The beautiful hobby of scrapbooking can get expensive. With so many supplies and items to choose from, youcheap scrapbooking might get suddenly impulsive and spin out of control. Here are some tips we have compiled to keep you on track and save money in the process.

You don’t need every new tool – Scrapbooking is constantly growing, and if you try to keep up with every new item, you savings will suffer the consequences. Just sit down and come up with a list of items that you must have (such as paper, adhesive, etc.) and a list of items that you want to have. Go from there as your budget permits.

Share supplies – If you have even just one other friend who scraps, you can double your access to scrapbooking tools. For instance, if you and your friend go shopping, she can buy one pair of scissors and you can buy different one.

Keep your layouts simple – Consider using mostly solid-colored papers and cardstock instead of pattern paper and avoid using stickers (which can be costly).

Create your own templates – Instead of buying expensive templates, you can create your own on plastic lids or use craft punch cut outs.

Search online – If you have Internet access, you have a wealth of information available to you for free. There are many scrapbooking-related websites that you get crafting ideas from. You can also search for poems or titles for your pages, so there is no need for you to purchase books that offer these. There are also many sites that offer fonts that you can download for free, as well as a lot of layout ideas that you do not need to buy books about those either.

Swap your extras – If you have extra paper because you purchased too much or maybe a large selection of die cuts, consider swapping them with someone who might have something you could use.

Wait for special coupons – In many areas they have crafts store, which occasionally put out 40% off coupons. Wait for these coupons and then go and buy something on your wish list that you could not otherwise afford.