Wednesday, February 27, 2008

can't I just scrap the whole darn thing?

I never thought I'd say this, but I'm making a scrapbook. For Kali, of course. And the first thing I've learned about scrapbooks is that there's a lot of overpriced stuff out there.

After going to the big box craft store and spending about $60 on an album and some paper, I happened by doll.arama and found tons of scrapbook stuff. I stocked up on everything I'll need for at least a few months, all for $30. I returned the other stuff to the big box store.

And then, as I contemplated the need for cute little die-cuts and other embellishments, it hit me: we got tons of greeting cards with cute little baby designs on them. Some of them even have 3-D die cuts on the fronts. Who the heck needs to buy cute little cutouts? I have a bonanza right here in my recycle bin.

just one thing... I bought myself a fis.kars shape cutter, which is supposed to let you do freestyle cutting, but I'm just not getting the hang of it. Any thoughts?


Aurelia said...

I'm not an experienced scrap booker, but I will say that I know the acid free archival paper matters when you do this, because especially when you add computer printed photos these days, the whole thing can deteriorate and colors wash out.

Same thing with the glue and tape.

So for this part, maybe get the photos printed on that stuff?

decemberbaby said...

Thanks... we're gonna get the photos printed by Shutterfly (we get 200 free prints with 150 pampers points...). Also, I was pleased to see that the scrapbook paper and glue from dollarama was acid- and lingin-free.

The Town Criers said...

You are so freakin' smart with the greeting card thing.

Lisa b said...

dollarama rocks. didn't realise about the acid free though.
I hate where I live. we have only friggin loomis rape me store.

Lisa b said...

and ebay
I bought a pack of 'creative memories' or whatever the hell they are called.
you can borrow those too if you want.

April said...

I couldn't get the hang of that shape cutter, either. And I'm an avid "scrapper." I tossed it in favor of free handing it with pretty-edged scissors. The big box stores sell 'em for a buck each.