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Usually, when I receive an invitation to a scrapbooking party, I slowly back away from the speaker as if she were the Child-Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Contact me if you’ve discovered the secret to truly inexpensive conventional scrapbooking.
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The Child-Catcher has been a metaphor for me for every addictive lure that leads to bankruptcy and other unwanted destinations. I keep away from the “Child-Catchers”.
Why? Because I have heard so many stories of girlfriends who took a part-time job at a discount scrapbooking supplies store only to use nearly 60% of her paycheck on scrapbook albums. This is why I set a time limit when I am at Joann’s scrapbook paper section. To me, scrapbooking can be a dangerous hobby.
How am I connected to scrapbooking at all? My mom in law and sister in law do it. Many of my homeschooling mom girlfriends and teacher friends do it. I just don’t believe in cheap scrapbooking. I’m super-frugal so I notice that the cost of the hobby is outside of my budget.
What do I do instead? I use Pinterest and Weheartit as online scrapbooking websites. Try it for yourself by looking for yarn wreaths on one of the 5 sites. Disclosure: I have not been paid to endorse any company, brand, product or blog.
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What do I mean? Well scrapbooking has two major appeals: practical use and imagination. Keeping scrapbook albums preserves memories of wonderful life events. This is practical because reflection is great for mental health and Kaiser Permanente’s Thrive suggested reviewing photos as a mood booster.
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What about imagination? You may not be a certified interior designer or professionally trained chef but you still can select images of wall paper that you fancy and tiered cakes that make you drool. Right?
This is a way to exercise your imagination, plan your living space or future party. This is long-range budgeting or “window shopping”. For example, what if you spy a repin of a Pottery Barn Teen bedding set that you love?
If you do your research, you can find it for cheaper or even sew your own. Tutorials galore on Pinterest.
If you want an album that is more like a newsfeed rather than a mosaic, you can consider Stumbleupon. That’s one way I bookmark the home decor blogs I like. Explore architecture that appeals to you too.
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What is the end product? A vision board. An inspiration board. A digital album of your likes and dislikes for your “domain”. To me, it’s the best of “dress up” from childhood. You can “dress up” your virtual dining room, your wardrobe and your kitchen without spending a dime. I visit DwellingGawker and NotCot.org rarely but I heard those are two other places for this type of digital scrapbooking.
You may have noticed that magazines targeted for a female audience tend to be photo-heavy as opposed to text-heavy. Why is that? I learned in business school marketing class that women tend to process images more quickly than text. We women, according to consumer research, are quick to multi-task as well as scout out pretty and useful things for our lifestyle.
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Even if you are not a fashion maven or sewing pro, think about a seasonal ribbon that attracted you or lace for a child’s headband. We are expert hunters of good things. Why not organize these good things on an online scrapbook?
Look for my future post on how to use dollhouse ideas for your apartment decor. It’ll feature my findings on how scouting for dollhouse decor can help you make better interior design choices for your real home.
Happy Digital Scrapbooking!