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Scrappin' Deals, Issue #001 - You've Never Seen Cricut Prices This Low!
January 03, 2009
Hello Bargain Shoppers!

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January's Top Deals

Save Big On Cricut

Personal electronic cutters can be expensive, but many who use them think they are worth the money. Simply touching a button can get you perfectly cut shapes in many different sizes. Add a little adhesive and you have created your own stickers out of just a sheet of paper.

I know it may seem a little bizarre to be starting out our Scrappin' Deals newsletter with one of the most expensive scrapbook products on the market, but hear me out...

The Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter from Provo Craft retails for $299.99.


Cricut Personal Electronic Cutters are on sale now for $229.00 at

Spending $300 on a Cricut may seem contrary to the whole concept of bargain scrapbooking; however, looking at the numbers a little closer tell a different story.

Let's say that you are working on 20 2-page layouts for a 12x12 album. On average, you'll spend between $5 and $10 per layout on supplies. We'll say it's somewhere in the middle: $8

Here's how that $8 might break down:

3 pieces of patterned cardstock paper @ $0.69 = $2.07
2 pieces of color cardstock paper @ $0.49 = $0.98
1 pack of alphabet stickers @ 3.99 = $2.99
1 pack of cardstock stickers @ 1.99 = $1.99
Total: $8.03

If you spend $8.03 on each of your 20 layouts you will end up spending $160.60 on your entire album.

If you had a Cricut Cutter and Cartridges, that breakdown could look a little different:

3 pieces of patterned cardstock paper @ $0.69 = $2.07
3 pieces of color cardstock (one extra for cutting) @ $0.49 = $1.47
No alphabet stickers needed!
No cardstock stickers needed!

Total: $3.54

That's almost $4.50 savings per layout!
Almost $90 per album!

Your Cricut could pay for itself after you'd completed your 3rd album!

Be sure to check out our guide to scrapbook supplies to check out all your options for electronic cutters including the newest Wishblade - a personal cutter that doesn't use cartridges, but hooks right up to your computer!

Of course, in the interest of full disclosure I should let you know that you will probably want to buy extra cartridges for your Cricut Cutter. The cartridges contain different alphabet fonts or shape collections that can be inserted into your cutter to increase it's use and variety. Cartridges retail for around $90 at most stores.


Cricut Cartridges can be found for as low as $25.00 at

Oh My Crafts consistently offers the best deals on Cricut cartridges across the web! Check them out regularly to find cartridge bundles, the latest releases, and deep discounts on fabulous Cricut supplies!

Other January Deals

All Sizzix Products now 50% Off!

Christmas Supplies For Pennies

Scrapbook and craft stores carry things in season - but we don't always scrapbook in season! Consider shopping now for Holiday paper, ribbon, stickers, and embellishments - they'll be on massive clearance in the stores and you can stock up for next year's cards and layouts

Who knows?! Maybe shopping the clearance racks will give you the inspiration to get started on some of your own Holiday albums and layouts!

Hot of the Press, Cardmaker's Kits - $ 3.09

Paper Bliss Scalloped Tree - $2.09

Jolee's By You Snowman - $1.59

New Year Resolutions

Do you have a scrapbooking Resolution for this New Year? Check out this article on Scrappy Resolutions for ideas and suggestions to get your scrapping in 2009.

Happy Scrapping!
Kristin, Scrapbooks By Design

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