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JazzieLynne
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As I am sure all of us know, Scrapbooking can be one expensive hobby. I am always looking to save a buck, and am constantly telling myself, 'If I can make it, don't buy it'...unless I am going to use it as a pattern. I try to make my own embellishments (flowers, tags, cut-outs, etc), look through thrift stores and antique markets for trinkets that will work and get up early on the weekends for garage sales. Do you have any money saving tips you want to pass along?


 
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There is a list of money saving tips in the Resources.

Money Saving Tips

Gelidy Gelato's MB Topic list -- has plenty of ideas from various collected threads.

Good luck.


 
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Discontinued wallpaper books-- especially children's rooms design (they're usually brighter).
Can't get better than FREE!


 
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That is a fantastic idea...and you're right, free is pretty good.


 
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What I have been doing is exchanging with a friend things we don't need like papers, embellishments, half used sticker sheets...much better than doing any swaps that involve postage and we both have fun making the trades.


 
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I like the idea of trading unloved supplies.
There are also tons of things you have around the house that work wonderfully: paper clips, staples, all other kinds of office supplies like tags, labels, etc...acrylic paints, sponges or other items to make a pattern with, old cards, buttons, ribbons, fabric, soda can tabs. I've seen people use their son's toy cars and run the tires through ink and then make a pattern on the paper.
I also like to make as much as I can with paper and have pretty much done everything I can: sew, crumple, ink, tear, paint, bleach, make flowers, borders, etc... I now buy a lot of tools to do more things to it.


 
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I always look at the hardware or office supply store for tools before I resort to buying the "craft" version. I also make a lot of my own embellishments. I design my own scrapbook papers a lot of times specifically for my own projects and print them on good quality matte brochure paper or matte photo paper. I buy my ribbon and trims at the fabric store most of the time. I buy clear rhinestones and use my Copic (or Sharpies or Bic Mark Its) to colour them to match my projects. I use Liquid Pearls instead of flat back pearls. That way I get whatever size I need without having to buy a bunch of different sizes. I always go to my scraps to see if I have a piece I can use there before I cut a new piece of cardstock or patterned paper. I make my own glimmer mists with re-inkers & Perfect Pearls or metallic paint. I found the one thing that saves me the most money is to shop my stash first and only if I absolutely don't have anything that will work for my project, then I'll buy what I need.


 
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i like using old cereal boxes to cut/punch shapes and then doodle on them. it's also a good way to reuse them, and cardboard matches everything.


 
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  • gluemore girl Said:
I like the idea of trading unloved supplies.
There are also tons of things you have around the house that work wonderfully: paper clips, staples, all other kinds of office supplies like tags, labels, etc...acrylic paints, sponges or other items to make a pattern with, old cards, buttons, ribbons, fabric, soda can tabs. I've seen people use their son's toy cars and run the tires through ink and then make a pattern on the paper.
I also like to make as much as I can with paper and have pretty much done everything I can: sew, crumple, ink, tear, paint, bleach, make flowers, borders, etc... I now buy a lot of tools to do more things to it.



Great Idea!!!! I like that!

I know alot of people use $ store flowers take them apart and use them on LO's. I make my own glimmer mist thanks to the ladies on youtube..also flowers out of cupcake cups got that off youtube as well.


 
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The glimmer mist... now I will have to look that up! Excited. These are wonderful ideas!! I have done some of them. Keep them coming.


 
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I use cereal boxes as thin chip board for backing on tags and things


 
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Jazzie I see from your number of post that you may be new to the board. Your question is by far the most asked question on the board. It get's asked like clockwork every two or three weeks. This is why you may not get a lot of responses. I see someone has already posted some past threads on the same subject.
I wish I could add something new on the subject but as I mention is comes up so often we all are repeating ourselves and repeating ourselves and repeating ourselves...


 
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Sorry, don't mean to make you repetitive... I find the responses that I have been getting very helpful. Thankful for those.


 
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I think it's a good reminder. I've been scrapping for a long time and I forget about certain techniques so I don't mind it at all.
I am new to this board but have had this question posted on others that I've been on. Like I said, good reminders and good tips!


 
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speaking of that , I thought of another... aluminum foil over chipboard shapes (or cereal box shapes) to make metallic accents.


 
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I have posted quite a few money saving tips over here and other forums too. It's my favorite subject so I love for it to come up. A lot of times I get new tips.

Buy white or clear and then alter, dye, or reink it to make your own custom colors.

Google Frugal. Every time I want to make my own anything I always turn to Google and type in frugal, make your own or do it yourself.



 
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coupons coupons coupons

I never buy anything at the big box stores unless I have a 50% off coupon (the 40% off ones get trashed)


 
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Thank you ladies... I was feeling bad, but I have to say, I have learned a few things from you...
Thanks again.


