Card making and scrapbooking crafts can be expensive. Take a look through any cardmaking magazine and you’ll find ‘shopping lists’ in excess of £50 for just one project. If you are a serious crafter, you’ll know that some items are worth spending money on. A good die cutting machine is an example of this. There are plenty of craft supplies that don’t need to cost you the earth however. With this mind, here are my favourite resources for money savvy craft supplies!
The Works have stores all over the UK now. You can also order on line for home delivery or FREE store collection. They have a reward scheme and it’s defintely worth signing up for email alerts as discounts and postage offers are plentiful. My favourite bargains to look out for:
1. Dovecraft & Papermania products at reduced prices.
2. Adhesive Gems for £1.
3. Paper packs, pads and stacks.
4. Decopatch supplies – papermache figures, wooden boxes, hanging shapes.
5. Ribbons, sentiments and buttons.
There are a few items I would avoid however. I find their card blanks to be flimsy, lower gsm paper is poor and some craft kits contain very poor instructions.
Amazon stock a good range of cutting dies, paper pads, ink pads and card blanks amongst other things. I am a big fan of First Edition paper packs and rarely find those cheaper anywhere else. Prime delivery is often available on these too. Amazon is also a good place to find cheap cutting dies from China, and branded dies at discounted prices. I regularly check amazon for deals on Spellbinders dies, Marianne Design dies and Sizzix Bigz. I purchased my Big shot die cutting machine here too as it was so much cheaper than anywhere else!
It is always worth checking the prices of craft supplies on eBay. I am a big fan of cheap cutting dies from China found here. I often search branded products under ‘auction only’ as this is a great way to grab ‘nearly new’ dies at bargain prices!
Wilko often stock Dovecraft products at very low prices and also have their own range of budget craft materials. I also buy craft storage boxes from here (half the price of WHSmith).
80% of the craft section in Poundland is worth avoiding. In fact sometimes, it’s all rubbish! However, it’s worth a look if you’re passing because it’s great for metallic card, googley eyes, adhesive gems, tubes of metallic acrylic paint and washi tapes! Occasionally they will have papermania stamps and trimcraft paper packs. It can be very hit and miss though!
I hope to add to this post as I come across other budget craft supplies. Please feel free to share your bargain craft finds below!