Welcome to sb.com, Mandie. There's a thread around here somewhere about ways to make the most of everyday items in your scrapbooks, but I have no clue where it went! Sorry I didn't find it for you; I am hoping someone else can link it for you.
Anyway, if you want to do paper sb'ing or hybrid (a mix of paper and digi), check stores like Tuesday Morning and Big Lots for good deals on overstock items. They also run some great sales here. I love free shipping day, especially.