To Document Our Lives

I've been having alot of creative juices flowing lately. Unfortunately they're going in the direction of things I have no experience in.

Like scrapbooking. I really want to get into scrapbooking. I've never really done it before, except for once in high school. But I would like to make a scrapbook of highlights in our married life.

Unfortunately, it can be kind of pricey to get started. Gracious, to buy prints of my pictures alone could cost me quite a bit of money.

I know some of you must be scrapbookers (is that what you call yourselves? See, I don't even know that). After all, part of the reason we blog is the same reason why we'd scrapbook, right? To document things in our lives.

We women are just natural documenters, and when I walk through the aisles of all the pretty papers and stickers at Hobby Lobby, I get the urge to get in on this method of documenting.

So, any places to buy cheap scrapbooking stuff? What do I need to get started? Any inexpensive ways to get prints of the pictures I want to use? Any input would be appreciated, even if you aren't a scrapbooker!

Do you ladies find yourselves getting the urge to document? What are some of the ways you accomplish that, besides blogging?


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chloƫ. said...

Well I just went with making a photo book for our wedding, and being a perfectionist when it comes to crafty things, I loved how it makes it impossible to mess up! LOL...I would get so mad when my scrapbook page didn't turn out *EXACTLY how I wanted it to. For a 51 page photobook, I paid $34 after using a coupon code. I know a scrapbook would've cost way more, and taken lots more time.

But there is definitely something about a scrapbook that is so charming. I would love to do one for my future children's lives one day, with news clippings from the year they were born and stuff.

Kelley said...

I have decided that as much as I like the idea of having a scrapbook, I just don't seem to have the patience for it...and I think it's supposed to be a stress relieving project, and it just makes me feel overwhelmed!

BUT if you have the desire to do it, I say go for it! It will be beautiful!

Unknown said...

I totally hear you! I have been getting all creative too and wanting to do stuff like scrapbooking and more diy projects, but I just don't know where to begin..oh and yeah it's not cheap! Good luck girl :)

Julie S. said...

I use the Creative Memories brand of albums, page protectors, etc. It IS expensive to get started. WalMart sells albums too, just make sure they will be protected over time. I would encourage you to check out Creative Memories website and read what they say- it might help!

Kara @ Just1Step said...

If you have a Walgreens near you, figure out how to sign up for their email photo list. They send out lots of coupon codes to get cheap prints of pictures. :) Some are even free!

SB said...

I get a ton of my supplies at JoAnn's fabric and crafts and use their 40% off coupons all the time. also, I print picture at costco or walmart. good prices and nice prints. and a lot of them let you upload at home and then you can just go in later and pick them up!

Jessica said...

I used to be into scrapbooking, but it just got to be too expensive, and it took me too much time. I do have a digital scrapbooking program on my computer, and I LOVE it. I am working on a few albums now, and I'm trying to find a place where I could print them into a nice album. I've also seen places where you can basically turn your blog into a book. You can pick what posts you want to print, and which pictures you want to show,you can design it into a pretty layout, and you can have it printed into a nice book. I am more into this type of thing than real scrapbooking. I guess just because it takes less patience and in the long run I think it will be less expensive.

Kate Craig said...

When I scrapbook or make cards, I do everything with paper. Like, I don't buy stickers or anything fancy like that. You can make a lot of fun things just out of paper! And if you buy paper in book with coupons it's not toooo bad. I can show you pictures if you would like!

chloƫ. said...

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LeAnna said...

Ditto the digital scrapbooking! The books are so easy to make, and you can get codes for free shipping and discounts right and left. They're simple, and you don't have to find space to keep all your scrapbooking stuff. I seriously need to get caught up before we have another baby to add to the mix!

AmyK said...

Flea markets and garage sales. Seriously. Sometimes you can find a garage sale where someone is giving up on scrapbooking but has all this stuff she doesn't want anymore, so she's selling it for fairly cheap. That way you can try it out and make sure you like it before getting the serious stuff.

