What You Need to Get Started Scrapbooking
by Gayle Humphreys for Simple Scrapbooks Magazine
You have the photos and you have seen gorgeous scrapbooks
that friends or relatives have made. You even have a budding desire to be a
scrapbooker, but when you enter the scrapbook aisle at the craft store or walk
into a scrapbook store, you feel lost and don't know where to begin. There are
so many products available in the scrapbooking industry that it is easy to feel
lost or overwhelmed. Print this list and take it with you when you go shopping
and you will be able to focus on those things that you really need to get
started making beautiful scrapbooks!
- Select the size album you want to work in and find a color or pattern that
works for the theme of your album.
pages for your album. Refills are not standard sizes, so it is best to
pick up a few packs when you purchase your album so that you get the same
manufacturer and size. This way you will not have to hunt for the
sharp pair of scissors. My favorites have very fine tips and are
comfortable to hold in my hand. You want a pair of scissors that are
dedicated exclusively to your scrapbooking. This way they are always with
your supplies and always nice and sharp.
There are many, many different styles of adhesive. To get started you want
an acid-free adhesive that will work well on both cardstock and photos.
and Printed Papers. Select paper to go with the colors you wish to
accent in your photos. You may want to purchase paper at your local
scrapbook store so that you can select individual sheets for each page.
Pens. Look for acid-free, permanent, pens with fine tips for hand
writing your journaling. If you wish to hand write titles for your pages you
may wish to purchase pens that have a fine tip on one end and a wider tip on
the opposite end.
Those are the essentials, but as with any craft, there is
always more that you may want to add to your supplies. Here are the ones that
you could add next.
Very High on the "Want" List:
A 12" Paper
Embellishments that coordinate with your pages, such as stickers, 3-D
Stickers, buttons, and more.
An Idea Book.
Items to Consider When Budget Allows:
A Die Cut
Machine with an Alphabet Set of Dies.
Full Set of
more. Once you get started it's hard to stop. You will find yourself wanting
more paper, more embellishments, and eventually more albums!