Save Some Moolah – Tip #4

I definitely recommend looking for deals in clearance aisles and at discount stores, but I also wanted to offer a tip/warning about being a smart shopper that I learned from experience: do not pick up that “great deal” if it’s not your style or won’t mesh with your current stash of supplies!  For example, if you have a collection of only cutesy image stamps and paper, it doesn’t make much sense to buy elegant sentiment stamps (even at sale price).  With mismatched items, you may not end up using them because they don’t go with what you already have or  you will make cards and wonder why they don’t look “right.”

Just like shopping for your wardrobe, if you find a craft supply that goes with other supplies you already have, you’ll get more use out of it.  If you find something on super sale, but then have to make other purchases in order to use it, you probably aren’t saving much money.  I have made this mistake before, so I just wanted to share a reminder about evaluating if a deal is really a good deal for YOU so that you can avoid the frustration of having mismatched craft supply collections

Also, to get a better idea of what meshes and matches, you can learn more about distinct styles from this free download of the Card Design Handbook Glossary of Design(from Paper Crafts Magazine).

Specifically, look at page 4 to learn or review the differences between these styles: Fun & Cute, Classy & Elegant, Clean & Graphic, and Shabby Chic & Vintage.

As you grow your collection, it’s fine to try new styles, products, and techniques, but just remember to be a savvy craft shopper and think about what you would like to create before you make that purchase so you get more bang for your buck:)

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October 26, 2012. Tags: , . Tip. 1 comment.

Save Some Moolah – Tip #3

Check out the website of your favorite craft store and consider signing up for their mailing list.  Many craft stores will mail and/or e-mail you coupons and sale ads if you get on their mailing list.  I have an email account separate from my personal e-mail account that I use to sign up for these mailing lists.  That way I can check this separate e-mail account to look at these emails filled with sales and coupons when I want, but don’t feel bombarded by offers in my personal e-mail box.

My favorite coupons to use are 40% off a single item and 20% off your entire purchase, so be on the look out for those and plan out your shopping trips accordingly so you can maximize your savings and be less tempted for last-minute additions to your shopping cart when you are in the store.

May 11, 2012. Tags: , , , . Tip. Leave a comment.

Stamping Timesaving Tip – “Stamped Scraps”

Thank-you note scraps

Let’s be real . . . stamping can make a mess!  Even if you want to make a card at the last-minute, do you really want to take out all your supplies, make a card, and then clean up?

So how can you be ready to make a last-minute card with little to no stamping or mess?

It just takes a little preparation!

I have found that if I am in a stamping mood and am already in the middle of a creative mess, I should just keep on stamping!  A stamp will have to be cleaned whether you use it one time or many, so I figure I may as well get a few uses out of each stamp that I am already using before I clean it.  For example, if I am stamping a flower for one card, I will stamp a bunch of extras for future cards – if I have time I cut them all out, or if I don’t have much time, I just leave them uncut.  To maintain a little stockpile, I store these little “stamped scraps” by category in little sandwich baggies or in a mini notecard file.    Then, when I need a quick card – I can just look through my “stamped scraps” stockpile and either repeat a design I have already used or come up with a quick design.

"Stamped Scraps"

Because I had a little stockpile of already-stamped flowers, I could make a quick card that turned out like this:

Flowers on Circles on Circle Card

No stamping or glue required!  I just had to finish cutting out some flowers and use some little adhesive tabs to put it all together.

April 5, 2012. Tags: , , . Card, Tip. Leave a comment.

Save some Moolah – Tip #2

See what supplies you have before buying new things – Be creative with the materials that are already hidden away in your house!  You might surprise yourself by exploring what you already own and what you can do with it.  Unused colorful scrapbooking paper and cardstock can be trimmed to make cards, so you don’t have to buy the fancy boxes of patterned pre-cut cards.  Ribbons, buttons, and beads leftover from other projects can be fun accents on stamped cards!  I almost got rid of some paper-flowers I had until I paired them with a friend’s leftover rhinestones.  I loved the look and have been making a bunch of flower cards since.  I’ll post some pictures soon!

June 4, 2011. Tags: , , . Tip. Leave a comment.

Save some Moolah – Tip #1

I’m always in search of a good deal and lately I’ve found some great prices on supplies at Target and Ross.  The selection may not be as great as a craft store, but there are some treasures to be found! 

At Target, check out the clearance section near the party/stationery/crafts supplies.  In the past, I have found clear stamp sheets marked down from $7.99 to $1.98.  Also check out their dollar bins in the front of the store for cute paper and cards. 

At Ross, sometimes there is cute scrapbooking paper near where their photo albums are displayed.

December 11, 2009. Tags: , , . Tip. Leave a comment.