Scrapbooking Ideas and Solutions
by Michel Maling
If you love to scrapbook, you will find that it can get quiet
expensive. Here are some scrapbooking ideas and tips to save you money.
Save All Your Scraps
I never throw away my paper and card stock scraps. You can use these scraps
to make entire backgrounds for your scrapbooking layouts among other things. You
make wonderful creations by cutting and layering your scraps and using these as
your background for your layout. With a bit of imagination, you will also be
able to make effective embellishments out of your scraps, like punch outs,
flowers and leaves, and scraps can also be used to matt your photographs.
Save the white pages
All scrapbooking albums come with a plain white paper in the plastic
sleeves. Don't throw these away, as you can use these with your scraps to make
your patterned paper. They are also acid free, so will be quite safe to use on
your scrapbooking layouts.
Make your Own Embellishments
This can be a great cash saver for you, as well as make your pages more
personal and unique. There are lots of embellishments that you can make from
left over scraps including flowers, flags, punch outs, tags and various other
creations. You can include buttons, pipe cleaners, soft wire, wool or embroidery
cotton, patterned wrapping paper, left over stickers, coasters or even old
jewelry - your only limit is your imagination. Just remember if you are not sure
that something is acid free, either use a acid free spray, or keep them away
from your photo's.
Make your own stickers
Stickers are a very popular embellishment, so instead of spending a fortune
on them, try making your own. You can buy special sticker paper, or just use
regular or glossy card stock and glue your stickers onto your page. You will be
surprised at how many clipart images you can use from your computer to use in
Save all your mementos
If you go somewhere special, collect items that you can use such as
coasters, brochures, tickets, menu's, receipts, business cards or even small
shells. Doing this will also give your layouts a more personal feel.
Purchase Neutral Colors
When purchasing stock for your kit, as far as possible, stick to neutral
colors, especially for things like brads and eyelets. When I buy inks, I always
stick to browns and black, as they are useful on all of my layouts. If you buy
too many colors, most of them won't be used and sit in your kit for years.