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5/1/2006
I'd love to start a heritage scrapbook, but all the supplies seem so expensive. How can I keep this project affordable?
Q. I'd love to start a heritage scrapbook, but all the supplies seem so expensive. How can I keep this project affordable?

A. With all the fun and fabulous scrapping products out there, this hobby easily can bust your budget According to Simply Scrapbooking <www.simplyscrapbooking.com/budget-scrapbooking.htm>, average scrappers spend more than $25 a month on their habit, and a typical album has $1,500 worth of supplies. But you don't have to cash out your 401 (k) to preserve your family's memories. Here's how to reign in your scrapbook spending:

?Focus on what's really important — safely preserving your photographs and memorabilia, as well as the stories that go with them. You need only a few basics: an archival-quality album, a black pigment-ink pen, photo-safe adhesive and photo corners. Embellishing your pages is fun, but ifs secondary.

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