People are talking a lot of smack about scrapbooking, and I figured it was time for me to step up and knock down some of the myths surrounding my favorite hobby. I’m intent on leading others to enjoy scrapbooking as much as I do, so here we go:
Myth #1: Scrapbooking Is Expensive.
Yeah, sure, you can go into your favorite scrapbook store and drop $100, easy, on scrapbook supplies every month. But you don’t HAVE to. In fact, scrapbooking can be downright cheap.
If you’re new to scrapbooking, here’s what I think you HAVE to have to get started. Note: Any one item here could be swapped out, but if someone said, “Put together a kit of what a beginner scrapbooker needs,” this is what I’d say:
-Cardstock (start with white — it goes with everything!)
-Patterned paper (I’d get one kit in a pattern that makes you smile, such as this one from Echo Park!)
-Adhesive (yeah, you could use a glue stick but for ease and permanence, go with the roller adhesive. You’ll save a ton of time and it will more than make up for the extra couple of dollars you’ll spend)
Cost: To make 25 layouts, you’ll need one of these dispensers plus tw0 refills. $6.64 + $8 = $14.64
Now, let’s talk about getting your photos developed. When I was a young lass, film and developing was EX-PEN-SIVE! Nowadays, you can pay only a few cents a print. And in fact, you can head over here and get 40 free prints and up to 100 prints for $.04 each! YES! That means you can get enough photos to create almost 50 pages for $4! WOW!
So, that brings the grand total to about $55, or about $2 a page… which would go even lower over time as you get more use out of your trimmer, leftover patterned paper, adhesive and pen. Now THAT is cheap.
P.S. You might be wondering about cute embellishments and the like… well, you can make your own from your patterned paper, you can invest in long-life items like punches, stamps, or deco-edge scissors. Maybe I’ll share some of my faves in a future post!
P.P.S. I didn’t add in an album or page protectors. I would recommend you stick with 8.5×11″ pages, use a binder you can steal from your kids, and some page protectors you can get at the office supply store for a few cents each.
P.P.P.S. Here’s that link again for the photo special: 40 Free Photo Prints – Plus up to 100 Prints For Just 4¢ Each! Use Code: YGP44 at check out. New customers only, S&H not included. One time use.