My friend who lives in Michigan is very into Scrap booking, and it seems like the stuff she gets is way less expensive. I agree that dollarama is a good place for buying supplies, and I know they have many 'how to' books in the the libraries here. I also think Winners has more of scrap book stuff, and is often on clearance. It usually comes in 'kits' with a general theme, or colors.
But I have seen huge packages of with emelishments, and even fabric ribbon,
pens and all the stuff for around 5 dollars. Hope you continue to pursue your