 
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In the long run, my Cricut Expression has been a money saver for me. I use so much that I don't even buy stickers and alphabet letters anymore. In fact, I saw a Jolee's sticker at Joann's, took a picture of it with my camera phone, then went home and created a similar one with my E and stuff from my stash. Also, my kids and husband have all used my E for cards, school and jobs so it is useful for the whole family.
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I buy old books at thrift stores. I use the pages in alot of my projects. This LO has a page from a Hymnal I scored at a thrift store.
First ink By Planty

This LO has a page from a botanical book I had while in college.. It also has lace that I got at a thrift store.
Janna an Tiff By Planty

another LO with a book page..also I made the flowers and the leaves are from a dollar tree flower bunch I picked up..

Titan By Planty

This page has crape paper like you put up at a kids party.. I love that it comes in a million colors I use it on all sorts of things.
Mom and Daughter Disney Trip. By Planty

Crape paper for a banner
Birthday Spooktacular By Planty

and I get those paper doilies at dollar tree.. you can color them with glimmer mist or inks.. they are cheap and come in many sizes and shapes.

Um I dont think so By Planty


Do not forget about Buttons, and lace trim or fabric. You can get left over bits of lace trim and fabric from old out grown stuff Or from stuff at Thrift stores. Or buy it cheap at places like walmart. they usually have a bin with the ends of bolts.

I hope that helps you a little.. It's always nice to see how people have USED the stuff they get cheap..


 
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I am glad that you have said that about your cricut, I have one... and I HAVE TO LEARN TO USE IT...especially to it's full potential. @planty, your LO's are GREAT. I have seen flowers made from old books before, but will have to expand my horizons. Thanks.


 
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Jazzie I see from your number of post that you may be new to the board. Your question is by far the most asked question on the board. It get's asked like clockwork every two or three weeks. This is why you may not get a lot of responses. I see someone has already posted some past threads on the same subject.
I wish I could add something new on the subject but as I mention is comes up so often we all are repeating ourselves and repeating ourselves and repeating ourselves...



Looking up is one way to find things out..sure. I also feel that even when it comes to same old question being asked you still get different ideas alot of times..I read alot of post like this and just from this one I learned a few things or two.


 
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so new ladies...
Do you think it is better for us regulars "to post the past links and give some insights as to why there are not a lot of responses"
or "do you think we should just ignore the question?"

Because it does seem people take offense when we post the past threads or don't respond.

You tell us...what should we do when this exact same question gets asked next week?


 
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Jazzie - there is a Cricut forum on here too - and the Cricut 101 is amazing. And don't be afraid to ask questions - we are all here to help and answer questions - even some of the "tenured" people ask questions from time to time, so don't let that scare you.


 
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Thanks Margaret, I will look that up tonight...hopefully my cricut and I will become friends.


 
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  • Gelidy Gelato Said:
so new ladies...
Do you think it is better for us regulars "to post the past links and give some insights as to why there are not a lot of responses"
or "do you think we should just ignore the question?"

Because it does seem people take offense when we post the past threads or don't respond.

You tell us...what should we do when this exact same question gets asked next week?





At the risk of appearing snarky, I'm inclined to continue to post the old links.

Or maybe we should just BUMP the old threads?


{I have more to say, but am afraid it will be misinterpretted and the conversation will quickly turn ugly, so... I shall stop here.}


 
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  • NoWomanNoCry Said:
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Jazzie I see from your number of post that you may be new to the board. Your question is by far the most asked question on the board. It get's asked like clockwork every two or three weeks. This is why you may not get a lot of responses. I see someone has already posted some past threads on the same subject.
I wish I could add something new on the subject but as I mention is comes up so often we all are repeating ourselves and repeating ourselves and repeating ourselves...



Looking up is one way to find things out..sure. I also feel that even when it comes to same old question being asked you still get different ideas alot of times..I read alot of post like this and just from this one I learned a few things or two.




Yes, it is. Amanda posted a wonderfully helpful tutorial on how to search the forums.
How to Search the forums

If you're looking for "new" ideas, another thing to do it resurrect an old thread on the same topic.

Just my two cents' worth.


 
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Yep. Read the old threads, and if they don't cover it all, bump it to the top or ask a question within the old thread.

At least, that is how I would do it.


 
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Ditto


 
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I am going to make my own glimmer mists tonight! Thanks for the tip.


 
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Hi! I just wanted to say to the original poster, THANK YOU for posting this question! Saving money is not something I think about (although heaven knows I should) and so wouldn't think to search the forums. So in refreshing the topic and making a new post, you're bringing it to the attention of folks, and possibly getting fresh input from new people as well!

