Friday Spotlight #7:

I have an exciting new store to spotlight for all of my bargain-hunting friends! If you like the big-lots scrapping section and the scrappy finds at the Target $1 spot, then is for you. There are literally thousands of items in this store, and approximately half of those are $1.00!

You can see that I have a ton of stuff here, including name brands like K&Co, Making Memories, Autumn Leaves, Imaginisce, Chatterbox, Lil Davis, EK Success, Karen Foster, Reminisce, etc. They have tools, adhesives, pens, papers, stickers, chipboard, jewels, albums…you name it. Here is what $30 looks like from there:

Here are some of the projects I made, using my kit from above. This first one is a little frame that I made using the black cardstock and handmade paper. I used the imaginisce rub-ons, using only the stems, and then I added the beautiful K&Co. flowers, Forever in time gem brads, and MM ribbon.

Here is a layout of our cat. Chad rescued him from the woods one day and brought him home. The colors were perfect and I love the texture of these green papers! And, check out the great font on those glitter letters! I got a package w/ 2 of each letter (I made the last “t” from an “f”) and they are only like $1.50 in the store!
More glitter letters, and this time I used some Autumn Leaves ribbon. I also used the gorgeous felt flowers. It was originally all one piece that was connected, but I did some cut work and reattaching to make the shapes I wanted for this page.

And, more of that great handmade paper and a BIG chipboard flower, with glitter and gem…completely ready to just attach to the card. I added the greeting with more of those glittery letters and oila, instant card!

Laura, the DT coordinator has generously offered that will donate a prize package for our giveaway this week! So, to be entered just leave a comment on this post telling us all your best money-saving tip related to scrapbooking.

And, the winner of last week’s gift certificate to Scrapperie Kits & Boutique, chosen by :

Jill Sarginson said…
Here’s my quote:A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent

Love your blog!

Congrats, Jill. Please EMAIL ME your email address so that Sandi can get you a gift certificate to the store :)


  1. Claude says

    Wow, that’s some nice stuff!My best money saving tip is this: I have a small basket on my scrap table where I put all my odds and ends once I’m finished with a layout. The next time I scrap, I fish in there and always find something to use that might’ve ended up in the trash otherwise.

  2. Lisa T. Howard says

    YAY Jill! Crystal, such great deals and look at all the beautiful things you did with those bargains! I really look forward to your Friday Spotlight. You’ve introduced us to some amazing products/vendors! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!!!

  3. BonnieRose says

    wow… thks for sharing the site, and ur projects are amazing.. I will have to check them out! My fave money saving tip: think outside the box… use things u have in your home for your pages and projects and cards that u might have normally thrown away… bits of junk mail, papers, packaging, cardboard… and yes, your scraps! I keep my scraps too.. and I always have that perfect piece just waiting for me right there!

  4. Brenda says

    My best money saving tip is to use those junk cd’s and turn them into a cd album using my bind it all.LOVE your projects!!! Beautifly done and love all the colors! Thanks for the link as well.hugsBrenda

  5. Jocelyn says

    YAY Jill…so happy you won!!!!! I save all kinds of little pieces that I get from random places. I shopped at Cold Water Creek last week and they tied my package up with this awesome ribbon. It went right into my ribbon stash!!! I love to swap things to….I trade what I am tired of and get supplies that others are tired of. Making old into new!!!!! I just adore all the projects that you completed….. Wowza they are stunning!!!! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!!!

  6. Diana Fisher says

    Yeah, beautiful things from cheap supplies–I love it! I am off to check out that store. My big scrappy money saving tip: Use the cardboard on the back of scrap packs to make stencils/templates/chipboard. I have so many shapes cut out now that I use them more than my Cricut!

  7. Jennifer says

    Hi there! My tip is to take your advice and shop at Scrapbuck! I have and I got some amazing stuff for very little money. Be sure to check out the flocked chipboard alphas!

  8. Lori says

    Hey, thanks for telling us about Scrapbuck, I’d never heard of it before this!!! My money saving tip: recycle anything and everything you can around the house…junk mail, cereal boxes, greeting cards, buttons off of old clothing…sheesh, you can even take that old clothing, say a flannel shirt, for example, and cut swatches or strips or shapes, whatever, and use those on your scrappy pages! Your imagination is your only limit!

  9. iammaryburke says

    My best tip is to get a part-time job at a scrapbook store with a really good discount. I work 4 hours a week and get almost 50% off my scrapbook supplies!

  10. Heather says

    Congrats Jill! I had never heard of Scrapbuck before Crystal! Congrats on the DT spot. I’m going to head over and check them out. My money saving tip is to look everything over before tossing it into the trash. Lots of times packaging can be used as transparencies! Especially the packaging that comes with acrylic stamps.

  11. April says

    My best money saving tip is to get stuff for freeeeee! Find a local freecycle group in your area and post that you’re looking for supplies. In just the last week, I’ve gotten tons of paper and 5 HUGE wallpaper sample books from 2 different ladies. Score! ;)- April

  12. Anonymous says

    I have learned to use my adhesive more spariingly. When I first started I would go through adhesive sooo fast, but I soon realized that you don’t need to cover every inch of paper or a photo – just a dab in each cornor and a little in the middle and viola your set.jennifer h

  13. Chelsey says

    I am def. going to check out this site. Thanks for posting about it! The way that I save money on my scrapbook supplies is being a CM Consultant. I havent paid for anything at all in nearly 2 years. You cant beat free! Another thing that I do is buy kits and bundles. It is an easy way to get a discount on items that you will end up purchasing anyway.

