Pinterest-Inspired Budget Scrapbooking

After I failed miserably at keeping a baby book up to date during Jona's first year, one of my goals for this year is to make a Jona-scrapbook and update it every month. In January I went to a craft store to get started. I picked up a Project Life notebook and wandered the scrapbooking aisles feeling overwhelmed and wondering why everything scrapbook-related is so dang expensive. I left the store with only the notebook and filler sheets, but decided that was all I needed.

I remembered that Megan at Ginger Snaps wrote a great post on scrapbooking on a budget, and her tips were so helpful in getting started. I used PicMonkey to size my photos to fit the sleeves, and I used paper and supplies that I already had at home. While there are a few things I'd like to buy to make my album even better, like letter stamps and some more printed paper, I think I'm off to a pretty good start. The most important part is that I'm actually printing these pictures and putting them together, rather than just leaving them to sit on my phone or computer forever.


3 Budget Scrapbook Tips: 

1. Use PicMonkey to edit, resize, and print your photos (for free!). 

2. Use a mix of inexpensive supplies and items you already have. The printed paper and stickers I used were both things I already had left over from other crafts. 

3. Keep it simple. Remember this is mostly about the photos, so don't feel the need to add too many other things to your pages. 



Do you like to make scrapbooks? Do you have any tips? 

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24 comments:

  1. Oh fun! These are great ideas and tips and very timely for me - I'm just getting started on a Scrapbook of Ollie's first year. I did buy some supplies from Michaels, but I'm trying to keep it pretty budget friendly too. I love PicMonkey, I'll be using that too! You'll have to share more from Jona's book as you go!

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  2. Thanks! I did too--I still do love looking at the one my mom made for me!

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  3. Thanks Beth! Ooh you'll have to show off yours too, I can't wait to see. I failed at Jona's first year, but hopefully I'll be better about it from here on out.

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  4. I used to scrapbook (and wish I still did), but it got away from me and now I wouldn't know where to begin. But your scrapbooking adventure is taking off- I love what you've put together so far! :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  5. It wasn't until I had Jona that I really wanted to get into it again. Hopefully I'll get better about keeping up with it!

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  6. I've never been much of a scrapbooker, my scrapbooks never look as cool as I feel like they should. You did a great job!

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  7. Thanks Gingi! Yeah, I know--scrapbooking stuff is EXPENSIVE. Seriously. But I think it can be done on the cheap, you just have to get creative. Hopefully I'll get better as I go on!

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  8. What a great job you're doing and you have a great tip to use picmonkey to resize the photos. I also wandered into the Project Life aisle with intentions of making something and felt overwhelmed. I just baby books and filled them as best as I could, but yours looks so much more unique. I'm trying to make two family photo albums a year on Shutterfly. This is reminding me that I still need to finish 2014 Volume II. :) (I really like his "Let's Eat" page!)

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  9. Way to make progress on this! Very impressed with just that, and additionally with how cute it's turning out. Love that it's a great way to use up paper etc. from other crafts (which I have a ton of). I still haven't done Hendrik's first year album... planning to just order it from Shutterfly and dreading sitting down to narrow down which photos and how to arrange them on the pages. Hopefully this will inspire me to just get started with a month at a time :)

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  10. Thanks Megan! I feel like the scrapbooking section of craft stores is SO overwhelming too. I've been wanting to do this for a while, so I thought if I did it a month at a time, I'd maybe complete a book for the year (fingers crossed). I like the idea of doing a few a year on Shutterfly. Maybe that's what I should do for Jona's first year so I have something...

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  11. Thanks Anne! It really is a good use-up project, although I feel like there are things I really need to make it cuter. Especially after I read the scrapbook posts on A Beautiful Mess and see all the awesome ones they create!
    I haven't done Jona's first year album either...I kind of just skipped straight to the second. I think I'll do a shutterfly one for his first too, but I'm also dreading the whole choosing/uploading/organizing part. I could spend the whole day doing that! And I don't want to spend the whole day doing that.

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  12. I used to be really into scrapbooking, but the supplies were causing too much clutter in my house. I love these ideas of keeping it really simple and sticking with just a few embellishments. I have been doing digital books for the past couple of years, but I love the handmade quality of an album like this. I might try one soon!

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  13. Thanks! I feel like that can happen so easily--there's just so much STUFF out there to accumulate. My budget is helping me to not accumulate too much though. But I also like the idea of digital scrapbooks, and I want to try to do a mix of both kinds.

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  14. I started getting into scrapbooking, Project Life and paper crafts in general in a huge way a couple of years ago. I now how a room dedicated to storing all the supplies. It's crazy, but wow, is it my happy place! I would love to send you a little goody box of some PL cards, washi tape samples, stickers, etc. if you want. I totally agree that the albums should be about the pictures and journaling what is going on vs. the "extras" (but the extras can be kind of fun!).

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  15. Hi there!! You know, I miss your blog so much, it was always one of my favorites!!
    I have seen lots of creative scrapbook IG posts from you--that is awesome that you have a whole ROOM for your paper craft/scrapbook stuff. And of course I would love getting goodies, are you kidding me?! You're right the extras can be fun--but sometimes I get overwhelmed by what's out there. Thanks so much Kimberly!!

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  16. This is so fun! I used to love scrapbooking-- now I just use my blog as one. It is a fun hobby!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  17. Thanks Melanie! I use my blog as sort of a scrapbook too, I didn't really think of it that way!

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  18. What a smart idea! I can't get into the serious scrapbooking, but this I can get! Love how you used what you already had to make it unique! Swinging over from Pin to Present!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

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  19. i love how you can do this on a budget. i hear scrapbooking can be crazy expensive

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  20. what a timely post! i've been thinking i want to start a book for max - something that begins in pregnancy and then just grows with him- and now i'm feeling even more committed :) good thing we have our blogs to make us take pictures and record things -- easy to pull stories from!

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  21. I totally agree, I think neutrals make it so much easier to layer. You always do a great job of layering, especially with your jewelry. Totally envious of your awesome collection over here :)

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  22. Hi Katie, I'm glad you stopped by! I agree, I don't have the time or money for serious scrapbooking either, but if I can do a little every month, on the cheap, it's totally manageable. Thanks! :)

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  23. Yes, it can be ridiculously expensive, but I don't think it has to be. Thanks Elle!

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  24. Oh you should--and share it with us, pretty please! And I totally agree about the blog being such a great place to document memories and pull from for "physical" memory books. That's why I started doing Jona "update" posts, so that I'd have record of all the fun memories!

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