Oh it's an option, one I've resorted to in the past, it's just not a good one......soldering all the components together is not an option
I agree. With schematic capture you do not have to verify that the traces are routed correctly. The last time I checked Eagle was the only free layout program that provided it.Etch your own. It can take a bit of practice, but it's worth it. One nice thing is I hardly look at pinouts anymore. Once you've verified a library part that's it. Schematic, place and route the board and just solder it on.
There's probably hundreds of etching threads on here already.
Maybe you can get some ideas from those links.Q: Well slap me like a data sheet and call me Suzy! I am ready to get going here, I know how the parts work, I have a schematic, all my parts and I am ready to go, but what tools do I need and how should I put all the parts together?
A: Ok, let's talk about breadboards, and circuit building.
This site looks like a pretty good one.
Electronic Construction Tutorial Part 1 - Tools & Soldering
A few more links.