Black Friday Scrapbook Shopping Preview

It’s almost here…the most wonderful day of the (shopping) year: Black Friday!

Feeling overwhelmed by all the sales? Haven’t had a chance to check out Scrapbook Update’s Black Friday Sales Sneak Peek Page? Well, never fear…I’m here to give you the shortcut primer on what the best deals are!

All the various chain stores are offering similar deals for coupons for percentage off total purchase, many of which can be stacked on top of sale prices (with the typical product and brand exclusions that are always on the chain coupons). Which one is most appealing really depends on who sells the product lines that you want.

Let’s start out with the big ticket items…

Die Cut Machines

Perhaps the most massive deal of Black Friday has to be the Cricut Imagine machine for $187 with two cartridges at Walmart (sale starts 10pm Thanksgiving night). Considering the machine originally retailed for $599, and is currently going for $429 on Amazon, that’s a real steal if you want cut and print capability.

If all you want is cutting capability, you have plenty of sale options to choose from. For 12″ cutting width, the best value is the Cricut Expression 2 at AC Moore for $168.88. It’s a doorbuster starting from 5am-Noon on Friday, while supplies last, so you have to get there early, though. No sleeping in if you want to snag that one!

Since AC Moore is regional, you might not have one near you. In that case, you have two competing values for 12″ die cutting. Michaels has a limited edition Cricut Expression 2 with 4 cartridges for $199 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Or a second option is available at Joann’s – a Cricut Expression for $159.99 that is a doorbuster (meaning while supplies last) on Friday.

If you don’t feel like going out or miss out on one of the deals, Amazon is currently selling the Cricut Expression for $199 and the Cricut Expression 2 for $289.99.

For those who are just looking to experiment with electronic die cutting but don’t want to make a huge financial commitment yet, Michael’s has the perfect deal: a 6″ Cricut V1 machine for $69.99 as a doorbuster on Friday. I bought this machine when they ran this deal for the first time a few years ago and it has served me well as a very basic, practical machine. It cuts the occasional shape or title for me just fine.

Don’t need an upgrade to your machine? There are deals to be had on Cricut cartridges almost everywhere. Michaels, Joann’s and AC Moore are all running cartridge deals from $27-$29, and Joann’s is also running a $39.99 sale on cartridges with an $89.99 MSRP. All these deals are good on Friday, but some extend into the weekend as well. Shop early to get the best selection, though, especially if you are looking for popular cartridges. Which store is best for you will depend on cartridge selections being offered by the different stores and what you are looking for. You’ll have to check ads for specific selection and rely on your knowledge of what different stores usually carry that you want. But don’t forget that the chain stores may be bringing in special cartridge inventory for the sale.

If a Cricut machine isn’t for you but you want to get into electronic die cutting, the Sizzix Eclips Machine will be the discounted tool of the day at on Sunday.

There are good deals to be had as well on the manual die cut equipment. All of the major chains are running some kind of special on manual equipment:

  • Sizzix Holiday Themed Dies – 75% off (Joann, Fri/Sat/Sun)
  • Sizzix, Spellbinders, & Cuttlebug – 40% off (AC Moore)
  • Sizzix & Cuttlebug – 40% off (Michaels, Thu/Fri/Sat)
If you are looking for the machines, many of the models of which aren’t carried in the chain stores, there are some good deals to be had on those online:


Another item where the pricetag can add up fast is storage items. Black Friday can be a great day to buy those if you know what you want.

Michaels is just putting it all on sale – their scrapbook storage is on sale 50% off all weekend. Jetmax Storage is all on sale at AC Moore for 50% off if you are a fan of that system (or want to start one) and have a store near you.  Joann’s has some great prices on individual items – like a 10 drawer rolling cart, craft cart, or scrapbooking cart for $34.99 that MSRP for $89.99. The rolling cart in my kitchen scrap space was purchased there last year on a similar Black Friday special.

