Beginner’s guide to scrapbooking supplies

Scrapbooking is a fun hobby and an excellent way to store memories, display photographs or create gifts. To make the most of your scrapbook, you need to first stock up on scrapbooking embellishments and supplies. As a beginner, it can be tricky to figure out exactly where to start, so read this guide to help you get on your way to scrapbooking success.

Types of scrapbooking supplies

Start your first scrapbooking project with a few basic supplies:

Scrapbooks: Scrapbook albums (like photo albums) can be found in all shapes, sizes and colours. Some come with plain inserts to store the pages you create, while others include template pages that are ready to be filled. Digital scrapbooking is also popular, where you can upload your photos and edit online in creative ways.

Scrapbooking paper: Choose from plain, patterned, textured or themed scrapbook paper. You can take a few photos with you to the store to get a feel for which style matches best. Many scrapbook enthusiasts choose a combination of different paper.

Scrapbooking accessories: With a ton of scrapbooking stamps and stickers, blades, trimmers, markers, embellishments, glues, tapes, scrapbooking punches and accessories to choose from, it can start to get expensive. Start small and grow your supplies over time.

Scrapbook kits: If you’re still unsure about what to buy, you can easily pick up a kit that gives you all the basic scrapbooking tools you need to get started.

Scrapbooking supply features

Look for supplies with these features to make sure your hard work doesn't fade.

Acid-free supplies: It’s best to use acid-free scrapbooking supplies in order to protect photos and other memories you’re adding to your scrapbook.

Quality: Use pens and markers that are designed specifically for scrapbooking. This will ensure the ink doesn’t fade over time. The same goes for glue and tape. Opt for something high in quality that will last.

Tips for buying scrapbooking supplies

Follow these tips to get the most out of your scrapbooking experience:

  • Deciding what type of scrapbook you want to create will make buying scrapbooking supplies a lot easier. You can choose a themed scrapbook (for an event like a wedding), a scrapbook album (to store photos) or something more general.
  • When you’re buying supplies, think carefully about how each page will be presented. When it’s time to put your scrapbook together, don’t glue anything down until you’re sure it’s right.
  • Don’t forget that some old craft products or objects sitting around at home can end up being useful for scrapbooking projects.
  • Set aside some space for scrapbooking storage. Buy a box or find an easy-to-reach space to keep all your supplies together.

There are thousands of scrapbooking supplies just waiting to be discovered. Stock up on embellishments, tools and supplies and enjoy sharing your memories through the art of scrapbooking.

Beginner’s guide to scrapbooking supplies
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