I love watching haul videos on youtube, to see what supplies and deals other crafters are getting. I’ve seen some great deals on designer paper stacks from Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Ross in some haul videos. I didn’t immediately go out and check, because I assumed these people were just lucky. This weekend while I was out, I decided to check out the TJ Maxx for designer card stock. Much to my surprise, there were a couple different designer card stock options. I found this super cute Me and My Big Idea Renee Argyle Green stack. It was only $6.99, and I love this paper stack. It has a vintage feel, beautiful flourishes, foil accents, and even some pages with flocking. After my success at the TJ Maxx, I decided to check out the Marshalls down the street from my house that I’ve never been to. The selection there was much better, and i picked up a couple super cute cheap items. My first find was the DCWV The Mod-Retro stack for $5.99, which is adorable. It has retro images, lots of grids, beautiful flowers, and an awesome color palette. Among all the paper stacks, I found one more loved. Also by DCWV, this stack is called Street Lace. It features a lot of black lace like images on bright colors with foil and glitter accents. Then I found a super cute cupcake punch by ek success. The punches were only $2.99 for both, and I already made a cute ice cream cone card with the top to the cupcake. I hope you like seeing my finds. Check your local Mashalls, TJ Maxx, or Ross for great deals on paper crafting supplies.
We all know scrapbooking or making handmade cards can become an expensive hobby. There are so many amazing products and options out for paper crafting. Hope these tips help you save some money.
- Use Coupons: This one is pretty obvious, but make sure you use them. Remember no discount is too small. Just cause a zig two way pen is only 3.99 doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it to use your coupon. When I can I bring my husband with me, so I can use two coupons.
- Pay Attention to Sales: A lot of the sales that happen at craft stores are the same percent off as the weekly single item coupon; however, some items are excluded from the coupon. Watch for these items going on sale. Watching haul videos on youtube can help you know what prices to look for.
- Research: Read product reviews online, so you don’t waste money on products you won’t use again. It can be a big waste of money buying low quality stamps that don’t stamp well. Adhesive is another important product to research. You don’t want to buy an adhesive that is hard to use or doesn’t stick well.
- Shop Outside of the scrap booking Section: You can get buttons and watch gears on Esty for cheap, which make great embellishments. Shop at thrift stores and yard sales for old books and maps, which can be torn apart and used in your projects.
- Save your Scraps and Keep them Organized: Saving your scraps is the first step in saving money, but you need to use them too. I use two towers of 12 inch square drawers to organize my colored card stock. One the left side I keep paper scraps and the right I keep full sheets of card stock. I look for the color I need in the scraps, and if I can’t find it then I pull sheet from the full sized that is located right next to scraps.
Do you have any money saving tips?
I saw how to make these super cute ribbon emblishments on okakuku’s Youtube Channel. This is a great way to use up your ribbon scraps, and make adorable embellishments. Unlike the video, I used my hot glue gun to make this button and ribbon embellishments. The butterfly patterned paper is from the garden party stack and are 2 inch squares. The brown card stock squares are cut a 1 1/2 inch. The cream paper is a one inch square. The metal letters for the sentiment, I got at Michael’s. They were intending for use in making your own stepping stones. Hope this inspires you to make some cute embellishments.
- Recollections Card stock
- Ribbon Scraps
- Metal Letters
- White Gel Pen
- Die Cuts with a View Garden Party Stack
- Recollections card stock
- Ribbon Scraps
- Cheap Rhinestone
- Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge
- Cricut Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge
- Martha Stewart Crafts Fine Glitter
- Pattern paper scrap
- White Gel Pen
- Cheap Buttons
If you are a crafter somewhere you probably have stash of ribbon scraps that you are dying to find a creative way to use up. One way to use up your ribbon scraps is to make a large focal image that is composed of ribbon scraps. Watch Kristina Werner’s video, to see a great way to use up your scraps.
If your going to use your cricut to get a cut out, I suggest starting with a larger piece of paper. Cut your image center-ish, and then use your paper trimmer to center the image. The next video uses that same technique as Kristina Werner, but I like the way she uses fun shaped paper to punch her shapes out of.
How do you use up your ribbon scraps?