This is a guest post from my scrapping buddy Jennifer Wilson of Simple Scrapper, another believer in the benefits of keeping life — and scrapbooking — simple. Enjoy!
It’s that time of year again and our entire industry is sending you messages to buy, buy, buy. The endless sales and coupons add up to remarkable “savings”, or do they?
The usually cautious simple scrapbooker can easily get sidetracked by all the great deals of the weekend. In this post, I’ll share 5 tips for keeping your International Scrapbooking Day weekend simple and organized.
1. Know Your Stash – Before shopping, it’s important to have a handle on what supplies you already have for scrapbooking. Assess the gaps in your stash as well as styles you’ve gravitated towards most recently.
2. Have a Plan in Mind – Think about the brands and stores you love the most and whom has treated you with exceptional customer service. Narrow your attention to just a few sales and events to make the most of limited time.
3. Limit Impulse Buys – Where possible, develop a wish list for your most coveted products. Have a budget in mind and use it to narrow your list to a reasonable number. Try to avoid being distracted by special time-limited offers.
4. Consider Your Resources – Not only should a financial budget be considered, but also budgets for your time and space. Think about how long it will take you to use the products you are eyeballing. Also, consider where each new item will go.
5. Think Twice, Buy Once – For every purchase, ask yourself whether you’d pay full price. In almost all cases, if its not worth even more cash to you, it’s probably not worth any at all.
Use these tips to get the most bang for your hard-earned buck. Focus on the community-building aspects of the weekend over the commercial, but of course, score a couple of great deals during your simple iNSD.
Jennifer Wilson offers ideas and inspiration for busy memory keepers at Simple Scrapper. Her new class, Keep Calm and Stay Organized, helps scrapbookers to stay motivated and mindful about organization. Sign up this weekend and receive the Finally Get Organized workshop for free.