There are sooo many nice crafting stores where I’m living at the moment, it’s like being into temptation (if you want to know why click here) every time I walk around the city center!
Unfortunately, how most of you crafty friends know, this kind of stuff is generally not cheap at all. Therefore, unless you have enough money to buy all your stationary items in those kind of stores (then lucky you), here are some tips about how to maintain this hobby without going in the red:
1 | Learn from your granny – KEEP EVERYTHING
I don’t know yours, but my granny (and my mum) have this mania of keeping any kind of stuff related to a special memory (like the first dummy I’ve used…don’t ask,wondering how that is still intact…).
Okay, do not take this literally (you can’t even imagine how many things you’ll end up having!!) BUT do take it as an advice to keep nice items you come across, for example: wrapping paper of gifts you’ve received, magazines, news papers, cereal boxes … anything that you like and think might be useful one day!
2 | Implement the “RECOVERING ART”
Have you ever thought that a cake box can actually become a beautiful gift box just by re-covering it with nice paper and adding a few decorations? Have you ever thougt that, that ugly wrapping paper used for your birthday present can actually be cutten and used as background for one the pages of the scrapbook you’re making? Well, now you know!
Everything can have a second life! Maybe you can’t imagine using it now but who knows…that button could be the exact same colour of the fabric you’ll be sewing one day!
3 | PRINT & GLUE istead of buying
Stickers and pasties are one of the cutest things to use – I feel you there.
But once again, they are not the cheapest things + often when you buy a whole pack you end using just a half.
What about cutting nice shapes/ flowers/ letters from a colorful magazine? Not only you’ll end up saving money, but also the “collage” effect, if well matched. is super nice! And if you don’t find the right shape or colour: thanks god there’s Pinterest! It’s FULL of free templates & printables on the web (for example this one, or this one, or this one…) I’m sure you’ll find what fits you!
4 | Don’t stick to stationary stores only
Stationary stores are not the only places where you can find crafting equipment. Keep an eye also on normal supermarkets and house items stores, they often have temporary offers or promotions: cheap and advantageous!
For the ones who live in Europe I strongly suggest LIDL and ALDI. Globally, IKEA has frequently interesting supplies.
What about you? Do you have any tricks to not go in red when crafting?