Scrapbooking can be a very costly hobby, like boating, golfing or fishing. However, you must have proper tools, and good tools are not inexpensive. So how do you get really good tools while saving the budget for the "good stuff"?

Simple. One poster suggested getting a set of Philips head screwdrivers to set eyelets . Don't buy them at the 99c store, they won't even be worth a nickel. Buy them at a yard sale, or Craig's List on the Internet, or eBay. You can save money and get good quality at the same time. A really good tack hammer and a small rubber hammer can be found at the places I mentioned before. But you can find these two last items, well-made ones, at the 99c store, too.

Research each tool so you know the difference between cheap tools, which are basically toys, and inexpensive tools, which were made to do the job.

Choose inexpensive tools, not cheap tools; remember the difference.