With Beginner scrapbooking you don't have to buy the whole craft store to get started!.......

When you finally get the 'scrapbooking' bug, you’re very likely to go out and buy all the materials you think you need. This will probably lead to some buyer’s remorse when you realize you have a bunch of stuff you don’t need or can’t afford. Some good scrapbooking tutorials might be a better idea


I sometimes look at outstanding layouts and think 'how did they come up with such a great design?'. Well I sure wish I'd stumbled on Jen Gormley's '500 Scrapbooking Sketches' just a little bit sooner. I love the idea of working off a template and if you look around half way down this page you'll see one of Jen's sketch templates with the finished layout right next to it. I've got some more links to scrapbooking sketches for you here.

Beginner scrapbooking on a budget is easy. A lot of stuff you already have - you just need to know where to look. A visit to any local scrapbooking stores is probably a good idea.

But before spending a bunch of money there - and it's easily done! - here are some things you probably already have that can help get you started, if you really want to know how to make a scrapbook :


If you have clothes that are too worn out or stained to make good hand me downs or donations, why not add pieces of them to your layouts? Not only will you be saving money and making less trash, you’ll also be reminded of great memories of your loved ones even if you didn’t manage to get a picture.


Have an earring that’s missing it’s mate? A necklace with a broken clasp? What about a bracelet your child has outgrown? Instead of getting rid of them or just filling up space in a box, why not use them to add a little sparkle to your scrapbooks?

Gift decorations.

Think about all the birthday, Christmas, baby, wedding, and any other gifts you’ve ever given or received. Now think about all the money you spend on wrapping paper, bags, bows, ribbons, and other decorations. Sometimes old decorations can be reused, but often they just get shoved in a closet or thrown away. Using them in your beginner scrapbooking can make beautiful layouts and bring you back to the special occasion where you got them. Just watch out, some of these products can have high acid content.

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Why not try a few simple scrapbook layouts just to get you in the groove?


Yes, some trash belongs in a trash can (or a compost heap). Some might just make for a creative new layout. Next time you go to throw something away, take a good hard look at it first. It might just make a great background, border, or embellishment.

Souvenirs and Memories

Pictures aren’t the only way to spark your memories. Add to pictures of your ski trip by using your lift ticket or trail map in your scrap book. If your son won the science fair, use his blue ribbon to add a special touch. Remember good times with friends by scrapping the tickets stubs from a movie you saw together or a matchbook from the restaurant you always eat at.


You can not only use things you already have to put in your scrapbook, you can also store your supplies in items that may be taking up closet (or trash) space. Old jars and cups work great for storing ribbons and other embellishments. Did your husband get a new tackle box and hasn’t gotten rid of the old one? Ooer, Mrs! All those little spaces are great for organizing buttons and even different adhesives.


The only limit you have in beginner scrapbooking is your own imagination. There are all kinds of things you can use in a scrapbook that aren’t found at a scrapbooking store; you just need to teach yourself to recognize them.

So get up, look around your house, and start scrapping. Beginner scrapbooking is about 'beginning'!

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