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Frugal Scrapbooking

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  • Sun, Sep 27 2009 10:03 AM

    • Brandy
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    Frugal Scrapbooking

    My friend came over last night with a little project for us to do together. She is a scrapbooker and showed me how to make a fold out Halloween scrapbook. We had a great time and I'd love to do more with decorative pages for a photo collection.

    It seems expensive to get into scrapbooking. What are some frugal ways to enjoy this?

     

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  • Sun, Sep 27 2009 11:05 AM In reply to

    • Toni B.
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    Re: Frugal Scrapbooking

    Brandy:
    It seems expensive to get into scrapbooking. What are some frugal ways to enjoy this?
    So far, I have resisted the urge to try this hobby for the sheer cost of it all. Go to any hobby or fabric store and its easy to see just how many pricy elements and embellishments there are. I have found special quotes and prayers and printed them on the "fancy paper" and framed them. I also use the fancy paper to "personalize" my cross stitch gifts. On the back of my framed pieces, I put the name / company of the designer, the title of the design and what the symbols mean if any apply. Then I add who the gift was given to, the year and the event it was given and that it was stitched by me.
    Brandy:
    I'd love to do more with decorative pages for a photo collection.
    While they do add a lot to the viewing of photos, I wonder what people will do with these collections years down the road, especially if they want to make copies of photos that are meticulously secured to these pages. Our family has come across lose photos and were able to make several copies for other family members.
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  • Sun, Sep 27 2009 12:01 PM In reply to

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    Re: Frugal Scrapbooking

    Toni B.:
    Our family has come across lose photos and were able to make several copies for other family members.

    I am the one that my family makes copies for. I am terrible about remembering to take photos or to get them developed.

    So making something special to display the few I have would add to the enjoyment and importance of certain holidays or events, I think.

     

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  • Sun, Sep 27 2009 3:12 PM In reply to

    Re: Frugal Scrapbooking

    I have a suitcase full of family pictures (and I do mean a suitcase) - but some of them I can't identify.  I am making my mother a scrapbook for her birthday that contains a lot of the pictures of her family (started with her grandfather and am up to my sister and I), aimed largely at identifying the people in the pictures.  With all of my grandparents deceased, there are few family members left who know who some of the people are - I want to get them identified and labeled before there's no one left who can name them, and say when/where the pictures were taken.  They can still be copied (the pages are going into sleeves, which they can be removed from for scanning), and they will be better preserved in the archival boxes (for the pictures not going into the scrapbook) and the scrapbook than they would in the suitcase they were previously stored in.  Frugal?  Not really... although it really helps me that a friend of mine is heavily into scrapbooking, has a massive supply of materials, and I am creating this scrapbook at her house - I bought paper and sleeves, but I'm using a lot of her materials as well, her cricut to create parts of pages, and her markers.  And when I'm done I will have spent time with a friend and have a unique gift for my mother.
  • Sun, Sep 27 2009 3:20 PM In reply to

    Re: Frugal Scrapbooking

    I scrapbook, and do so very cost-effiecently. My "embellishments" include natural things, like twigs, pressed flowers/leaves, paper scraps. sure store bought ones are neat, but can add up

    if it wasnt for the kissing tradition, no one would care about mistletoe.

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  • Sun, Sep 27 2009 6:27 PM In reply to

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    Re: Frugal Scrapbooking

    karenteacher:
    her cricut

    My friend has one of those. It sounds interesting but definitely more than I want to get into.

     

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  • Sun, Sep 27 2009 6:33 PM In reply to

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    Re: Frugal Scrapbooking

    TiffanyJohnson:
    paper scraps

    That one would be easy to do at Christmas and birthday time. The wrapping from the gifts could be clipped and pasted as decorative backing while ribbons and tags make good embellishment.

    I did our wedding memory book 20 years ago with a little touch of embellishment. I pasted my ribbons from flowers and some pieces of flowers into the book along with filling out details. I don't have my wedding photo album anymore but I still have this memory book.

     

     

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  • Sun, Sep 27 2009 6:58 PM In reply to

    Re: Frugal Scrapbooking

    Brandy:

    karenteacher:
    her cricut

    My friend has one of those. It sounds interesting but definitely more than I want to get into.

     

    My friend has a whole room devoted to scrapbooking... I don't have any intention of getting into scrapbooking on any type of major basis, but it's something we can do while we hang out together, and I'll have my mother's Hanukah gift when I'm done.

  • Sun, Sep 27 2009 7:38 PM In reply to

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    Re: Frugal Scrapbooking

    karenteacher:
    but it's something we can do while we hang out together

    That's what my friend and I were doing. Her husband came over to play a game with mine and she brought her scrapbooking case for us ladies to have something to do. I had a great time but the socialising was really part of the fun.

     

     

     

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  • Sun, Sep 27 2009 8:14 PM In reply to

    Re: Frugal Scrapbooking

    I do scrapbooking (not much though for the past several months) and I've found acid free paper at the dollar store along with stickers, embellishments, even plastic inserts.  (I scooped those up!)  DH bought me a couple of kits to get me started and whenever I find stuff in clearance bins I check it out.  Ollie's had some stuff once and I got some paper from there.  Walmart's clearance aisle has had albums lately and even whole kits for 1/2 price.  If you make a scrapbook for the idea of preserving the pictures, you need to use acid free paper and products.  Sure, it will take years before the acid discolors the pictures, but not hundreds of years -- just a couple decades.  This is why you can visit an older person's home and look at their photo albums and all the pictures are faded, yellowed, discolored, etc.  If you get involved with a group (I've never done this, but I know people that have) you can use each other's scissors and stickers and corner cutters and that keeps you from having to buy it all.  Just get a few key pieces that you don't mind sharing.

    As for pictures secured in a scrapbook, you can remove the whole page from your scrapbook & its plastic sheet protector and scan them with a home scanner (becoming more common as a feature on most printers) at around 600 dpi -- don't go lower than this, but go higher if you can -- and just crop out the portions of the picture you don't want to show before you save it.

    Yes, it can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be.

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