One of the things that I hear a lot in the planner community is how expensive it is to buy stickers. Unfortunately, this usually leads to a bit of an argument between sticker makers and consumers. Sure on the surface, a weekly sticker kit costing £7-£10 is expensive when you plan 52 weeks a year – even more so if you are using multiple planners. However, on the other side of the coin, the sticker makers are running a business to support themselves and their families. Making stickers requires artwork, commercial licenses, sticker paper, equipment and their time! They still need to make a profit! That’s why I don’t mind paying for kits – but I have learned to be selective about who I buy from so that I get plenty of stickers for my money!! There are some sticker makers out there who really pack their sheets with stickers and some who are a little more skimpy! If I do try a new shop it’s usually during a sale or at a planner meet where I can see the stickers for myself!!
Tips for Planning on a Budget
Here are a few tips I have picked up along the way for stretching my planner budget a little further:
- Be Selective – Look at exactly what you are getting for your money. Are there lots of stickers in the kit? Are they stickers you will use?
- Look for PR Codes – Most shops have a PR code or if not a code for Facebook or Instagram followers. It’s easy to find 10% off most shops!
- Supplement with Printables – There are lots of free printables online you can use to pad out your sticker collection so make use of them!
- Save Your Leftovers – When you have leftovers, save them and once you have a little pile you can pick out matching colours and do a mixed spread!
- Stretch Your Kit – Use your kit across more than one spread. I’m going to go into more detail on this below, but often you have plenty of stickers to decorate multiple pages.
Stretching a Kit Across Multiple Spreads
In my newest video, I am doing a plan with me using the Alice in Wonderland kit by My Planner Loving Heart. The full kit costs £10, but you can use Alyson10 for a discount. I managed to create a full no white space Happy Planner spread and 2 spreads in my A6 uglydori TN. If I hadn’t done a no white space spread I would likely have gotten a second happy planner spread or at least a half week from the kit too! I did add a sampler kit and deco sheet for an additional £3.50 plus a handful of functional stickers already in my stash, but I still think that £13.50 (or £12.15 with the discount!) is great for 3 Planner spreads. I also ended up with a fair amount of stickers left over as well which I added to my leftover box to use in memory planning or by matching with other leftovers.
Did you know that the brand new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue for 2017-2018 is launching on June 1st, with a brand new set of In Colours and more gorgeousness than you can shake a gluestick at? You are going to love this new range it is lush! If you want to sign up to receive an email version of the new catalogue sign up to my mailing list HERE for a copy at midnight on June 1st!
In the meantime, because there are so many gorgeous new ranges we are having to say goodbye to some old favourites. However, every cloud has a silver lining and for the retirement list that comes in the form of some nice discounts! Here are my top three picks from the retirement sale!
1 – In Colour 2016-2018 DSP
The new In Colours launch on June 1st and they are gorgeous. That means that the 2015-2017 In Colors are leaving, and although the 2016-2018 ones are sticking around for a while many of the products are being discontinued and replaced with new ones. A personal favourite of mine which should be a staple in every crafter’s kit is the In Colours DSP pack. It contains 40 sheets of 12 by 12 paper in 2 double sided designs across all 5 in colours : Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach & Sweet Sugarplum. The papers are high quality and are acid/lignin free making them ideal for scrapbookers. This retiring paper stack is now 20% off at just £16 – that’s just 40p per sheet!
2 – Cupcakes and Carousels
One of the retiring product suites is Cupcakes & Carousels. Several of the products are discounted right now including the cardstock, papers and embellishments. I’m offering a deal on this suite for those who order direct with me by emailing email@example.com – Buy the 6 by 6 Designer Series Papers, the A4 Cardstock, Stampin’ Write Markers and the Embellishment Kit for £25 including postage. – Offer available while stocks last.
The matching Carousel Birthday stamp set is also retiring and is available separately.
3 – Gift Bag Punch Board
Make your gifts extra special with handmade Gift Boxes with the help of the Gift Box Punch Board. You can make boxes up to 4 inches in size. Since the board is retiring, this is also discounted right now to just £12.60!
Grab these retiring goodies before they are gone forever – there are loads more in the retiring section. Don’t forget to check the Clearance Rack for more great bargains! This month’s hostess code is BKRT3VQV.
Registration is now open for my next online workshop. The theme for this month is ‘Memories in my Pocket’ and it will be focused on Memory Keeping in the Project Life/Pocket Pages style. This is a great way to make use of all of those family photos if you find that you do not have the time, space or desire to scrapbook. All you have to do is make small decorative cards – or use pre-made cards combined with photographs and you can create beautiful pages to preserve those memories forever. The ring bound design also makes it easy to rearrange pages meaning you do not need to work in chronological order!
The workshop will take place from 2nd until 4th June 2017 and is conducted entirely online. However, I will post out a physical kit of supplies for you to work with. Over the course of the workshop, we will be creating 3 complete Pocket Pages. We will also cover a variety of related mini-projects including journaling tips, dating your layouts, making your own cards and other ways to use your cards. We will also have a raffle, some fun games and the ever popular Bingo game! You do not have to be online for the whole workshop and the activities will be available for a minimum of 3 weeks afterwards, but you will get the most from your experience if you join in with the fun!
The kit will include :
- 1 x 6×8 inch Ring Bound Album
- 3 x Pocket Page Sleeves
- Die-Cuts (shapes and labels)
- Embellishments (mini paper clips, enamel shapes, metallic threads)
- Washi Tape Samples
- Project Life Cards
- a selection of cardstock
- a selection of designer series paper
- archival journal pen
There are also 2 optional upgrades, the Enhanced kit is £45 and includes an alphabet Labeler Photopolymer Stamp Set & Ink Pad. The Deluxe kit is priced £60 and includes the basic kit, labeler stamp set, ink pad and a classic label punch.
The main colours for this workshop will be : Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and Sweet Sugarplum
When : Fri 2nd – Sun 4th June 2017
Where: Scarlet Moon Craft Workshop Facebook Group
How Much : £25-£60- (including postage)
In order to register for the workshop please complete the form below and I will invoice you shortly. Payments Must be Made by Fri 19th May 2017
I am currently in the process of setting up my new website, so please do pardon my dust. In the coming weeks you will be able to see product demos, tutorials and lots of other cool stuff relating to planning and crafting! I am also going to be launching a subscription box really soon and I will have some workshops available to sign up to as well!
However, for now, I just thought I would let you know that for the duration of March I will be having a Spring Madness sale on my Etsy shop and everything is 50% off! Just enter the coupon code SPRING50 at checkout!