  14. Suz says

    That's a great site – I added to my bookmarks.Those are cute projects. A tip anyone can do is to mix your older stash in with the latest/greatest. It's amazing how great the layout will look.I'll share again (no growning y'all) my homemade thickers… I cut 4 of a letter from Paper Resources kraft paper (25 12×12 sheets for $3.99 at Hobby Lobby and that's regular price I stock up when 50% off – it's darker & rougher than Bazzill but works great for this)Cut a 5th layer from pattern paper or Bazzill kraft (whatever you want finished layer to be)adhere them together using liquid glue or I use PVASuper titlework in any size, font, color. Cheap & once you get in the groove it's not too time consuming

  15. Nancy says

    looks great, Who doesn’t love a good bargin. I have two money saving tip combined into one. It is just like this, following blogs and entering their give aways. If you win, you get FREE product, you can’t beat free. Second following scrappy blogs and galleries gives you great ideas, tips and techniques, again all for free. I do love the magazines of the industry, but you can find many more ideas and usually much more in depth instructions and usually a video demonstration or two. This also saves money on classes to learn new techniques!!

  16. Debby says

    Wonderful gift.My best money saving tip is to use your coupons and take all your children with you when you do! LOLI’m careful to keep everything left over. I’m constantly in need of just that one item so it works for me.thanks….

  17. Jodee says

    I like to use found items. Usually tags off of clothes and sometimes junk mail or mag. ads. Thanks for the chance to win the prize! Cool!

  18. shopgirlaudi says

    I love scrappy goodies for a buck. Who wouldn’t;) I always check T’s $ bins, M’s $ bins, clearance and try to use my coupons as wisely as possible. I rarely buy anything at full price:) I try to make my own embellies whenever possible as well. If I see something in the store that I think I can duplicate myself, I just make a mental note of the item and try to make my own:)

  19. helenoftroy97 says

    Because I am a packrat and I like to recycle things, I sometimes use pictures from greeting cards. It can make for a lovely embellishments or for a patterned background. I like finding things that have multiple purposes like stamps and holepunches. And, I always search the dollar bins at michael’s for unique hole punches.

  20. Pamela says

    Love all your work! And tfs about scrapbuck! I like to repurpose things and come up with creative new ways to use old products. :)

  21. mustangkayla says

    Wow…all that for $30! I’m going to have to check out that site. As usually fabulous cards and layouts! I love to garage sale for alterables and board books to alter. Why pay money for something new when you are going to totally redo it anyway?

  22. Charisma3103 says

    Thanks for the opportunity to play along well for me money saving tips for scrapbooking I’m always looking for a bargain and I mean that litterally

  23. Ashley says

    My favorite money saving tip is to look in unusual places for scrapbooking stuff…like using movie tickets and then printing stills from the movie off the computer to use in a layout. That and cutting big pieces of fancy paper into smaller bits so you can use it on more than one layout.

  24. Sarah says

    Well, I love what you did with those fun items! I don’t have any really new ideas, but I never throw away my scraps, I use them for cards, and I always keep tags and pins, etc. from clothing and packaging. Thanks for the info about scrapbucks. I’m going to check it out!

  25. Katherine says

    I really must check out! Awesome deals!For myself, I need to make sure I have LOTS and LOTS of adhesive, because when I run out and have to run to the store, I inevitably end up spending at least another $30 on top of the adhesive!But really, organizing my scraps has really helped me. Scraps are great on cards and layouts I don’t go through papers as quickly because there is almost always something in my scrap box that turns out to be just what I’m looking for.

  26. Z says

    my best money savings for scrapbooking has been the dollar tree–it is a dollar store and I have found alot of miss elizabeths products that I just love but the best find at the dollar store has been these wall clings that I have purchased and used on my lo’s. The clings are where the wallpaper borders are in the dollar store and if you look at them they say acid free omg they are so cute and easy to use just peel and stick–nobody really thinks to use them because they dont read the label but they are good to go and so many different options to choose from–it is really steal!!

  27. Joan says

    Hey girl! Nice stash. Thanks for hosting. You must be a busy lady!My favorite? Making my own embies with my Cricut from Doodlefonts right now! Loving that.

  28. arlsmom aka Lynda says

    Great projects…. I think my favorite tip is to use packaging on your layouts. There are often some super cute designs on the packages that can be used to create some fun elements for your pages.

  29. adinacarey says

    My money saving tip is to buy big packs of paper with friends! My friends and I often buy a slab of paper (with a coupon) for $12 and split it 4 to 6 ways! It’s a great way to save money while sampling new lines!

  30. BishopsMommie says

    making your own letters from a die cutting machine…you can have whichever color you want and never run out..

  31. Rach H says

    I love all of your creations! The glitter letters are stinkin’ cute! I also love the bright summery colors of the kit! Your son and cat are both adorable! I want to squeeze ’em both! My money saving tip:I save every square inch of paper. I try to use every scrap I can that way my money is not wasted! Rachel

  32. Christina Thomas says

    Your layouts are all adorable! Thank you for sharing about the Scrapbuck website. That is probably the best thing ever!!Visit The Original Scrapbox and check out their storage products.

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