As for saving money, well, the only thing I do is utilize those 40% and 50% off coupons. If I think of anything else, I will be sure to share.

Once again, thank you for posting your question! I for one appreciate it. And my wallet might, too!


 
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Hi! I just wanted to say to the original poster, THANK YOU for posting this question! Saving money is not something I think about (although heaven knows I should) and so wouldn't think to search the forums. So in refreshing the topic and making a new post, you're bringing it to the attention of folks, and possibly getting fresh input from new people as well!

As for saving money, well, the only thing I do is utilize those 40% and 50% off coupons. If I think of anything else, I will be sure to share.

Once again, thank you for posting your question! I for one appreciate it. And my wallet might, too!




I couldnt agree more


 
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Thank you ladies!!! I did it! Made my own mists and they turned out great. (splitcoaststampers) anyway, I figured out that for approx. $10 I can get about 20 bottles of mist! At my LSS I pay $7.95/bottle of smooch spritz! So thank you, thank you for that tip.
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  • Gelidy Gelato Said:
so new ladies...
Do you think it is better for us regulars "to post the past links and give some insights as to why there are not a lot of responses"
or "do you think we should just ignore the question?"

Because it does seem people take offense when we post the past threads or don't respond.



You tell us...what should we do when this exact same question gets asked next week?



I think you should just ignore them or post "here's a link to a thread you might find useful".

And really, what does it matter if the same thing gets posted next week?


 
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I love the idea about using wallpaper samples!!!


Edited by Kylagirl on 04-08-11 02:44 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Planty, great ideas about the book prints... your pages are lovely! And Jazzie, the glimmer mists you made are perfect! I know someone else who made her own...it does not look that hard either.
And good push on using the cricut... mine does not get used nearly enough!


 
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  • Gelidy Gelato Said:
so new ladies...
Do you think it is better for us regulars "to post the past links and give some insights as to why there are not a lot of responses"
or "do you think we should just ignore the question?"

Because it does seem people take offense when we post the past threads or don't respond.

You tell us...what should we do when this exact same question gets asked next week?




Well, if you don't want to answer it, just ignore it. Keep in mind that there are new people joining this site every day, and they can learn tons from us "oldies". They're not always familiar with how to look things up - heck, I'm not familiar with how to look things up. But they learn by asking. I always take a look at the various posts, even ones that have been asked before - and I almost always learn something new!


 
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  • Gelidy Gelato Said:

Because it does seem people take offense when we post the past threads or don't respond.

You tell us...what should we do when this exact same question gets asked next week?



I will be posting links to old threads if I think it's necessary. I'm not doing it because I'm sick of seeing repeat threads but because I find that certain threads have some excellent content and that some of the past contributors no longer post here and it would be a shame for someone to overlook what they have to say because they're new and don't know about the earlier threads.


 
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  • dwelch Said:
  • Gelidy Gelato Said:
so new ladies...
Do you think it is better for us regulars "to post the past links and give some insights as to why there are not a lot of responses"
or "do you think we should just ignore the question?"

Because it does seem people take offense when we post the past threads or don't respond.

You tell us...what should we do when this exact same question gets asked next week?




Well, if you don't want to answer it, just ignore it. Keep in mind that there are new people joining this site every day, and they can learn tons from us "oldies". They're not always familiar with how to look things up - heck, I'm not familiar with how to look things up. But they learn by asking. I always take a look at the various posts, even ones that have been asked before - and I almost always learn something new!



Well, may I direct you to my tutorial on how to search the forums???

http://www.scrapbook.com/forums/showtopic.php?tid/15530...


Edited by amandahugandkiss on 04-08-11 05:57 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I think all the tips I have may have been covered already. To save money on ink since I print my own photos, I make photo templates out of those white sheets that come in albums. I cut them down to the sizes I can print and then use them to plan my pages. Then I just have to print my photo once.


 
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I make my own elements out of whatever I have in my scraproom. To keep my elements/embellishments having a current look, I have begun to keep idea I see that I want to "scraplift" on my Pinterest board that I dedicated for that purpose...feel free to scraplift any idea...
LINKY

I don't make cards, but I get a LOT of ideas from card makers. I just scraplift the elements they make, or use a design I see in a card. I buy very few embellishments, ever. Buttons, buttons, buttons...felt and creating paper elements from felt ideas. Goodle felt or search Pinterest for felt.

Ideas are endless in the gallery here. Keep all your scraps in an organized way. I keep mine by color and size. I NEVER go a whole piece of paper before searching first in my small scraps, then my medium scraps...first.

HTH


 
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Just clicked on you link, and you have some amazing ideas in there! TFS!


 
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I did as well- Thank you. That happy birthday ribbon, amazing... sure to give it a try.
Thanks again. Jazz.


 
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