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Posted 1/13/2013 by minna40 in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 1/13/2013 12:04:38 AM
I am can so easily fall in love with embellishments and will snatch them up regardless of the price. I would love to get some perspective on mark-up from vendors to retailers to the consumers. For example, I love enamel dots, but a pack of "plastic" not "enamel" dots is $4...about .10 per dot. Is it simply what the market will bear? Profit margin? I have started to make some of the embellishments that I know I can at a more reasonable price, but will forever be the sucker for something overpriced and super nifty!

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Posted: 1/13/2013 12:24:43 AM
When they are $ I buy one pack and see how much I end up using/liking them. Example: That $1 pack of whatevers are expensive if I don't use them. But that $5 pack of whatevers that I used the whole pack is totally worth the $ I spend.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 12:54:57 AM
I agree. I can easily get caught up with embellies and before I know it I have spent over $30 on "stuff" that I may or may not actually use. I really like the idea of "lets see if I use it before going crazy" with expensive embellies.



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Posted: 1/13/2013 3:54:14 AM
I find the flair badges overpriced for what they are. I first off thought washi was too but it goes such a long way that I don't mind the price now


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Posted: 1/13/2013 4:35:39 AM
I do the same thing, I buy a pack or two of my most used colors and if I start using them, I buy more in other designs or colors.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:47:59 AM
If its something I think I can make myself, I try to show restraint and not buy.

But for things like enamel dots I try not to think of their individual cost; I'd probably have a heart attack if I knew my average cost per page. Sometimes ignorance is bliss!


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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:57:07 AM
I was thinking the same thing last night, specifically about the feathers. How many people are going to pay extra because a scrapbooking company put them out when you can go to Michael's and buy a ton for just a couple bucks?

But, I am not above buying embellishments just because they're so darn cute

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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:11:48 AM

I find the flair badges overpriced for what they are. I first off thought washi was too but it goes such a long way that I don't mind the price now

This is me. I own a lot of washi now and I love it. I use it on my regular pages, Project Life pages, and a even outside of scrapbooking.

I just bought my first flair. It was on sale. I just can't get over paying more than $0.50 for something that takes up such a little spot on my page even though I find it so pretty. I hope buying them on sale will help satisfy my desire to get and use some without making me feel like I'm overspending.



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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:24:03 AM
I also love embellishments and spend more than I probably should on them. But I don't mind as long as I am actually using them. My washi tapes goes a long ways so I have no problem with it just like my color mists and thickers. I can usually use a pack of thickers on 2-3 layouts at least.



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Posted: 1/13/2013 9:48:00 AM
I am like this too.... I am just now jumping on the washi train, and I do see that it lasts a long time, kinda like my mist bottle. but I still can drop $5 on a roll .... >$3 not a problem. Flair I love but can't seem to pay for, after the cost of the machine it's about a $.25 to make (and that's being liberal) so paying a dollar a button seems excessive in my budget. I am looking into some of those epoxy dots, but I donno yet if they will look close enough to take their place .... I can do all the graphics I want.

but the cost vs. the time it takes to make them on my own .... I did up some embellishment project a while back (sc mistable trees) and it took me a few hours to glue and cut them .... I was debating the $4 cost of a pack at the end of the project ... and now I have a bunch of trees to use when ever left over (I made about 40 when I started)

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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:09:19 AM
I used embellishments in my art journals. I try to buy all of my embellishments (ribbons, flowers, jewels, stickers, etc.) at Hobby Lobby. When they are 40% off it brings the majority of items down to no more than $2 per pack at. I stock up on the things I like because I know I will use them.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:16:56 AM
I have a hard time spending more than $3 or 4 for a pack of embellishments unless there is a lot in the pack. I was willing to spend $8-10 on a bottle of Prima "Got Flowers that had a couple hundred flowers in it, but I won't buy their new, fancier flowers that only have 6 in a pack at the same price.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 1:30:41 PM
I have a hard time spending much for embellishments, especially when I can make so many of them for much less. Sometimes it is worth the money spent to not use the time. However, somethings are quick and easy.
I think we ought to start a new make-it-yourself embellishment thread, like we had a few years ago....off to do that now.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 3:13:51 PM
I'm with you on flair. Does anyone know where you can get a machine to make little buttons?

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Posted: 1/13/2013 3:31:31 PM
You know sometime I see a cute layered embellie and think I could make that. I might even take a picture of it with my phone. I never really get around to making them. If it's super cute and I have a use for it, I'll buy it. I figure that I'm using it on a page so I've got it forever. Makes it more palatable for me.

My general rule is I like to play under a $1.00/bigger embellie. Something small like brads has to be cheaper. I don't just buy something at M's or J's because it's cheaper either. I have to have a use or it.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 5:18:22 PM
I'm always figuring out the price per item in a pack. It's probably the best way I've saved money. The pack of 2 flowers just kills me. Really? $2.50 per flower? Thanks, I'll pass. I've started figuring out what I actually use. If it is wood veneer, then it is totally worth the price. I use those things on every LO.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:00:06 PM
The great thing is most of them will hit the sale aisle eventually. If you are willing to take the chance you can get great stuff off season at 50% off.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:10:47 PM

I have a hard time spending more than $3 or 4 for a pack of embellishments unless there is a lot in the pack. I was willing to spend $8-10 on a bottle of Prima "Got Flowers that had a couple hundred flowers in it, but I won't buy their new, fancier flowers that only have 6 in a pack at the same price.

Same here. I was just looking at buying some of the embellishments that match the papers in the MME Lost and Found Collection, but I just couldn't bring myself to pay $6 or so for a pack of decorative brads. Or $4-5 for a pack of cardstock stickers that I may not use all of. I have lots of stamps, Distress Inks, punches, and a Slice. Between those items I should be able to make a fair amount of faux stickers and decorative brads.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 6:25:40 PM
The enamel dots I'm okay with, because they're so versatile (solid colors), and I'm using them a lot. Plus, I've only done maybe 3-5 per LO, so that's only like 30-50 cents.

The fancy brads (like MME, EP) for $5-6 I'm more hesitant with. I love them, but many seem more specific with patterns so that I think I'll have a harder time using up the whole package. I will pick up a pack or 2 when I find a good sale though, b/c then I would feel less guilty about not using up each one.

Definitely agree with the pp who said that it's worth it if you use it all up!

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