With so many scrapbooking supplies, products and tools in the market to help scrapbookers in their creative process, you might need some suggestions on what beginner supplies to get.
So do check out our Top Ten must-have supplies listed below. I believe these are essential/basic supplies that most scrapbookers can’t live without.
Our Top Ten basic scrapbook supplies are:
1. Cardstock/ Soliared Papers
American Crafts – 12 x 12 Cardstock Pack – 60 Sheets – WhiteDoodlebug Design – 12 x 12 Texture Cardstock Assortment – RainbowDie Cuts with a View – Cardstock Stack – White Core – 12 x 12 – Double Sided
Clearly, the most important scrapbooking supplies you will need is the scrapbooking paper itself besides photos. Remember to choose acid-free and lignin-free papers if you want your scrapbooking to last for years without the papers turning yellowish and damaging your precious photos.
For papers, there’s cardstocks (solid heavyweight papers) and patterned papers.
Cardstock is a must-have for your supplies collection. It’s easy to use and should be a constant supply you’ll be using.
For cardstock, there’s those which come with “white cores”. When you do paper tearing, the torn line that appears is white and therefore more obvious. Others come in same-colored cores, meaning even when you tear them, the torn line is the same color as the cardstock.
A cardstock can form the background paper or be used to highlight your photos for matting purpose. So yes, cardstock is an important element on your scrapbook layout. Do choose colors and textures that match your photos well.
2. Patterned Paper
Patterned paper comes in a huge range of designs, paper weight, colorfast, finish, texture, single or double-sided.
They can form the functional foundation of your page or become a decorative element on your layout.
Think of your color theme and that’ll give you a better idea of what colors or patterns to pick out.
Adhesive is what holds your photos, title, journaling blocks, ribbons, buttons, chipboard accents or whatever you choose to stick to your page. So no, your scrapbook supplies collection won’t be complete without an adhesive of some sort.
And they come in various formats. From tape runner, glue dots, glue stick to liquid glue. So the deciding factor on which type of adhesive to use would be the intended surface. Check out the manufacturers’ descriptions.
Keep in mind that you’re building memories here, so you’ll want to choose an adhesive that last for years. You won’t want to see your photos falling off your wonderful scrapbook layouts. Just shop around a little and you’ll see there’s really a number of acid-free scrapbook adhesives that will fix the pasting job nicely.
Choose pens that’s pigment ink, fade-proof, water-proof and will keep your scrapbooking layouts safe. You need pens to note down dates, names and write descriptions about your precious moments.
You can also use them to doodle on your layouts.
For starters, you can never go wrong with a black one. It’ll see you through countless pages, and matches with everything.
Next, you need good cutting tools as you’ll be cutting lots of papers! A pair of precise, sturdy and good scissors will see you through many detailed cutting work.
You might want to set aside this pair of scissors for your scrapbooking projects and nothing else. ;-)
Both Small Precision Scissors and the Cutter Bee Scissors above have many good reviews. I have my pair of Cutter Bee Scissors for a few years now and it does it job very nicely.
A good trimmer will let you slice up quick, accurate cuts to your papers and see you through countless scrapbooking sessions. You might want to get one with inexpensive replacement blades, or better yet, a self-sharpening model!
Tip: Make sure yours has a well-marked, built-in ruler that makes measuring a breeze!
If you want to get a trimmer, look through the Friskars brand. They have a range of trimmers to suit different budgets.
Simple Stories – SNAP Collection – 3 x 4 and 4 x 6 Cards with Foil Accents – Say Cheese IIHeidi Swapp – Hello Beautiful Collection – Memory Planner – Fabric FlagsPrima – Wildflowers Pillar Pack Collection – Botanical Flower Mix – Assorted
Embellishments make scrapbooking so exciting! There’s chipboard frames, photo overlays with foil accents, flower embellishemnts, journaling cards, tags, die cut chipboards, ephemera and more.
The right embellishments can really step up your page to looking great! The important thing is to check whether your embellishments enhance and help to pull the page together. If it distracts or jars your senses, it’s probably not necessary.
7. Scrapbook Kits
There are different types of scrapbooking kits: Album kits, page kits, and even embelllishment kits.
With a scrapooking page kit, all the coordination work has been done for you and you don’t have to wonder how to match this and that, as all the elements are put together to complement each other beautifully. With many different elements thrown together in a kit, you have a chance to sample many different items which you otherwise might not have a chance to, as it would cost much more to get each item separately.
So if you’re at a loss as to what cardstock, patterned paper and embellishments to get, do look into getting a scrapbook kit to try out.
Becky Higgins – Project Life – Heidi Swapp Collection – Album – 12 x 12 D-Ring – Printed White – HeartAmerican Crafts – Cloth Album – 12×12 D-Ring Album – ChestnutPioneer – EZ Load Memory Album – 12 x 12 – 20 Top Loading Pages – Text Sewn Faux Suede – Travel
After spending efforts into your pages, you’ll want to keep them safe and a place to house them. Enter scrapbooking albums.
It used to be that postbound scrapbook albums with top loading page protectors were very popular. These days, the D-ring/Three-ring albums are highly popular with its easy to insert and easy to remove page protector system, making it a breeze to switch pages around.
For postbound albums, they normally include a number of page protectors with white blank pages but some do not include these. So be sure to check out the descriptions. For the D-ring or 3-ring albums, mostly you will have to buy the page protectors separately.
Like everything else, albums come in a variety of sizes, formats, textures, designs and colors. So pick one one that fits your personality and sense of style. You’ll be working with the same album for quite some time, so get one that you like.
Some brands to consider for D-ring albums: Becky Higgins and American Crafts. If you see click on the American Crafts link and see Becky Hggins and Heidi Swapp brands, don’t be alarmed as American Crafts manufacture Becky Higgins and Heidi Swapp brands of products in addition to their own brand.
For postbound albums, Pioneer is a veteran and popular brand.
9. Page Protectors
Let’s go over page protectors quickly. You will need page protectors to protect the precious scrapbook pages you’ve created. Don’t leave them out in the open unprotected as it might bend your page corners or leave it exposed to dust and dirt that will damage your layout.
If you are buying the D-ring/3-ring albums, you would have to buy the page protectors separately.
If you are buying a postbound album that come with some top loading page protectors and white page inserts, you might have to buy additional pack of refills as your number of scrapbooking layouts grow.
Make sure that they are acid-free to protect your lovingly-created pages and that they fit your brand and type of album.
10. Storage & Organization
To round up our Top Ten scrapbooking supplies list, let’s look a bit into storage and organization.
Ok, you might think that you don’t need any scrapbook organizers when you first start out on scrapbooking. That’s how I thought so too when I began my scrapping adventure.
So after accumulating many pieces of cardstock and patterned papers in a short span of time, I had a hard time sorting through them looking for what I wanted. Precious time wasted on searching which could channel into productive scrapping time.
Storage and organizers really would help to keep your scrapbooking area clean and organized. There’s paper trays, paper holders, embellishment storage, tool storage, and more that you can look into when your scrapbook supplies collection expands.
Do check out my scrapbooking organization articles for more information.
Your starter’s scrapbooking supplies is now complete. There’s many scrapbook products to fit into different budgets. So take your time to get scrapbooking supplies that fit your needs and supplies.
Everyone starts somewhere, so don’t worry too much about getting everything perfect. Perfection will probably come from your trials and errors while scrapping. :-)
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