I know what you’re thinking, “A post on how to shop? Well, duh! I don’t need any help with that.”
But last night, as I sat salivating over the goodies in my favourite online scrap shop and feeling a little bit rubbish about how much of the stuff was out of my budget, it occurred to me that maybe some of you guys scrapbook on budgets too.
So I thought I’d share a few tips on what to look out for when shopping within a tight budget.
My budget is £30 every two months. And in scrapland, that’s pretty tight.
Here’s what I plan to buy next month when it’s time to shop again (yep, that’s as much as you get, and yep, they’re already in my basket!)
Tip 1: choose wisely
We’re looking for excellent value; things that go a long way… sheets of papers that can be cut into little die-cut shapes, packs of stickers where you get a whole load, washi that’s reasonably priced; that sort of thing.
This beautiful design by Crate Paper is one of my total favourites: 95p a sheet and you get… well, I’ve not counted, but a *lot* of lovely little pink slogans; you just need to take the time to sit and fussy-cut them out.
Bella Blvd’s puffy hearts and stars deserve a shout-out too: they pack more punch than enamel dots and you get plenty for £3.99. And you can be very specific about which colours you want… always good for me.
Other genuine scrapbooking items that can be quite thrift-friendly…
* Pads of sticky notes (Crate Paper, Heidi Swapp, Reset Girl)
* Rolls or pads of tickets (Dear Lizzy, Crate Paper)
* Pages of ‘word’ sticker sheets (Reset Girl for Simple Stories)
And some items that are very rarely budget-friendly… *cue violin music*
* Thickers (invest in a cute alphabet stamp set)
* Sheets of chipboard shapes
* Puffy stickers, acrylic shapes, flair & charms (ask for these for your birthday)
Tip 2: find ‘your’ colours and stick to them
Do you remember when Friends‘ Phoebe accidentally put all her clothes in the washer with a red sock and they all turned pink? “Hey, now all my clothes match!” was her sweet silver-lining response.
If you’re buying within a limited colour palette, everything matches. And when you don’t have much to play with, that’s useful.
Your choice of paints, inks, papers… everything can be limited. And obviously, buying one or two mists is cheaper than investing in the whole rainbow.
Tip 3: create as much yourself as you can
Having limits can be really good for inspiring creativity, I’m convinced. If you don’t have a black and white striped paper and desperately fancy using one, grab some paper or packaging and a tester pot of wall paint and create your own.
Or how about trimming down some basic card to Project Life dimensions and designing your own filler cards?
Tip 4: buy basics cheaply & in bulk
Look in non-art shops to research where things like tags and tape are the cheapest. Keep an eye out in the supermarket too – Sainsbury’s do some lovely washi tapes, for example.
General stationery items like sticky notes and paperclips can be found anywhere… don’t limit yourself to the brand names.
So now it’s over to you: what are your tips for scrapbooking on a budget? I’d love to hear your suggestions!