Monday, May 08, 2006

Big Bix Bargains

When we think of Wal-Mart and Target, we don't necessarily think of scrapbook supplies (like we would of our local craft store), but you'd be surprised at the bargains you can find!!

Target, for example, has an actual scrapbook section, but if you go a few aisles over to the card section, you will find some cute epoxy stickers...that always seem to be on clearance. You can also get paper clips in a variety of shapes and sizes in the school supplies aisle:

  • A 5-count pack of primary color, jumbo clips is $1.50,

  • A 48-count pack of tropical color, geometric shaped clips is $2.00, and

  • A 50-count pack of metallic, circle clips is $3.00.

  • The options are obviously limited, but whose not for saving a little money every now and then!

    Wal-Mart, too, has a good selection of scrapbooking basics and some of the best prices we've seen. EK Success Adornaments Scrapbook Fibers are only $5.00 and Vario Tab Refills are less than $6.00 - both $1.00 plus less than what you'll find at most stores.

    Happy Saving!!

    Tuesday, May 02, 2006

    Making Your Own Patterned Paper

    Announcing Baby's Arrival

    Looking for a unique way to add a baby's birth date to a scrapbook layout or handmade announcement?

    Just go into Microsoft Word, or your word processor of choice, and type in baby's birth date in various font types and sizes (even do different date formats). Do about five lines to create some variety, copy and paste it several times to create a large block of text (your pattern) and then print it out onto cardstock that will match your layout. Then, all you have to do is cut it to fit the size of the scrapbook element (e.g., a 2" x 8" strip).

    Toddler Art

    If you have a toddler around the house that is just getting into crayons, have them create some patterned paper for you! Just sit them down with a sheet of white cardstock, some crayons and let them color away.

    Take pictures of them while they're doing it and you've got the makings of an adorable layout!!