My December Scrapbooking Expenses

This entry is part 28 of 37 in the series Minimalist Scrapbooking

Every other Friday, I write a post about Minimalist Scrapbooking. And, once a month, I share what I spent on scrapbooking in the previous month.

In December, I spent $78.60, much less than the $352.68 I spent in November. This brings my monthly average down to $112.76.

Here’s what I bought:

  • I spent $8.20 at my local scrapbook store. I bought two sheets of Christmas pattern paper and wire cutters for my cinch.
  • I signed up for Stamp Carving 101 at Balzer Designs for $30. I’m not much of a stamper but am intrigued by the idea of carving my own stamps. I did have to buy a couple of supplies for the class, but got those from Santa so they are not included in my expenses.
  • I also signed up for One Little Word at Big Picture Classes. I was on the fence about this one but decided I’d check it out this year. I spent $32.40 (using a 10 percent off coupon) on the class. I am not planning on buying any supplies for the class but adapting the supplies I already own to the class content.
  • I spent about $8 at Hobby Lobby on paintbrushes. I’ve been using paint quite a bit more and needed to add some variety to my paint brush stash and replace a couple of brushes that have seen better days.

Overall, I did bring my spending down considerably compared to November. I spent quite a bit on classes this month, which means I most likely will not be signing up for any more classes for a few months.

In 2012, I’ve decided to start the year out with a budget of $60 a month for scrapbooking, which is $720 for the year. I spent $1014.86 from April to December of 2011. (I only started keeping track in April. I don’t believe I spent that much the first three months of the year, but I can’t remember). So, I am looking at reducing my scrapbook spending by around 30 percent. I will continue including the costs of photo printing in my scrapbook budget. Reducing my spending by 30 percent will be tough because I would like to replace my broken photo printer at some point this year. So that will be about $150. I’d love a Silhouette, but that probably won’t happen with this budget. I don’t want one bad enough to increase my budget. I’m still not sure I would use it enough to justify the cost, which is why I am not going to buy or budget for one at this point.

Guess what? I’m not the only one out there blogging about how much they spend on scrapbooking! Sara at 1200 Some Miles has started doing the same thing.

Do you have any big scrapbooking splurges planned in 2012? Comment below!

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  • Mitra Pratt

    That sounds like a good plan for 2012, but how do you figure in the cost of buying something that is scrapbook related if you then make something and give it as a gift? For instance, $30 in supplies can make a pretty darn nice present and you have things left over? 

  • Mandy

    I just replaced my trimmer and had the 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby lol! I will need to purchase some albums this year. While at HL, I noticed that have the strap-hinge ones and I really like the ones from CM, but by the time you buy the CM coverset, pages and page protectors, it gets pricey. I’m going to compare the ones at HL and see what the difference is.

  • Mandy

    BTW-I’d love to hear more about your use of paint.

  • I mainly use it to cover book covers to use in mini-books. I also use it with foam stamps. I’ll pay more attention as to how else I use it and maybe do a post in the future. Thanks for commenting.

  • I will most likely need a new adhesive system. I use CM tape runners and really like them, but will have a to place a large order to beat the shipping expense and I don’t really want to place that large of an order just to beat shipping. I probably have a month, maybe two before I will be out of adhesive.

  • I rarely make gifts using my traditional scrapbook supplies and the amount of product I use on a gift is negligible…maybe $10 on a project and whatever prints might cost. I usually make digital scrapbooks or digital photobooks as gifts so that I can have a copy, too (if i want one). If I do something different, then I’d just estimate the expenses our or just not worry about it.

  • Thanks for the shout out 🙂  My friends and I talked about our scrapping purchases, so it seemed a nature extension to blog about it.  It also helps me keep an eye on my budget.  

    I do not count gifts in my scrapping budget.  I like to give photo books as gifts and like to make gifts when my schedule allows.  

    I have not spent anything so far in January, but I want to check out the LSS in my new location and order prints for my Project Life album.