truly, one of the most money-saving things i've learned in scrapbooking recently is the way that stamps can stretch your budget. even though some of them are expensive to purchase initially, what i find is that you can use stamps over and over again to create your own custom-made patterned papers, 3-D embellishments, and to create titles and effective journaling. what i spend on stamps, i'm saving because i'm buying much less patterned paper. with a few good dot stamps, stripe stamps, some simple shapes and an alphabet set or two, i can make nearly any paper i want, and it's so easy!