Amanda said...

Scrapping is so much fun! And card making! I'm bigger into that because I have trouble cutting my pictures! If you have a Mighty Dollar store near you, they have lots of great scrapbooking supplies for $1 (or at least the one where I live does). If not, use coupons for Hobby Lobby if there's one near you and go often so you can hit up the different sales each week and never pay full price. It seems like everything in that store goes on sale about every 4-6 weeks. I use Snapfish.com for printing photos when they have free shipping (usually around any national holiday). Good luck! Oh, and there's scrapbuck.com where lots of supplies are just $1 or significantly cheaper than other stores.

Nicki said...

Hello! I've been scrapbooking for years, but have also found my bank account to suffer significantly. My boyfriend then reminded me that it's called SCRAPbooking for a reason.. .SO, i set out on a new mission--to be aware of all the little cute things around me that I could snatch and use. For example, I save old wedding invitations, ribbons, strings, pretty paper, etc! Have fun with it! :] I also find that my pages have more of a story when I find materials from all over! :]

Brittany Ann said...

I'm a scrapbooker:)

And you can find a lot of stuff on sale at Hobby Lobby actually. They'll mark their entire scrapbooking section down 50-75 percent periodically, and that's when I snap everything up!

Jen | Our Life Accounts said...

Well, scrapbooking can be pretty pricey. There is nothing worse than buying a cheap album and putting your pictures in only to have them destroyed down the road due to not being archival friendly (this is what happened to me when I first started) and then when you start buying the good stuff that doesn't ruin the photos or fall apart..the cost starts to add up (though michaels and joanns coupons do help!). I use mostly creative memories stuff which I bought when I was young, single and had no bills. I don't think I could afford most of the "equipment" style stuff now. Ebay is an excellent place to look for supplies that people no longer want (particularly creative memories) you can find really good deals! Also craigslist! I've seen tons of consultants decide to stop doing creative memories and selling off their inventory on craigslist. Also, don't limit it to just your city because often times consultants getting rid of inventory all over are more than happy to ship it!

I use mostly blurb albums now because I appreciate the fact that they are cheap, the handwriting is much better than mine, and if something happens to it, it's easy to reprint it.

I good source for cheap small prints are places like walmart, walgreens and cvs. Sign up for their emails and they send free coupon codes out all the time. For bigger prints, Mpix sends out regular deals over email that are excellent and their quality is supposed to be quite good as well!

*phew* sorry for the info overload, I've scrapbooked for nearly 15 years!

Callie said...

Accidentally published this post twice, here's Brittney's comment form the other post:

Brittney Galloway said...

Hi! I used to paper scrapbook but am really getting into digital scrapbooking- there is so much free stuff!

But if you want to paper scrapbook, I think the key to getting started is to be methodical. Print out the pictures you want for say, 4 pages. take them (in envelopes, one for each page,) to the store and look only for the paper and decorations you want for those pages.

If you do that for your first album, then by the end you'll have a mini stockpile without putting up alot of money up front.

Kristin said...

Yes, I'm a scrapbooker. I've been doing it for 11 years, and have a combo of Creative Memories (for cutting tools, their's can't be beat...they are worth every penny), and Stampin' Up! (which is the company I work for - to pay for my habit!). SU! -and I imagine other companies too- have scrapbooking "kits". I LOVE them. They're called Simply Scrappin' and have solid and patterned cardstock, sticker borders, embellishments, text boxes, etc. So you basically can make a whole book using one SS kit (plus some white or other neutral base pages). I use these all the time and really appreciate the coordination factor.- As others mentioned, Michaels and JoAnn's are a good source for stuff too w/ their 40 or 50% off coupons. I usually get my albums (12x12) from Michaels when they go on sale for 2 for $8.- All that said, I do also have a Digital Scrapbooking Software Program. Which, incidentally, I've used to design my blog with as well. I like digital scrapbooking, but I like the hands-on, old fashioned kind best :-)

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