1. Shop your stash
The first way to save money on craft supplies is quite obviously to use what you already have. It’s a well known fact that collecting craft materials is a completely different hobby to actually using them 😂
Therefore, try to only shop for consumables such as glue, ink, plain paper etc when they run out and try not to duplicate things you already have. Note to self: I do not need any more floral stamps.
When you think you need to shop, shop your stash first!
2. Stay organised
It’s easier to shop your stash if it is well organised. The second way to save money then is to stay organised and know what you have.
Keep similar items together, and in a way you can easily see what you already have.
3. Save your scraps
Save money by being less wasteful. There are many ways you can use up your scraps. Organise them into colours, themes, or however suits you. Keep bigger pieces for die-cutting or matting images, and smaller pieces for making collage projects or for use with paper punches.
4. Make your own stencils
When you die-cut, keep the negative (or waste) to use as stencils. Use your homemade stencils with inks or paints to make coordinated backing papers (and save money by making your own papers).
5. Watch YouTube
There is a huge resource of information on YouTube. If you need to know how to use a tool or find out about different techniques, the best people to ask are those with experience. Luckily YouTube is full of people who are happy to share their knowledge with others.
If you have a craft tool collecting dust because you don’t know how to use it, have a look on YouTube for ideas and then put it work!
6. Junk Journal
Making a Junk Journal is one of the best ways to use your stash. Instead of having a stack of patterned papers “too good to use” you can turn them into books. That way you can still look at them, but they now have a purpose.
You also can try out new techniques in your journal, because in a Junk Journal anything goes and there are no rules.
7. Swap with crafty friends & family
If you have friends or family who craft, see if you can save money on supplies by swapping supplies or borrowing tools.
8. Buy some white gesso
White gesso is a game changer. If you make a mistake or you hate what you have created, paint over it with white gesso and start again. Gesso is a primer used by artists and it’s a great cover up.
Once you realise that it doesn’t matter if you make a mistake, your craft stash will be set free!