Friday, January 11, 2013

The Cost on Scrapbook Classes, Crops & Events

I am saddened to see the price of the various online scrapbooking classes & events have prices that exclude a lot of us scrappers. The $30, $40, $50 that people charge for classes & events eliminates most of us scrap folks.

For a lot of us, we don’t have that amount of money to spend on online events, let alone on crops at people hold in their homes. I think that more & more of us are being pushed out of scrapbooking in groups due to the cost involved, and we wind up scrapbooking alone. Scrapbooking supplies are costly enough, but to pay a large amount to join on events & crops in is beyond our budgets.

Part of the reason I have enjoyed scrapbooking beyond the fun of creating pages & sharing memories is the social aspect of it. Getting out of the house and having time to spend visiting & sharing was I special “me time”.

I remember when classes & events ran $20-$25, now the price has doubled, and I don’t see where the additional cost goes to. Gosh, it is online, other than the time to create the scrip for the event, where does the high cost come from? With say 50 people joining in, the teachers or event makes quite the profit – just 50 people sign up at $50 a person the resulting profit would be in the range of $2500. Quite a bit of $$ and a lot of the teachers hold the class many times, and after the first time they don’t have to spend the time creating the class – they just use what the created in the first place.

Some events/classes have short term “deals” that go on. Why not just lower the price rather than the cost beyond what most of us can spend? Personally, I have to budget to spend even $25 and by the time I save it up; the “special” price has gone away.

I will get off my soap box now. I just wanted to vent and get out in the public the feelings of at least one scrapper that used to really enjoy online classes & live crops. They made me sit down and create pages & have the ability to share memories with my family, friends and fellow scrapbookers.

Comments are requested - I would like to know what other scrappers feel about this

Suggestion & requests for files always welcome.

See you soon!


  1. You're right about this. Scrapbooking used to be something that was not terribly expensive, but the cost of materials is so high and then the cost of classes/crops, etc. is ridiculous. I wish there were a way around it... I live too far to take part in anything "live" and depend on on-line, but I've had to curtail it for those exact reasons.

  2. I guess it is the other way around for me. I started out with Creative Memories and those products were quite costly but now Michaels and Joanns have a great selection almost always on sale and there is the infamous 40% off coupon too! I am not drawn to the expensive online classes because I am not sure I would really gain anything from them. We need to just remember to enjoy our own individual creativity and not get too caught up on the latest trends. With that said, scrap away my friend and if you aren't able to do it with friends then at least post it on your blog for the rest of us to enjoy with you :-)

  3. You are right it's costly... that's why I use a lot of tutorial and videos from Youtube... It would be fun if it was more affordable for sure...

  4. i agree, way too costly and i'm never sure if i'm really going to get my money's worth since you never know what the class will include. i'll stick to you tube and blog videos.

  5. Me to! I would love to go to some of the scrapbook shows and participate in some of their projects. Even at those you pay a very high price. They used to have "free" (had to choke that one out) make and takes at many of the vendors; but not any more. I guess the price is getting high for everyone!

  6. Right there with you! I used to go with friends to a camp once or twice a year (bunkbed - camp style), but the price almost doubled. Now I host card classes and crops at my church once a month and charge $5. It's a lot of work, but it's nice to maintain the social aspect of crops. The down side is that I spend so much time helping others that my own projects suffer.

  7. The price of the camp I used to attend with friends almost doubled over the last few years. Now I host $5 card making classes/crops at my church. It's a lot of work, but it's nice to maintain the social aspect of doing crafts.


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