How to Make a Scrapbook Journal on a Budget

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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.

How to Make a Scrapbook Journal:  DIY Smashbook supplies from Walmart

How to Make a Scrapbook Journal: DIY Smashbook supplies from Walmart

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!

Affordable Sticker Sheets for Scrapbook Journaling

Affordable Sticker Sheets for Scrapbook Journaling

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.

Affordable Scrapbook Paper

Affordable Scrapbook Paper

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.

How to begin Scrapbook Journaling

How to begin Scrapbook Journaling

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.

Scrapbook Journal Supplies on a Budget available at Walmart

Scrapbook Journal Supplies on a Budget available at Walmart

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.

DIY Scrapbook Journal Ideas

DIY Scrapbook Journal Ideas

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!

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Create a Scrapbook Journal/Smashbook

Create a Scrapbook Journal/Smashbook

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.

Walmart mom Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve been compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. My experience may differ from your own.

The Domestic Diva

Heather is a homeschooling mom of two boys currently living in central Georgia. She has been sharing her domestic story online as a blogger for 13 years. Through her blog and social media platforms, Heather provides a glimpse into domestic life as she shares with other stay-at-home moms how she tackles modern homemaking with the challenges of raising a family.

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