Biggest Challenge

Keeping costs down

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Well its tax season again and we’ve pulled out our receipts and if you’re like me, you’ve had mixed reactions as to how much you spent on your crafting supplies over the last year. You could justify the expenses by telling yourself and your significant other (if you have one) that it’s more than your hobby, it’s your passion and the prices are going up not down for most everything.

So how do we keep costs down for our favorite crafts?

Here are 15 tips (some I have yet to try!)

  1. Research retail (brick and mortar) stores for the brands they sell.
  2. Compare prices on-line.
  3. Learn about your craft before you buy expensive equipment. Remember my past post about a Score Board?
  4. Can you test any tools at a craft store?
  5. Does another friend like scrapbooking, floral arranging, knitting too? Can you share items?
  6. Look for gently used rubber stamps at tag sales.
  7. Consider the tool carefully, I’m thinking of buying a MISTI but I want to wait until I see a coupon or what other companies make that are comparable.
  8. Maintain equipment. Learn how to clean and store rubber stamps, ink pads, die-cuts, cling and clear stamps after every use.
  9. Buy only supplies you know you’ll use. It’s ok to have a stash but don’t let the stash overwhelm the space you have to store it in.
  10. If you love floral arranging and are good at it, why not consider selling them? Take the extra money and save it.
  11. We card makers make cards to either give to friends/family and sell at craft fairs. If you’re a knitter or woodworker, why not think beyond your home base?
  12. Set a yearly budget of craft money and stick to it.
  13. Sell your services.
  14. Teach about your hobby, and finally

Write about your favorite hobby!

Remember tip #9  Tip

Happy Crafting,



New Tools

Dear Fellow Crafters,

     After years of trying to make the correct sizes for matte cards and fed up with rising costs of pre-made folded cardstock, I finally broke down and bought a scoreboard. As usual, I researched the different ones out in the marketplace: ScorePal, Martha Stewarts’s Scoring Board, Crafters Companion Ultimate Tool.

     I first saw the Crafters Companion ScoreBoard while TV channel surfing and ultimately watched the demonstration on HSN. It all seemed so easy! But the cost seemed a tad too high. I searched my favorite on-line stores and “brick and mortar” and ultimately ordered and have since received Martha Stewart’s Scoring Board.

     What I like:     not overly big in size, 1/8” channels, stylus and envelope maker storage, crisp, clean lines, tutorial videos and finally price.

     What I didn’t like:  hardly anything so far!

‘Til next time,