Tips to Save Money on Craft and Scrapbooking Supplies…

I received the following questions from frugal friends Helen and Lena…

“What are your tips for saving money on craft supplies?”

“Any suggestions on ways to save money on scrapbooking supplies??”

So… what works for you??

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70 Responses to Tips to Save Money on Craft and Scrapbooking Supplies…

  1. Kim says:

    Besides using coupons from Michael’s and Joann Fabrics, I like to split supplies with friends. You each buy one of the giant stacks of papers and then divide it in half.

  2. Mindy Culver says:

    I use Michael’s 40% off coupon and get one small thing a week. There are a ton of online scrapbook places that have some good deals also.

    • Janice Crowell says:

      Michael’s also accepts Hobby Lobby coupons. Usually every other week (more often before Christmas) Hobby Lobby has a 40% coupon. You can get on their e-mail list for the weekly coupon or just go to the website. So this way you can use a Michael’s coupon on one item and a Hobby Lobby coupon on another! And if you have a Hobby Lobby nearby, you can use a coupon once a day for the entire week! (Print enough and keep them with you.)

      • janice says:

        Joann’s also takes competitor’s coupons. When I go, I use joann’s, michael’s, and hobby lobby’s. give me all the discounts as possible!

  3. Bonnie Martin says:

    I have really good luck at Big Lots, Tuesday Morning, Dollar Stores and other overstock stores. They have some Brand Name things greatly reduced that are still being sold at the Craft Stores!

  4. J-9 says:

    Lately The Dollar Tree has had rolls of crafting ribbon like sheer, satin, and grosgrain in tons of colors, some with patterns/prints. most are 5yd rolls so for a $1 that’s a good deal. I make my daughter, niece, and some friends girls hair bows. I’m also interested in how others save on their crafting supplies.

  5. Mrs H says:

    Re-purpose, re-purpose, re-purpose…. Fun when someone gets a special pillow or quilt and they have a vague recollection of having seen the fabric before… Even more fun when the materials have some sentimental value.

    Our depression-era Grandmas had great re-purposing craft ideas!(I remember cleaning out Grandma’s attic and all the coolwhip tubs and rolls of used and washed aluminum foil)

    • Valerie says:

      I am saving my children’s clothes to use to make quilts they can have as adults. I think it’s a great idea for there first outfits ( first Christmas, Thanksgiving…ect) It’s better then them sitting in a box forever! You can also add photo quilt squares of them (maybe even wearing that outfit)

  6. Laura says:

    I save all our gift bags, gift tags and cards and upcycle them! I cut out what we can use from them and recycle the rest. Cards are the best because they have great pictures and designs and are all ready on a thicker paper. They work great in scrapbooks and on home made cards. We also use gift bags that have been ripped to make decorations to use on brown bags to make a new gift bags. Shaped hole punches or shaped scissors make them fun!

    • Becky Browning says:

      Old Christmas cards make great gift tags. I haven’t bought any in years. I try to recycle itmes as well. For example, I use the cardboard inserts that come in the packaging of panty hose, tablecloths and sheet sets to make homemade greeting cards instead of using card stock.

  7. As they say, one frugal girl’s trash is another one’s treasure. Every crafter has supplies they’ll never use–organize a swap party with other crafters to trade your unused supplies. Or if you don’t have local crafting friends maybe you can get involved with (or organize) a travelling box. I belong to a jewelry making forum where we have a travelling bead box that makes the rounds to those members who are interested. When it reaches you, you take out the stuff you want, add in your unwanted stuff of an approximate equal value and send it on. We track it on the forum and everyone has a blast seeing where their unwanted pieces found a new happy home. When the box comes around to you a second time if there is anything left that you put in the last time you remove it so it always stays fresh.

  8. Michele says:

    I signed up to Archiver’s email and mailing list so I use their coupons along with Michael’s and Joanne’s coupons that are usually 40% off. When it’s something that I can’t use a coupon on say my Circut cartridges, I will go on ebay and buy them at a much cheaper price or when my friend and I get together to scrapbook, we will trade cartridges and use each others. We also bring and share stuff that we no longer need—it helps tame the clutter and it helps us save money! Also, sometimes I will buy on clearence if there’s something that I know I will use.

