Here's 7 HOT New Scrapbooking Ideas
If You're On A Budget

Coming up with fun and creative scrapbooking ideas doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Sure it is fun to splurge once in awhile, but most likely you have a lot of supplies on hand or can purchase items at a fraction of the cost.

Here are seven hot new scrapbooking ideas if you're on a budget.

1. Incorporate gift wrapping paper into scrapbooking ideas.

SAVE money scrapbooking by recycling!

Do you have a lot of gift wrapping paper on hand? If not, you can purchase gift wrap at most any dollar store or get it super cheap after a holiday is over. Gift wrapping paper makes for a great background for scrapbook pages.

If you have the foil type of paper, cut it with a paper trimmer to create borders for your layouts.

Need to fill in some empty spaces on a scrapbook page, cut out objects from decorate wrapping paper.

A gift tie-on from a used gift bag comes in handy as you work on ideas for scrapbooking. Simply mat the tie-on with card stock and add it to your page.

2. Check out the clearance racks.

I rarely pay full price for scrapbooking items. I love going to a craft store or a large retail store that has a craft section and checking out the clearance racks. Quite often when a particular line is being discontinued, you can purchase scrapbook paper, stickers, etc. at 50% off or better.

Be sure to check out the sewing clearance racks as well as you think about scrapbooking ideas. You might discover cute buttons or ribbon that will greatly enhance your scrapbook layouts.

3. Recycle for scrapbooking ideas.

Do you work in an office that frequently gets rid of the thin cardboard backings used for notepads? Start collecting the cardboard!

This is the ideal size for 8.5×11albums. In fact, instead of purchasing an expensive album, you can purchase a binder instead. Most dollar stores carry binders, as well as the 8.5×11 protective pages.

Save your greeting cards and calendars as well. As you're working on ideas for your scrapbooking layouts, you can cut items from the cards and calendars to add to your layouts.

Whether it's using some of the letters or cutting out a cute bug, these items are a great resource to have on hand.

4. Ask for samples.

Did you know that some online sites will send you free samples to use as you work on scrapbooking ideas? If you contact a company and let them know that you are new to scrapbooking and you're not sure what supplies to purchase, some will actually send you a free selection of random items for you to try out. It doesn't hurt to ask!

5. Contact your elementary art teacher.

One of my most favorite resources for scrapbooking ideas is our elementary art teacher. At the end of each school year, she does a lot of weeding out. If she doesn't have enough of a particular item for a class to use, then she gets rid of it..

During the past two years she has given me dozens of die-cuts, odds and ends of color paper, partial paint sets, used glue sticks and cute embellishments. The trade off? At the start of the new school year I take in brownies for the students! The teacher actually is happy that I request her "leftovers"; otherwise, they would just be tossed in the garbage.

6. Organize your supplies.

When I first started out scrapbooking, I kept everything in one large bin. It wasn't long before paper was being wrinkled or torn and stickers were getting unpeeled and stuck on things that shouldn't be covered with stickers. I ended up tossing out a number of things and was so frustrated that the thought of working on scrapbooking ideas was not appealing.

However, once I took the time to get organized, it made a huge difference. I save my scraps and use them until there's barely anything left. It's amazing that with a little bit of organization, how much you can stretch out your supplies.

7. Buy in bulk.

Scrapbooking supplies that you know you'll use on a regular basis as you create scrapbooking ideas should be purchased in bulk. Glue sticks, double sided tape and card stock are items that are cheaper when bought in bulk rather than individually.

If you scrapbook with a group of friends, consider buying in bulk together and splitting the cost. If you're purchasing online, wait until the site offers a free shipping day or offers a special discount on top of the bulk rate. Some companies offer odds and ends of materials at a very low cost. For example, you can purchase a bundle of card stock that will come in various sizes and colors for a fraction of the cost.

Scrapbooking doesn't have to cost you a fortune. Take a look around your home for materials that you already have on hand, contact an art teacher, and look for bargains. In no time you will be working away on scrapbook ideas without breaking the bank!

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