Saving Money While Scrapbooking

Mary Beth C. (NDM#6) (22 Posts)

Hi! I am a Canadian Disney mom to two Neurotic Disney Kids and a wife to my husband who still doesn't "get it" when I talk about Disney. Until a couple years ago, I assumed I was the only person in the world who thought about Walt Disney World every day and night. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised when I found the on-line community of Neurotic Disney People. My other passion outside of Disney is scrapbooking, and I truly don't feel life is complete unless I have a Disney trip album to work on. I've been scrapbooking for over 15 years and I belong to various scrapbooking forums as well. My secret wish is to be Tinkerbell as she flys out of Cinderella's Castle during Wishes, and my favorite food item at WDW is the corn bread at the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue. When I am resting at WDW you can find me resting by the pool at Port Orleans French Quarter. My favorite park is the Magic Kingdom as it is the first one I ever visited and is the one with the most special memories!


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Using brochures or pamphlets can assist with journaling and can add titles or lettering to your layouts.

Even the brochures from any park or event can be repurposed into a layout.As much as I love Scrapbooking, I also love planning my trips to Walt Disney World. But with a busy family and other vital expenses (heat, hydro, mortgage, Ugh!) taking most of my paycheck each week, I need to find ways to save money to feed both of my addictions! Many people avoid scrapbooking their precious Disney photos because they think it will be too expensive, but there are many ways you can archive your memories for future generations AND still have $$$ left over to save for our Happy Place!

The easiest and most important way to save money while scrapbooking is to stay organized! If you keep supplies if you know where they are. I have been guilty of mixing up my supplies and have bought extra embellishments only to find my original supplies after completing my layout. What a waste! Save your scraps. Little pieces of paper make great photo mats, borders or accents to your pages. Even the smallest scrap can be used to add a splash of colour to any layout. Find extra uses for other products. Save the ribbon from a present or gift box and repurpose it into a layout. My family knows that when we travel to Walt Disney World I save everything, and I mean everything! No map, receipt, or (clean) napkin gets thrown out as they are brought home and repurposed into my layouts. The Welcome package that you receive when you check into your Disney hotel is a great source of possible page titles, background paper and pictures to add to your Scrapbook pages.

Watch for deals. Buy supplies that you know you will use a lot of, like adhesive, when it goes on sale. My local Scrapbook Store has a discounts for anyone who purchases a V.I.P. card. The card costs $20.00, but it yields me 15% off of all of my purchases plus many other special deals throughout the year and is well worth the cost. Share with your friends. Try to arrange a time with your Scrapbooking friends to get together and borrow tools from each other. I have one friend that I Scrapbook with weekly and we share many tools and duplicate papers.

If you actively follow even one of my suggestions you will be able to keep your Scrapbooking costs down and you can begin planning your next magical vacation sooner than you thought!

Mary Beth C. (NDM#6)

Hi! I am a Canadian Disney mom to two Neurotic Disney Kids and a wife to my husband who still doesn't "get it" when I talk about Disney. Until a couple years ago, I assumed I was the only person in the world who thought about Walt Disney World every day and night. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised when I found the on-line community of Neurotic Disney People. My other passion outside of Disney is scrapbooking, and I truly don't feel life is complete unless I have a Disney trip album to work on. I've been scrapbooking for over 15 years and I belong to various scrapbooking forums as well. My secret wish is to be Tinkerbell as she flys out of Cinderella's Castle during Wishes, and my favorite food item at WDW is the corn bread at the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue. When I am resting at WDW you can find me resting by the pool at Port Orleans French Quarter. My favorite park is the Magic Kingdom as it is the first one I ever visited and is the one with the most special memories!

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