Archive for the ‘Scrapbooking Supplies’ Category

Scrapbooking Techniques – For the Budget Conscious

Kaye Dennan posts:

Yes, just because you are scrapbooking on a budget does not mean that your scrapbook will be any less attractive and it will definitely be more individualistic.

I have to be the first to admit that there are some absolutely fabulous scrapbooking embellishments for sale. BUT I often think that you need a big fat wallet to be able to make up a snazzy scrapbook. BUT THAT IS JUST NOT TRUE!

If you have had no art experience then you may need to do some practice to get the techniques right, but that is all in the fun of creating a piece you will be proud of.

Here I am focusing on the background page. It can be, and often is, a patterned card where you use photos, borders and embellishments to brighten up the page. But I will tell you a few tips so that you can use the plain colored card which is a lot cheaper than patterned paper.

First off, you can buy large sheets of thick colored card but make sure you cut them to the right size to fit your folder. And if you are on a budget you can use a ring binder for your work rather than buy a scrapbooking album.


1. Sponging – the best is a sea sponge. The sponging technique can create so many different effects. By using different colours or shades of the same colour you can create very interesting work. By using the sponge in different ways you can create circles, lines, swirls and borders – have a try first before going onto your card. This really is a fantastic technique which you will be able to use in so many different ways and for so many different things.

2. Lines – lines can be made on your background with felt pens. Make sure they are acid free. Rule in your lines lightly with a pencil then rule in the colored lines. This can be as few or as many as you like.

3. Creating borders – create a border down one side of the page or even right around. Various methods can be used. You can use paint, colored or patterned paper, material or even a row of embellishments e.g. a row of hearts.

4. Stamping – if you have a stamp, or your friends have, you can stamp a pattern onto the background and paint it in and outline it with a dimensional paint. Leaves, flowers, animals all look good and can be coloured different colours to suit.

5. Glittering – this is a pretty technique. Great for parties, engagements, weddings and the like. You can glitter borders, stamp shapes and more.

Save On Scrapbook Supplies With These Tips

Jesse Fisher posts:

Scrapbooking can be an expensive obsession. From decorative paper, accents, embellishments, and cardstock, the costs can add up quickly. I’ve been scrapbooking for about 7 years and initially, I went to all the expensive specialty scrapbooking outlets, where products are more expensive. Since then though, I have found some great ways to save money.

Scrapbook Accessories at a Discount
The most evident way to save cash is to locate a place to shop that sells scrapbooking materials at a discount. I have realized that website outlets indeed have lower prices than offline outlets. One example is they carry the Hermafix Dotto Glue Refill for .99, that’s .00 less than at the two local scrapbooking suppliers near my neighborhood. The only downside of purchasing your scrapbooking materials online is that you will have to wait a day or two or four. So I wanted to find a website that ships same day. Another thing to consider on a scrapbooking materials website is free shipping. Good ones will provide free shipping if your order is over a predetermined amount. The lower that number, the better! The lowest I have seen is and that is pretty darn good.

Cutting Paper Costs
Another way to save money on scrapbooking materials is by using papers that are a foot square (ie. 12″ x 12″). You get more square inches of paper for the money than when purchasing 8 ” x 11″ paper. It also goes a longer way{ in that you can use the scraps in creating additional adornments. Also, there are a wide variety of cardstock colors. You can always use cardstock on a layout. Sometimes, that’s all I use. That way, you don’t use and therefore you don’t need to buy patterned paper. This cuts down costs a lot as patterned papers are fairly pricey.

Saving on Trappings
A way to save more money is by reducing the number of scrapbooking accessories, like embellishments. The actual focus of pages is supposed to be the pictures. You won’t have to spend money on a bunch of little thingamajigs and you’ll save time too by not having to make something special.

If you just can’t go on without using embellishments, buy all-purpose embellishment materials that can be used on various layouts instead of purchasing embellishments for use on one specific page. For example, get fibers in a package that has several different colors. Tags are another great embellishment that will look nice on any layout.

Scrapbooking doesn’t have to be expensive. Keep in mind that the central purpose of scrapbooks is the pictures and the memories that go along with them, not how much money you spent!

The Scrapbooker’s Guide to Finding Scrapbooking Supplies Online

Richard Robbins posts:

One of the first challenges scrapbookers, especially those new to the hobby, will find to making finished products out of their collection of photos is knowing where to get the right supplies.

Depending upon where you live, you may or may not have access to much variety. Not everyone wants to have a cookie cut layout. You can run out of creativity quickly if your local scrapbooking supplies store doesn’t have a wide variety of paper, page kits, stencils, rub-ons, embellishments, and other scrapbooking must-have’s. Thankfully, the Internet has largely solved the problem of being limited what you can find within a fifteen mile radius of your home.

Where to Shop Online

Probably the most commonly used “store” for finding the variety of scrapbooking supplies you need is eBay. There are hundreds of scrapbookers who have made home businesses out of supplying scrapbooking products through eBay. That means you are likely to find whatever you are looking for by doing a few simple searches on eBay.

Besides eBay, there are also hundreds of online scrapbooking stores. Some of these are online versions of traditional retail stores, such as Others are strictly Internet businesses with no walk-in locations. Their sizes range from hundreds of thousands of unique products, such as with, to work-at-home mom stores with a handful of specialty products.

Things to Consider When Shopping

Obviously, price and selection (including availability) are two of the main concerns you will have when shopping online stores. Many stores have a page listing shipping policies and costs. You may find one store that is slightly more expensive than another, but offers free shipping for orders totaling more than a specified amount, like . If you know where to find them, you can use coupons in some stores, such as A 5% off coupon from a store like that could save you a significant amount of money if you are planning a large order.

If you are interested in comparing prices and variety among various online retailers, you can use, a new search tool for finding scrapbooking supplies among online retailers. The site currently compares twenty or so popular online stores, allowing you to sort by price.

If you plan to buy through eBay, make sure you understand the eBay paradigm, especially if you are new to eBay. For instance, you may find a big difference in the products and service you receive if you buy from someone who has a feedback rating of 75% compared to one whose feedback rating is 100%. eBay provides some useful reading for those new to buying and selling there.

The ability to shop online opens up a great number of possibilities for scrapbookers who want more than what their local store can offer.