Today I want to talk about making do with your current scrappy stash in regards to tackling Project Life. Now I know it is exciting to buy new scrap goodies, but let’s face it, most of us probably could get away with our current scrap stash and fill many years worth of Project Life albums (**GUILTY HERE!!**).
Even though I could probably honestly scrapbook with my current stash for 500 years, I’ve still been buying Project Life Core Kits & Themed Cards, but I have done so relatively smartly (*chuckle* I need more crafty products like a fat kid needs more cake. . .). 1.) I’m only buying sets I know I can use & I love. 2. ) I’m never paying full price. 3.) I’m selling off some of the duplicates so I am not left overrun with journaling cards I won’t use.
Now if you are completely new to scrapbooking and you are trying Project Life without any previous scrapping experience, then of course you won’t have the collection (aka hoard!) of supplies that a lot of us have accumulated over the years. While you still will need to purchase items, there are ways you can be smarter about those purchases. If you are new to the paper crafty world, then you may not know some of the tricks of the trade of some of us more “seasoned” crafters 🙂 Well, I am sharing some of those tips & tricks in the following list & 2 videos!
First, I have a quick little list of ideas on how to save money on Project Life-ing:
- Make your own Week 1, Week 2, etc title cards using cut down cardstock, alpha stickers, and or die cut letters/numbers.
- Make your own journaling cards by cutting down your patterned paper & then embellishing them with your current stash.
- Embellish your journaling shapes with SVG cuts in your electronic die cutter or Cricut machines. You can even print out fun titles and such with your Cameo or electronic cutter!
- You can make your own clear overlays to go over your photos using white cardstock & your Cameo of electronic die cutter. Glue the white shape/title directly to your photo or onto a piece of acetate or other clear plastic piece.
- Use a journaling card die. SP has a few different sets, American Crafts is coming out with a new set, and various other companies are offering dies or punches as well!
- Skip all the different pocket protectors and just glue your journaling cards to cardstock or patterned papers & use your plain ole 12×12 protectors. (See the first video below!)
- Purchase partial Project Life Core Kits. I broke apart some of my kits & have some partials in the SP Store. You can find buddies to trade with in the Project Lifers Swap groups on SplitcoastStampers, Facebook groups, Two Peas In a Bucket Forum, etc.
- Purchase Printable journaling cards & use them over and over again! Much cheaper than buying sets of cards that you run out of.
- Save money on your photos by waiting for coupons or ordering photos in higher volumes. It seems like every other week Walgreens is running a new coupon or discount. And after 50 or 100 prints, you get a cheaper price per photo. (And remember, you can work on your Project Life and keep yourself on track by planning out your layouts. Then you can just add your photos in when you get them printed, see part 2 of this video series for more info)
- I am guessing many of us already own a corner rounder (or a couple of them). Well then skip the Project Life brand corner rounder and just use the one you already have. It’s OK if the corners aren’t IDENTICAL. They will be close enough 🙂
- If you are going to buy the PL Core Kits and such, wait for a sale or use a coupon. Try not to pay full price for those items. I’m offering 35% off the new PL collections during our Pre-Order period. Be sure to check it out if you want to save on the newer stuff (See sidebar).
In the following video, I how you how to make do with the plain 12×12 page protectors that some of us already have tons of. Doing this method uses up some of your 12×12 papers AND saves you the hassle of running out of the certain pockets you are using. It also has one other benefit I talk about in this video:
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In the following video, I show you how simple it is to make your own journaling cards using SP die tools:
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I hope that gives you some ideas on ways you can cut costs on your Project Life. Do you have any other ways to save on PL? Please leave your best tips below!