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Top Ten Essential Scrapbooking Supplies
Like with any hobby, scrapbooking requires certain materials and costs to proceed. Instead of a pair of skis or golf clubs though, the most important scrapbook supplies tend to be significantly cheaper, thank goodness. And, in my opinion, with all the bright colors and fun variations, scrapbook essentials are more fun than the supplies of any other hobby!
Paper. Lots of it.
That scrapbooking paper is an essential scrapbooking tool may go without saying. After all, it is the base of a scrapbook page. But it's so much more!
We layer multiple pretty patterned papers together for textured looks. We cut squares and rectangles from paper and cardstock to create photo mats. With paper and a paper slicer we can skip the ribbon and save money by cutting long strips and using those instead. With hundreds of free or cheap patterns available on the internet paper piecing adds adorable, three dimensional embellishments to our pages.
Paper comes in every color with designs for every season and everyday, from polka dots to stripes to pictures. Where would a scrapbook be without its variety? The scrapbook paper you choose makes the page and it's relatively cheap as long as you don't go overboard.
Scrapbook stickers may add up in cost easily, but they sure can be worth it! So many designs and textures and occasions to choose from! They're absolutely precious.
Yes, not strictly necessary in your scrapbook, but stickers do add a little something. Maybe you have pictures of your child at a park but no photo of the park itself -- add in a three-dimensional playground sticker! With pop-dots and glitter the simplest, flattest of stickers can be given dimension to help them pop. Stickers should always be accents to the page, of course, not stealing focus from the pictures.
That you need scissors to scrapbook is a given, but a paper slicer eliminates sloppy, uneven lines. It's my best friend when scrapbooking! I'd get nowhere if I was expected to cut straight lines on my own. Instead, buy a cheap paper slicer in which you can line up your sheet(s) of scrapbook paper between two ends, place a clear ruler over it, and then move a slicer where you need to cut.
Tip: Save your left over chunks and strips of paper! The small pieces can be used for punch-outs in the future and the strips in place of ribbon for a scrapbook page's background.
In the digital age it's easy and cheap to have photos printed. Some people even have the ability to do so in the comfort of their own home. And, of course, copies of these printed photographs remain on our computers. So the prospect of simply gluing a picture right onto its mat in your scrapbooking layout is appealing.
But sometimes with older photos I just don't want to risk any damage to the originals and a copy doesn't come out quite the same. That's where clear photo corners come in handy. They can be bought on a roll in which you receive 50-100 for a few dollars. A great investment!
Another option for page décor is to make photo corners out of small pieces of paper. A few folds, a little glue, and you have neat little corner pockets to tuck the edges of photos in, holding them securely in place and complimenting your scrapbook page.
As the name suggests, pop dots can make a certain element of any scrapbook page really "pop." Give a plain sticker embellishment or a paper piecing project dimension with simple pop dots.
They often come in packs of around 100 for only (again, approximately) four dollars. It's one of the few cheap scrapbooking supplies! Especially considering how useful they are.
Do you love the effects of ribbon on a scrapbook page, but hate the hassle of trying to find just the right glue, apply it without a mess, and get it to stick in the right spot? If you're anything like me you visualize a beautiful strip of ribbon or two running across your page and then inevitably mess it up. Ribbon tape solves this problem.
You can buy it all sorts of designs - stripes, stars, symbols, etc. - and colors. It unrolls just like ribbon, but the adhesive is already applied and you can just stick it down on the scrapbook page wherever you like, with no gobs of glue.
Sure, you can buy tags in bunches, generally paying $3-5 for a small stack. And they're cute! By all means, splurge on the perfect set of tags for your scrapbook album.
But don't underestimate the ability to make your own whenever you see the perfect piece of paper for doing so. Over time this investment will save you money and nurture your creativity.
The punches come in various sizes and shapes for an assortment of tags to keep your look fresh. You may want to wait for half-off coupons to stores such as JoAnn's or Michael's before purchasing any sort of punch as they tend to run in the tens or twenties depending on size.
It may seem overly simple. Boring even. But you need a good, acid-free glue stick to scrapbook with!
And it's harder to find than it might seem. Too often I've spread two layers (as the instructions insist) of glue on the back of my mat, pressed it down, and found it pealing up an hour later as if the glue simply dried off!
The Crop-a-Dile is a multi-function tool for scrapbooking. I only just discovered it a year ago as I wandered through the aisles of JoAnn's, looking for scrapbooking inspiration. But now I don't know how I've lived without it for so long!
First, it features two different sizes of hole punching capability and boy is it strong! This can punch through cardstock or multiple sheets of thick paper for one neat hole.
It's other main feature is to set eyelets, of course, making it a must-need tool for any scrapbooker.
I'm also fond of the rubber grip which is comfortable for prolonged use.
While this isn't necessarily a scrapbook object, and may not be considered supplies in general, it's essential for scrapbooking! You need to be organized with a hobby that's so messy, made up of "scraps."
There are many different ways to store and organize your scrapbook supplies. Cheap options might include simple cardboard boxes to separate paper from stickers from stamps, etc.
Got spare shelves in a closet? Use it to stack paper by color and theme!
Step it up a notch by purchasing a drawer unit, preferably one on wheels. Some are quite complex (and expensive), allowing the drawers to retract in size and shrink down to a single box that can be wheeled around by a handle. Others are for more permanent use and are too large for easy transport, but great for staying organized in your scrapbooking.