and save money.
Use a minimal amount of colors. You can save money on markers and other supplies by using fewer colors.A two or three color scheme are both good choices for a minimalist approach. It’s also safer to use fewer colors. It takes a skilled designer to pull off using a large variety of colors. In the hands of an amateur, the use of too many colors can lead to a cluttered, bewildering mess.
Cut Down On the Number of Pages
You may be absolutely in love with everything you put into your scrapbook. Guess what? Not everybody else is. If you want people to have an enjoyable experience going through your scrapbooks, cut down on the number of pages. Some people feel obliged to go through your entire scrapbook when you hand it to them.Give them a break. Cut down on the number of pages!