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rt2dz
10-28-2006, 02:40 PM
I am soooo NOT a scrapbooker it isn't even funny. But our class at DS's school is putting together a scrapbooking basket for the school raffle. Now I'm only going to spend $X amount, but I would like to make that amount go as far as possible. Since I wouldn't know if this stuff was a good price, an average price, or way overpriced, I need your help!

Where do you buy cheap scrapbooking supplies that are still a fairly good quality? This will end up someone's memories, so I don't want anything that will fall apart. And what are good prices v. inflated prices v. typical price?

Help, help, help!!!!

TIA.

bronwyn
10-28-2006, 02:44 PM
There are sooo many places to buy scrapbooking supplies today! If you're trying to get the best deal, I would suggest Joann or Michaels. You can get a 40% off coupon from the newspaper and purchase an entire kit relatively inexpensively. They're already packaged for you and everything!

buzzandwoodysmom07
10-28-2006, 03:43 PM
If you want something that will look nice without spending alot of $, look at the new book sets at Joanns. They are regular $19.99, use a 40% off. Some are on sale here in Michigan starting tommorrow for $9.99. They have an album, paper, tons of embellishments. I am heading there myself to get a few tommorrow for Christmas presents. Very nice for the $! Hope this help!

Another thought might be to just get a giftcard for one of your local scrapbook stores or Michael's/Joanns. I know that I am more likely to buy tickets for a raffle that includes a gc - than I can choose what I want!

One more thing - if you have a little time Oriental Trading has some cute stuff!

Good Luck!

rt2dz
10-28-2006, 04:00 PM
I do have some time, about 6 weeks before deadline. Is Oriental Trading stuff good & a good price for what (amount) you get? I have to order some things from there anyhow.

When you guys say Joanns, do you mean Joanns Fabrics? I don't sew either. :blush: I can bake (<----feeling the need to redeem myself). Anyhow, where do you get coupons for Joanns then? I never see them in the paper?

Mono~rail
10-28-2006, 04:06 PM
Hobby Lobby runs 50% off sales frequently, and Wal-Mart has good prices on their scrapbooking supplies. It sounds like you are putting together a "starter" basket. If this is what you are doing, I'd say get a neutral colored album (that could fit any occassion/purpose), a pair of scissors ($1 at Hobby Lobby), a corner rounder punch, acid free glue sticks, a pack of multi colored acid free paper, a pack of multi colored acid free pens, and a cropping tool. These are the tools I started my first album with. These are all basic starter supplies/tools. :goodvibes

Mono~rail
10-28-2006, 04:10 PM
I do have some time, about 6 weeks before deadline. Is Oriental Trading stuff good & a good price for what (amount) you get? I have to order some things from there anyhow.

When you guys say Joanns, do you mean Joanns Fabrics? I don't sew either. :blush: I can bake (<----feeling the need to redeem myself). Anyhow, where do you get coupons for Joanns then? I never see them in the paper?
Yes, Joanns Fabrics. Sometimes they have free shipping codes.

I've never known anyone who bought the Oriental Trading scrapbook stuff. I know my scrapping friends look at it but never order. They are always afraid it is cheap junk. I've never looked at the catalog to judge for myself. I don't even know what they offer.

HeatherFeather
10-28-2006, 04:25 PM
I have found some VERY nice high end supplies at Big Lots for $1 each! Some of these things sell at my local scrapbook store for up to $7. Might want to check there.... :goodvibes

clh2
10-28-2006, 04:32 PM
What about some nice adhesives? As a paper crafter, i.e. I make cards, and do a little of scrapbooking stuff I think it would be awesome to have a variety of "Glue-Dot" type of products. Just remember, that it should be acid-free.

glue dots web site (http://www.gluedots.com/display/router.aspx?DocID=358)

There are many other types of similar products. I cannot imagine that there would be a scrapper around that didn't need adhesives. Plus, this wouldn't be an issue of "it might not be the color/style" that the scrapper likes, they all need adhesive.

hegs65
10-28-2006, 04:32 PM
Our Michaels craft store has some adorable mini scrapbook kits (I forget the brand name but it's a popular one) clearanced for $4 right now. Also, Joanns fabric has a good sale coming up starting tomorrow-plus they have a dollar scrapbooking section were everything coordinates together. And last but not least, I found some adorable scrapbooking items at the dollar tree.

