The Cheapest Scrapbooking Supplies

by Lain Ehmann on August 28, 2010

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The cheapest scrapbooking supplies are the ones you already own.

Seriously. If you’re a beginning scrapbooker — or someone just exploring the hobby — you may think you don’t have any scrapbooking supplies around your house.

Bosh, I say! Sure you do. Pull together the following:

  • A pair of scissors (the sharper, the better. My faves are basic orange-handled Fiskars)
  • Cardstock or even construction paper (I know, all you purists are screaming and running for your bottles of Archival Mist, but c’mon, people! I’m trying to make things easy here)
  • Adhesive of some sort. Double Sided Tape is great if you have it; if you don’t, grab one of your kid’s glue sticks.
  • Photos. I’m sure you have some of these lying around!
  • A pen. Don’t have one? Look under the couch cushions.
  • Embellishments. Many scrapbooking embellishments are office supplies re-casted as cute scrapbooking doo-dads. Examples: Staples, brads, labels, paperclips, binder rings, bulldog clips, and even binders — these were all regular ole’ office supplies that were translated into scrapbooking-specific embellishments! Scoop out your junk drawer and your desk drawer and find a handful of fun goodies you can use on your scrapbook pages.

  • Ephemera. “Ephemera” is a fancy word for leftover odds and ends of paper you might collect — coupons, junk mail, tickets, receipts, etc.

See! You’re ready to scrap, and you haven’t spent a dime!

You more advanced scrapbookers may be wondering how this applies to you. Well, it’s the same principle: The cheapest scrapbooking supplies are the ones you already own. So go get into your stash and get scrapping. Then show me what you do — I want to see!

P.S.  If you are absolutely set on the idea that you HAVE to buy something, then stay tuned for my post on discount online scrapbooking stores.

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