For a while now I’ve been thinking of diving into the journal world. I’ve been looking at all kinds of different journals, starter books, and kits. So when I was approached by Walmart as a part of the Walmart Moms to check out their scrapbook section in my local store, I knew now was the time to finally jump feet first into the world of scrapbook journaling. The purpose of my scrapbook journal is for it to be a place where I can record all of my memories. This is not a typical journal where I would write long passages in it every day. Rather I wanted a book where I could just be creative, jot down memories, or express myself with a variety of different mediums.
So I headed to my local Walmart store in hopes of finding all of the supplies I needed to create my first ever scrapbook journal. The first place I looked were at the journals themselves. Walmart carries a wide variety of different journals that are budget friendly. There are journals to suite everyones tastes. I particularly was looking for a journal that had no lines in it. I wanted a hard cover book with blank pages. I found a gorgeous hot pink one for $3.97 that is perfect for my first scrapbook journal. It was pretty much love at first sight. My favorite color, lots of blank pages, a hard cover, and a bookmark….yep that’s the one!
Now it was time to find some supplies, no journal is complete without lots of fun, inspiring tools in which to create with. So I headed over to the scrapbooking supplies in my Walmart store. I was immediately drawn to the stickers, I mean who wouldn’t be right? They are fun and come in a variety of different themes. I liked that Walmart’s stickers for scrapbooking were just $.97 a sheet so I was able to pick up a variety of different types to use throughout my journal as I create it along the way.
Then my eye saw the beautiful scrapbooking paper. I liked that Walmart has books of scrapbook paper in coordinating patterns versus just the single sheets of paper. Going to a craft store it can be a bit overwhelming with all the sheets of paper to choose from so I like that I can pick up a small book of scrapbook paper at my local Walmart store and know that all of the pages in that book will all work well with each other. I picked out two different scrapbook paper books in the same brand but in different sizes (8.5in x 11in ; 8in x 8in) so I can create a variety of different sized scrapbook journal pages. The ColorBok Designer Paper in both Rhapsody and Hootenany were just $2.50 each at my local store.
One can’t have a journal without some beautiful pens to write with, right? I think gel pens are must in journaling. I remember having all sorts of gel pens when I was in highschool just so I could doodle on my bookcovers during class. I’m so happy that they still make gel pens to this day and found a vibrant pack of them in the office supply section at Walmart called ScribbleStuff for $4.44. Of course, when wanting to take your journal on the go when you are travel you need something to carry your supplies in so I also picked up a cute pencil case ($2.50) to hold the gel pens and a stick of Elmer’s Craft Bond All Purpose Glue Stick ($2.97) for those times when you just have to add something to your journal on the spot. One can also use a small pencil case to store your scrapbook supplies when not in use for easy storage.
No scrapbook journal is complete without a lot of washi tape. Am I the only one obsessed with this stuff? I use washi tape quite a lot when crafting and I’m so excited to use it in my scrapbook journal as well. I was quite surprised to find that Walmart has a good selection of really cute decorative tape. I picked up several different patterns and even found some glitter tape! Each roll of Studio g decorative tape was just $.97! And lastly, I began thinking about labeling. Walmart does carry a variety of different letter stickers but over time that could become a bit costly so as an alternative I picked up the most adorable small rubber stamp sets that I’ve ever seen. I didn’t even know that they made stamps this small, but I love them. I picked up a capital alphabet as well as a lowercase alphabet set of rubber stamps by Hampton Art for $1.97 each. Walmart also carries adorable little ink pads by Studio g for $.97 each. I think a set of alphabet stamps is great for scrapbook journaling so you can label sections and title pages.
I don’t know what my scrapbook journal will end up looking like once I have completed all of the pages, but that is part of the fun, isn’t it? Whether it is for a traditional scrapbook or a type of journal, I like knowing that I can easily find the supplies that I need at my local Walmart store and at a budget-friendly price too!
Do you use a journal or scrapbook?
Now that I have begun to start a scrapbook journal, I’ve noticed that my kids want to get in on the journal action too. So I began looking for journals that would be good for kids (they need a little more prompting). I found this journal called “Wreck this Journal“, I think this journal would be so much for the kids to do. Each page has a different prompt and by the end, the journal is totally “wrecked” but in a good way! I kind of want to do one along with them as well. I’m going to keep my eye out for these in my local Walmart store. But if I am unable to find them there, no worries because with Walmart’s Site to Store I can get free shipping to my local store for pickup if I order them online.