I'm doing an impromptu article for August (yes, that's this month) on Is Digi Really Cheaper than paper.
Here's the problem - I don't really know how much people spend on Paper scrapping. I will research prices here, but they may be different, being in Canada and a small town. I want to generalize, so I thought I'd ask here to get a broader sense.
So - can you pretty please answer these, ASAP, just so I have an idea and can guess what the 'norm' is?
How much do you spend on supplies in an average week? month? year? (including picture printing)
Do you have any special tools/machines (ie Cricut), how much did they cost?
Don't worry, I won't tell your significant other (if you don't tell mine how much I spend! lol)
Thanks in advance!
Should i still answer being in the UK or is it irrellevant?
Korben, 12 months
Lyric, 34 months
Ada, born sleeping, Sept 2007
Zane, one day on earth, October 2006
I can't give good answers. I pulled up my banking software, and it says I've spent $611 on scrapbooking since Jan 2006. But that doesn't include picture printing. Some printing is in there, but not much.
My Cricut was about $95 back when I bought it, each cartridge is about $30 and I have about 10 of them. I probably spend about $30 on paper a year ... I have a huge stockpile so I buy it here and there. I'm going to guess that I spend about $10/month on printing pictures ... but there are plenty of months I don't print any at all. I go on splurges and buy supplies like I did the other day (see my latest update thread). So I probably spend about $50/year on random supplies. I really don't spend so much now because I have a TON of stuff accumulated over the last 8 years. And I'm doing digital some of the time too.
If it all averaged out, I probably spend less than $20 month total...including pics. But that's because I will go months without buying a thing, then spend $80 in one day. I order pics online and they are super cheap. I've also been blessed with a VERY giving friend who constantly buys me carts and paper.
Kayson 10-9-06 & Cohen 02-08-10
I think if I kept track my hubby would have said Heck no to my hobby. LOL...
But My cricut was $119 at Christmas, I have about 10 carts at $30-$50 each. Each time I go to the exclusive scrapstore I spend about $25-$50 on paper,embellies etc. Pictures are .5 to .10 a print at walgreens. I have about 25-30 stamps and they are anywhere from $1 to $15. The ink I buy for my stamps are $1 a piece and I have about 20 inks. Ribbon is about $1 a spool and I have about 50 different kinds. HTH!
Daughter Rileigh Ann arriving January 2012
Garsh, I wanna know where you all shop! When I do paper scrapping, it costs me a fortune to get elements, stamps, punches, scissors, chalk, ribbon, ink, glues, embosser, stencils, TONS of paper. That doesn't even include all the wire, beads, eyelets, markers, PENS, glitter, brads, and tools that go with all of those! I think I'd get depressed if I added up everything I spent on paper scrapping! When I finish a book, it can cost anywhere from $50-$100 (or more), depending on the type of book (including the actual book), not including the cost of equipment. When I scrap the menu boards, it costs me about $20 to include the paper, the elements, frame, and marker. I have a cricut which cost me $200 a few years ago and on average $20-$30 a cart. Then the pictures that I print. I'm finicky as to the sizes of the pics, so I do my own cleaning up of pics and printing, using the photo program I've used for digital scrapping. The cost of ink is $10 per color. I use far more ink and photo paper while paper scrapping than I do digi scrapping.
Whereas the digital, I have an old proggie I still use. It's obsolete in the stores, but still works great for me. I have the CS3, but either I'm a big numpty or it's just not as user friendly as the one I use. For the majority, I downloaded only freebies. I am now starting to buy kits, usually no more than an average of $15/mth if that. But that also has to do with my lack of time to scrap. If I had more time, I'd prolly double what I'd spend on kits. I print only in 8x8 at this time and print only when I need it added to a book. Otherwise, I display my work on a large digiframe in our living room for everyone to see. When I've completed a theme, then I'll have an entire book printed, which may be up to 50 pages ($10-$20 for photo paper on sale) or if a really good sale comes online, I may have them printed in bulk when needed. 8x8 books are also much cheaper than the typical 12x12 paper books I did. I may print in 12x12, depending on the detail - we'll see. Regardless, it's still MUCH cheaper than my paper scrapping! But I love doing both so I'm financially double doomed, haha!
DD Twins: 8/4/09 @ 35 Wks - No NICU, woot!
i am really bad b/c I don't even keep track! because I have so much ribbon, paper, etc. right now, I rarely buy stuff, other than tape runner and xyron refills. occasionally if I see some paper or stuff I like and it is cheap I will get it.
my cricut was 100, i have 12 carts on which I spent 25-40 bucks (well some were gifts)...and the cricut and carts were all bought over the course of the past 3 years. at the most on average i would say 10 bucks a month, since I am like Charys and go months without buying anything. I haven't printed pics in a LONG time...I am behind...so I didn't even count those