Mono~rail
10-28-2006, 04:32 PM
I have found some VERY nice high end supplies at Big Lots for $1 each! Some of these things sell at my local scrapbook store for up to $7. Might want to check there.... :goodvibes
Do they have Sissix stuff? :goodvibes

In Luv with Disney
10-28-2006, 04:37 PM
I've found some sets of stickers, papers, page protectors, small scrapbooks, etc at Dollar Tree. You can put a bunch of this stuff in a basket and not spend a lot of $$! We also have a REALLY cheap discount store in my area (Queens) called AMAZING SAVINGS. They closed down most of the stores nationally, but this one remained open. ANd they have TONS of supplies EVEN CHEAPER than Dollar Tree! Check out your discount stores...

BTW, I've checked out Oriental Trading scrapbooking supplies and they aren't THAT cheap. Some of their stuff is reasonably priced, but I find some stuff to be expensive, too! Just look around! :thumbsup2

*JoGo*
10-28-2006, 04:38 PM
At JoAnn ETC they have a line by Colorbok (I LOVE this brand) where everything is $1. I had never seen it before as JoAnn ETC is 45min away, I liked a LOT of the stuff on the racks and I couldn't believe it was only $1. They had a theme, then paper, embellishments, stickers, ribbons, etc, that all coordinated. There were 8 diff. themes. I highly recommend checking this stuff out, it's very good quality, name-brand, and cheap!

good luck!

Beezle2
10-28-2006, 05:06 PM
Someone mentioned the Joanns pack, it is by KI Memories and if you can get one either on sale or with a 40 % coupon it would be a good deal. They have 4 different color combos and the pack comes with paper, an alphabet, epoxy stickers, ribbon.

I have ordered from Oriental Trading and I do think alot of their scrap stuff is cheaply made. The paint comes off the brads and like that.

If you have a Hobby Lobby they carry good brands.

Doodlebug - fun and cute
Basic Grey- artsy

They also have kits and lots of other good stuff. If you sign up for their email you get a 40% off coupon almost every week.

alisa

Ilovemyprincesses
10-28-2006, 05:13 PM
If you are not a scrapper how do you know what to buy? There are a lot of people that won't use certain things like the deco sizzors. I would suggest a GC or Joanns has a $1 of SB stuff and it is decent stuff if you want to put some of that in a basket.

Joanns is having a sale tomorrow on the kit of KI Memories stuff $9.88 normally $19.99. That is a great deal and it comes in 4 colors.

Pixieshouse
10-28-2006, 05:16 PM
You can get JoAnn's coupons by signing up online. I may have one that is still valid, if you would pm me your address I can send it to you. It is for 40% off.

I have ordered from OT before, it is good quality but the shipping is pretty high, unless you can find a coupon for them.

Some JoAnn's will take Michaels coupons as well

If you can find a local scrap store, many of them will let you use their die cut machine if you purchase paper from them. That may help as well.

And then there are also classes at scrap stores. Sometimes they have good prices on a class for doing a book - check around.

Good luck

rt2dz
10-28-2006, 05:56 PM
Ok, all I know is that "the raffle baskets have been a huge success in the past"-- confused here, the school just opened this year :confused3-- "and this year your classes theme is scrapbooking. Suggested items to send in are acid free paper, stickers, decorative brads & eyelets. But feel free to send in any scrapbooking items". DS has 17 kids in his class, and I planned on spending $10-$15 on our donation. The room mom will then put it all together in a basket. Donations are due to the room mom by Nov. 21.

Within 5 minutes of my house we have Joanns, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Big Lots, 99 cent store, and a huge scrapbooking store (which I hear is wonderfully, but pricey). I'm also not far from Walmart, Super Walmart, Target and Garden Ridge.

How much "stuff" should I get with $1? A single sheet of paper? A small set of stickers? How much stuff would I get with a starter set type of thing?

I'm not interested in this basket, but there are others I'm sure I'll be interested in. I'm hoping those with a theme that appeals to me do well with it so I can score a deal (if I win), so I too want to do well.

clh2
10-28-2006, 06:46 PM
Ok, all I know is that "the raffle baskets have been a huge success in the past"-- confused here, the school just opened this year :confused3--



Maybe the person who made that comment is coming from a different school, where it was a huge success? Speaking from the school where my DD went to k-5, they were a huge success there too.

