Cheap scrapbooking ideas and solutions guaranteed to save you money.
- Use old nail clippers to remove shanks on decorative buttons instead of spending a fortune on a specialist tool. Nail clippers work just as well and are a fraction of the price
- Instead of using fixatives to fix glitter and chalk to your layouts, try cheap hairspray. Just spray lightly over a glittered or powdered surface to stop it falling off. It smells good too.
- Clean badly stained rubber stamps with a mix of baking powder and a little hot water applied with a toothbrush.
- Use make-up sponges made of compressed foam as stamp pads with a difference. You can also adhere them to wooden blocks and stamp the ink onto the page that way.
- If you don’t want to buy a light box, use a glass dish from your kitchen cupboard and a battery operated torch.
- Use small containers such as the ones your tablets or film for your camera come in to store things like beads or sequins.
- Try making your own glitter glue if you can’t find the right colour by mixing clear drying tacky glue and glitter. You can create a pen with it by using a syringe. Store the unfinished mixture in an airtight container, not the syringe.
- Cheap eye shadow makes a great substitute for decorating chalk, and they sometimes have shimmer too.
- Use Carpet tape as double-sided tape, as it is the cheapest you will find. You will just need to cut it to size.
- Store old ink pads upside down, and this allows the ink to penetrate the surface of the pad giving them a new lease on life.
- Instead of buying expensive storage containers, use things like cutlery trays, biscuit tins and Tupperware. Shoe boxes can also be covered and labelled for all your bits and bobs.
- Keep all your old negatives, they make great embellishments.
- Don’t throw your old jewellery away, as these bits also make great embellishments. See the post further down on using your jewellery.
- Never throw old buttons away, as these work wonders with scrapbooking. Same with scraps of material.
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