Scrapbookers -- [email protected]@K at this. :0)

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

Hey -- any other scrapbookers out there? I am doing 8.5x11" pages for my layouts. I am an economical scrapper (read: cheapskate) since Creative Memories and the like is a little out of my price range.

There are so many ways to save money on scrapbook stuff, and it pays to shop around. You don't just have to buy stuff that's specifically marketed for scrapbooks - you'll end up paying more money that way.

More often than not, you'll find me at Wal-Mart, Target and Michael's (40% off coupons!), browsing even the sporting good aisles. Hey, those customizable tackle boxes with the drawers are AWESOME for storing your pens, paints, brushes and other art supplies.

At Wal-Mart's school supply aisle, I found a great acid and PVC-free 26-pocket expandable file with a handle; it cost less than $8.50, but holds all my papers, scrapbook booklets, sticky dots, etc. And instead of using the expensive scrapbook pages/protectors, I buy the Avery Diamond-Clear page protectors; they're PVC-free and archive-safe. I just get acid and lignin-free cardstock to make them a little stiffer.

Did you know fabric is safe to use in scrapbooking? So use some of those pretty bits and pieces of fabric you've been saving all these years. :0)

How about doing some scrapbook supply trading...The stuff's light-weight and wouldn't cost much to mail. My hubby and I don't have kids, but sometimes I get assortments of stuff that includes school and kid-rleated stuff we'll probably not use.

I'm planning to scan and post my scrapbook pages in my journal. How about posting yours? I know we're all more interested in gardening outdoors right now, but this could really be fun in the winter months or when you can't play outside for some reason!

:o) Kimberley

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