I have another idea for you, which will fit nicely into the 10-15 price range, it is a container that holdes 12 x 12 scrapbooking paper. I bought mine at Wal-mart, I think they are about $13.
Sterilite 2093 (http://www.sterilite.com/Category.html?Section=Storage&ProductCategory=45##)

You may want to talk to your room mom, this type of container might give her a nice, useful "thing" to put the donations together.

Another idea - which is a HUGE value...I jumped onto the Hobby Lobby website, and if you have a chance to get out there TONIGHT, they have a 12x12 paper pack (180 sheets) on sale for $9.99, normally this is $20. Of course, the sale ends tonight.

hobby lobby - look for the scrapbooking section (http://www.hobbylobby.com/site3/weekly/specials/specials.cfm)

TinkerDaisy
10-29-2006, 06:54 AM
I found stuff at my local Dollar Tree, books and all and did 3 books for my mom, bought some nice things at Walmart too.

jenr812
10-30-2006, 10:21 AM
I have another idea for you, which will fit nicely into the 10-15 price range, it is a container that holdes 12 x 12 scrapbooking paper. I bought mine at Wal-mart, I think they are about $13.
Sterilite 2093 (http://www.sterilite.com/Category.html?Section=Storage&ProductCategory=45##)


The Target near me sells this for $9.99.

Also, the Target dollar spot is half off today and they have some scrapbook items. Little plastic packages of brads, eyelets, gems, epoxy stickers, etc. Great deal there. And I second the Big Lots idea - I have gotten terrific deals there. You can really get a lot for $15 in these two places. Have fun!

rt2dz
10-30-2006, 11:51 AM
I just want to thank everyone. I really had no idea if anything was a good value. I wouldn't want to spend $1 on a single sheet of paper only to find out that normally you can get 25 sheets for $5. Dollar stores aren't always the "best deal", even when cheap. Now I know what to expect, what is fairly good value and quality, and where to look for both the quality & cost. And I'm sure whoever wins this raffle basket thanks you too!

:wizard: to all who have helped and may give some more great ideas later. I'm going to buy some in a couple of days, just to make sure I have the best of the best ideas. Good start so far!

mickyfan1
10-30-2006, 11:57 AM
Don't make the mistake I made and order from Memories Direct. I is the BOGO kit for $39.95. The looks on the infomercial were very deceiving.

cncDisney4
10-30-2006, 12:00 PM
What everyone has said is really the best advice. I have shopped Joann's online and ALWAYS watch for the 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby and now Michael's has been having a 50% off one item each week. I know that where I'm from this week Hobby Lobby has alot of items at 50% off. Can't beat that - plus a 40% off one item!! :cool1:

Good luck and have fun - you just may get addicted to this. I just went to do a small album for a Disney trip and now I can't stop!! :goodvibes

GoofyGolferGirl
02-25-2007, 07:32 PM
Big Lots has lots of nice supplies for a dollar. Ifound Disney Stickers the big ones for a dollar. :cheer2:

Mamu
01-29-2008, 05:07 AM
JoAnne Fabric, Michaels, and AC Moore all have a lot of scrapbooking merchandise. Purchase items that are on clearence or sale that week.

mickey&minniealways
04-24-2008, 12:25 PM
A.C. Moore is anothere option. Also a gift certificate to a local craft or scrappbooking store is a good idea. I have bought a few things from Oriental Trading Company over the years but not the albums. I have been an avid scrapbooker for over 12 years so I am a bit of a snob when it comes to my albums. I much prefer creative memories but they can be expensive, they will last forever though. Another idea is www.paperwishes.com get a gift certificate from there and include one of their catalogs with it. Try a local scrapbook store and ask them for ideas and good brands. Then go to A.C. Moore or Michaels with a 40% off coupon and get the same thing.

Hope this helps.

rt2dz
04-25-2008, 03:17 PM
I don't know why this thread from 2006 has been revived, but I no longer have a need.

Thanks to all the people who have been PMing me, leaving me utterly and totally confused. :rotfl:
I had totally forgotten about this thread.

magicfairydust
02-28-2009, 06:40 PM
Never underestimate BigLots. I just got 16 pairs of funny scissors for $10.00. They may also have books for a good price.:)