  9. Crystal Henry says:

    I was just looking at my friends scrapbook the other day and noticed the cutest little stickers… You know when you go to the zoo…aquarium and so on and have all these random pics that you wonder what your gonna do with? Well for example she cuts out the animals and applies them to the page to go with the theme! She just tapes/glues them on! I thought it was nifty!

  10. Denise says:

    Oriental Trading!!
    They have a great scrapbooking section
    Michaels, AC Moore & JoAnn Fabric coupons are great too!

  11. Heather Siani says:

    Target has many scrapbooking supplies for $.99. I also scores great deals online. is a good website.

  12. Lisa Kaye says:

    I can’t disagree with anything already mentioned. For paper crafts, Archivers is a wonderful place because they have a huge workroom that you can use along with things like die cutting machines. No investing in big ticket items. Also check out thrift stores, clearance aisles of places like Wal-Mart and yard sales. A few years ago I sold a lot of yardn that was cluttering up my closet. And don’t forget to check out eBay and Craigslist.

  13. Laura says:

    I often find cute stuff at Big Lots and Target! Always use coupons for Michaels, Archivers, Hobby Lobby and JoAnns. And definitely check out the clearance sections! Sharing supplies with others is a good way to get a variety and save money too!

  14. Darlene says:

    I like scrap booking with my girls, we buy things we can all use, for example I may be scrapbooking a book of my cat, dog or birds, my daughter may be scrapbooking her vacation, so we are buying different things but if one has what I want or I have what they want we share it, then we all have what we want… and none of our purchase sits unused I keep eyes open on free-cycle, I also shop big lots, wal-mart, micheals and joAnns with coupons of course… Also my daughter and I made our own christmas tags from old christmas cards, we just cut out the part of the picture we liked and use a hole punch and ribbon, simple and pretty, can also make birthday tags etc…I love crafting and my girls keep me involved by just doing things like this together over tea or lunch..girl time…YAY…

  15. Kelly says:

    You could always host a party for a scrapbooking company, like Creative Memories, to earn the hostess credit and get items for free.

    • Janice Crowell says:

      I’m so glad someone said that! I sold Creative Memories from 1995 to 2000. I still use the products. And hosting a party is a great way to get things free…especially the best quality albums.

    • Becky Browning says:

      That is such a great and fun way to do it. We have a Stampin’ Up Club that meets once a month. Saves money or supplies and you get fresh ideas from each other.

  16. shelley says:

    For sale or trade boards on scrapbooking sites…particularly For Sale or Trade ……always lot’s of people trying to clear out their stash @ good prices :-)

  17. Elexa says:

    Wow how many times are frugal girls going to say that Michaels, Joanns and Archivers have coupons. I think that is something we all have figured out by now.

    I go to thrift stores and find even CHEAPER products. I take wooden pieces that have patterns that are super tacky holiday themes on them and spray paint them and craft around it.
    I buy foreign language books and sheet music for backgrounds, my best score was Alice in Wonderland because it has lots of illustrations in it.
    Lastly, try in your city, it’s a free exchange program for people who are regularly going to throw out stuff.

    Make sure you look out for conventions in your area and go to their website for coupons to the show and search through all of their bargain bins. 50 cent stamps are my favorite find at stamping shows.
    Find great graphics for free to print for projects on they are mostly vintage.

    Comment on crafter’s blogs when they have freebie competitions too.

    Hope this is a little more original and informative than the other posts.

  18. Kristin says:

    Not sure where you are located, but you could look and see if there is a scrapbook expo near you. I always get great deals there.
    Also try your local scrapbook store, they usually have a clearence section of “old stuff”. Who knew scrap stuff ever got old or out of season right?!? Now is the best time to check too, they just had their huge trade show here in Los Angeles to order all the new collcetions. Many are having giant sales to make room for everything they ordered.
    I agree with the others that mentioned ebay, it is a great place to look.

  19. June Sroufe says:

    I use coupons, sales, and clearance whenever possible. Garage sales can have some treasures! But my biggest fav on saving on scrapbooking supplies, I use gift bags given at birthdays, christmas, whatever occasion, as embelishments, or the whole page. I keep the cardboard from a 12 by 12 fat pack and use it as a template for cutting my page out. Make it easy to do a layout of the special gift, 2 sides of the bag, plus the bag matches in the picture.

  20. denise says:

    I like to knit and I ended up going to the hardware store for some round flat washers to use as stitch markers, these are more durable than the plastic kind.

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