Other good organizing deals:

  • Ribbon Organizing Ladder – $9.99 (Joann, Sat Doorbuster)
  • Iris Handy Scrapbook Carrier – $9.99 (Joann, Fri Doorbuster)
  • Large Scrapbook Boxes – 3 for $10 (AC Moore)
  • Wicker Baskets  & Decorative Storage – 40% off (AC Moore)
  • Photo Boxes – 3 for $5 (Michaels, Thu/Fri/Sat)
  • Iris 12×12 Scrapbook Case – $2.99 (Michaels, Sat Doorbuster)
  • Baskets – 40% off (Michaels, Thurs/Fri/Sat)

Have a Clip It Up you want to expand, or do you covet one? is running a special on their products for  50% off all this week.


For those who don’t want to leave home, is offering specials (one tool and one brand) each day from Wednesday through Monday. They are kicking off today (Wednesday) with two very popular items – the Tim Holtz Vagabond machine  is only $189.99 with coupon code VB23 and Basic Grey’s product lines are 20% off.  Thursday promises to be another popular day when everything We R Memory Keepers will be on sale and the Cinch will be the discounted tool of the day. For full details on all the days of the sale, visit our Black Friday Sale Page.

Two Peas In A Bucket is keeping it simple – they are offering 20% off of all of their non-digital, non-clearance products from Thursday through Monday. Simon Says Stamp has a selection of products on sale for Black Friday. That sale is already in progress.

Here’s a few of the better deals on basic supplies and embellishments to be had at the chain stores:

  • Scotch ATG Tape Glider – $19.99 (Michael’s, Thu/Fri/Sat)
  • Strathmore Artist Pads – Buy One Get One Free (Michael’s, Thu/Fri/Sat)
  • Fiskars 12″ Paper Trimmer – $5 (AC Moore, Fri/Sat Doorbuster )
  • Organdy Ribbon Spools – 4 for $5 (Joann, Fri/Sat/Sun)

This is just a sampling…to get all the details check out our interactive Black Friday Scrapbook Sale page!

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9 Responses to Black Friday Scrapbook Shopping Preview

  1. Cassandra November 23, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    Thanks for sharing. Any deals on the Silhouette Cameo?

    • Caroline November 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

      Cassandra, I saw this on the Silhouette website:
      The Silhouette CAMEO™ will only be available here between Nov. 25 12:00 AM MST and Nov. 28 11:59 PM MST

      Price listed is $299 but I believe some blogs are offering special “secret discount codes” if you hunt around.

    • Paulette November 24, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

      Paper Wishes has the Cameo and a coupon for 20% off the highest priced item in your cart–free shipping on the Cameo, too. Go to and use the code PWNOV11. It is only good until Monday, Nov. 28.

  2. Bren November 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Don’t miss checking out Stampin’ Up!’s awesome Online Extravaganza this week only! There are loads of items at great discounts from 20-60% off for you or as great gifts. Tons of digital deals, too, to go with My Digital Studio, Stampin’ Up!’s versatile and totally cost effective digital papercrafting program.

  3. KathyinMN November 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Wow, that was helpful!

  4. Crista November 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Oh man, just when I thought I wasn’t going to do any BF shopping…thanks for the super article!!

  5. Paulette November 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    The Cameo is at and there is a coupon for 20% off the highest priced item in your cart. The coupon is good through Monday, Nov. 28 and there is free shipping on the Cameo. Use the code PWNOV11.

  6. Elyse Bleaman November 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    Thank you for this information! Black Friday-Cyber Monday is pretty daunting…this is so helpful.

  7. Margaret November 30, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    Hi, thank you for posting this information. It was helpful. Does anyone know the difference between the Expression 2 and the Special Edition Michaels Expression 2 version? I bought the Michaels one but didn’t open it yet because I wanted to make sure it isn’t in any way inferior to the regular Exp 2 machine. I’ve tried calling cricut and after being cut off twice after sitting on hold for 15 or 20 minutes each time I’ve given up.
    Many thanks to anyone that can shed light on the differences. I’m totally new to the cricut world but want to make sure I made the right purchase since there are still deals out there on the other machine.

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