I have a good handful of folks in my world who have just started scrapbooking… if you’re one of them, this post is for you!
Start squirrelling cute bits away
You don’t need vast amounts of supplies to scrapbook – some white paper for your background, a glue stick and a pair of scissors – but what you do need to start collecting is pretty bits.
Start holding onto cute birthday cards, nice wrapping paper, ribbon scraps, buttons, labels… basically anything you like. This will grow into what scrapbookers call your “stash”.
Ask for craft shop vouchers for birthdays
There are some very lovely scrapbooking lines out there and while you don’t need them to get creative, it’s fun to have some in your stash.
A good plan when starting out is to pick one line that you like and buy a few items from that – then they all match beautifully.
Alternatively, you can decide to limit your colour palette (as I do) and just look out for things that match your scheme.
Keep an eye out for freebies online
If your family has a printer, looking out for free printables is a brilliant way to boost your stash for minimal cost.
Just pop a favourite youtube video on and sit back and snip them all out!
Buy papers by the sheet
There’s a very cool online shop called HeyLittleMagpie that sells all of the latest and most beautiful patterned papers by the sheet (about 90p each).
If you work on a white background and just use snippets of colour here and there, these can last for ages, so work out to be a really good investment.
Some of them have designs that are designed to be cut-apart too – labels, florals, icons etc – so these are great stash boosters.
Look out for haberdashery items
Some scrapbooking supplies that add texture and bulk – badges, chipboard shapes, enamel dots etc – can be pricey, so think about buttons and beads that you may already have (or can easily find on eBay).
Print your own embellishments
If you have a colour printer (or access to a local printers), printing your own die-cut shapes can be a very cost-effective way to scrapbook.
My favourite suppliers of digital treats are ACDigitals and FelicityJane.
Make your own albums
Invest in a few binder rings from eBay and you can make little albums to work in out of any papers you like. I’ve even used old envelopes and adverts in mine.
Or consider working on pound shop card popped into stationery-store bought binders.
Pocket page scrapbooking doesn’t need pockets
If you like the look and simplicity of pocket page scrapbooking but don’t have the resources for the page protectors, consider working straight into a basic scrapbook.
You will need to trim your cards down to a slightly smaller size to fit (and they may get a little scruffy with handling!) but the look will be much the same.
Don’t be afraid to find alternatives
If you fancy working in a Travellers Notebook but your budget won’t stretch that far, keep an eye out for cheap-as-chips notebooks from the stationers.
The paper quality may not be the same, but it’s still a fun format to play in and gets a similar look.
And you don’t need pricy cardstock to work on – any sheets of sturdy paper or card will make a great background for your work (though you may need something sturdier if you plan to use paints).