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Scrapbook Toolbox-What Every Scrapbook Artist Needs

Updated on April 4, 2015
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

Like an artist needs a paint brush, some paints and a canvas, scrapbookers need tools to create scrapbook pages that will last the generations. There are just a few tools that you need to get started. Some of them you might just have, if you are a crafter. These are the most basic tools, every crafter should have to make the scrapbook pages you can be proud of.

  1. A Cutting Mat-keeps your surfaces clean. Makes stamping and cutting easier-non slip surface
  2. A Paper Cutter- Makes clean even cuts for your mats and embellishments, frames and more. It has some measuring features that make cutting a breeze
  3. Scissors-Large scissors for all your basic cutting needs, detail scissors for making small cuts, decorative scissors for edges and detail
  4. Adhesives- For gluing and taping of your photos and scrapbook elements
  5. Gel Pens- To journal, add titles and other décor on your scrapbook pages
  6. The rulers-the clear straight ruler enables you to see the paper underneath the ruler. Makes it much easier. The hexagon ruler is a simple start for you to enable you to make some shapes without a mechanical cutter
  7. A Bone Folder is very handy when you want crisp clean folds on journel notes and other page add-ons

There are a few other basic things that you probably already have in your house. Pencils are handy to draw with. Some regular paper to draw design outlines before you start. Some bowls and glasses to make circles with. Glue sticks are always handy to keep around too. Cookie cutters are terrific for making shapes and embellishments

Stay organized ! Find a place to keep all your scrapbook tools so that they are handy for all your hobby time. It will keep you less frustrated and give you more time for scrapbooking. Even if you don't have a craft room or space, keep you stash together in a box, basket or bin

Don't get me wrong , there are plenty more tools than I have listed here. These are the real basic scrapbook tools for anyone who is considering scrapbooking as a new hobby. Let's start filling your scrapbook toolbox !

Adhesive Tape Runners-Your First Adhesive

The adhesive tape runner is the first adhesive you should consider buying when you are starting out making scrapbook pages. Yes, I also use glue sticks, but the adhesive tape runner has infinite more possibilities than my glue sticks. Not only can it adhere pictures, titles and journaling text, but it also is very economical, less time consuming and neater than a glue stick. Not only can it adhere paper, but it can also be used with ribbon and glitter. It is a double sided tape that is rolled out of the dispenser. You can purchase tape runners that are refillable which makes them even more conomical.

Lets Start With Your Work Area-Self Healing Mat

Is your craft space a complete room or an area on a dining room table? No matter where and hoe much space that you have, you need a work mat. Since your scrapbook paper is mostly 12" by 12" this larger mat is perfect for you. It functions in lots of different ways to help you on every page and layout that you do. It has measured one inch markers that help you measure different pieces. You can draw and color on it. You can stamp on it and get even stamping every time. It is very easy to clean. And best of all, you protect your work surface every time

Markers-Start With A pack Of Many Colors

Markers make your pages uniquely your very own artwork. Here is where you can shine as a scrapbook artist. You can create your own colors, do art journals, and color stamps that will make your pages shine. These are not the markers that your kids play with ! These are artist markers that you will find so many uses for as you start to create the story of your life

An Acrylic Ruler-Why I would Not Be Without One

I have quite a few rulers in my craft room, but if there is only one that I would chose as an absolute must have, it would be my acrylic ruler. Especially for scrapbook pages and paper crafts, this is a must have tool that you will go to over and over again. The main feature of the acrylic ruler is simply the fact that you can see right through it. That one feature makes the cost of the ruler worth every penny. You can mark and draw lines and still see the paper underneath. You can place the ruler on your scrapbook page to keep all your elements straight. You can set letters on the edge of the ruler and ease them off to make a very clean look ! This is one tool that you cannot live without.

Paper Cutter- Multitask Tool For Scrapbooking And Paper Crafting

I could not live without my paper cutter. From the very small portable ones to a full size office type paper cutter. You can decide what size and cost meets your individual needs. If you are just getting started, I suggest getting a small portable cutter with replaceable blades. It is easy to store and can be taken to classes. The blades are economical to replace. You can cut mats, borders, titles and more.

There are desk top paper trimmers that have rulers built into them. There are also paper trimmers with lights and laser lights. These are generally a bigger investment. I would start with a more reasonable trimmer, unless you have one in your home already

Invest In A Quality Pair Of Scissors

A good quality pair of scissors will take you a long way towards creating scrapbook pages that you will be proud to share. There are lots of different types of scissors that you will want to invest in as time gores by, but to start with, invest in a good pair of straight scissors. Later on, you will want to add a pair of tiny detail scissors and some decorative scissors. The tiny scissors are used to cut into small and detailed pieces. The decorative scissors add fancy edges that can be used for titles, borders and other elements of your scrapbook pages

Increasing Your Stash-More Scrapbook Tools

As time goes on and you learn more techniques , you will find that your toolbox will grow larger. As you learn more ideas, think about what you would like to have a make a wish list for all the things that you might like to have. As long as I have scrapped, I still have a wish list of new products that my heart yearns for. Then I watch the sales and check my coupons for the best times to think about purchasing them. One o the best ways to test a tool, is to go to a class that uses that tool. You might also consider searching for the technique that uses that tool or a video that uses that tool to check it out. Always carry a notebook with a list of what you have so that you don't buy the same thing twice. It should have a list of all the tools and supplies that you have so you can check out what you have verses what you need

Ink Pads And Stamps-So Many colors and choices

Ink pads are an essential tool in your toolbox. They can be used in so many ways. You can of course stamp letters and images for your pages. You can also create a distressed look on your paper by edging them with ink. There are lots of different kinds of ink pads and you should become very familiar with the basics. Start by buying a black ink pad. You might also consider a brown, a red and some of the metallic which are my very favorites. Always whenever possible buy ink pads that can be refilled. This will save you a lot of money. Make sure to store your pads upside down and secure the lids with rubber bands to keep the ink from drying out.

Stamps are an essential tool in scrapbooks. You can stamp a plain piece of scrapbook paper to make it custom. You can make little embellishments from stamped images that you can cut out once they are stamped and colored. There are so many options ! When you first set out to buy stamps, start with very basic stamps that you will use over and over again. Think about things like birthday, holiday, saying stamps and alphabets. Then gradually add more stamps as time and your budget allows. Once you get the stamping bug, you may find out that you want to branch out and make greeting cards, You will basically have all the supplies in your craft area.

Paper Punches

These are delightful paper cutters that can make your scrapbook pages oh so very wonderful. They cover the spectrum of just about anything you can think of. Flowers, butterflies, birds, animal, edging punches that make shapes in all kinds of sizes. When you start with punches, buy some basic punches and then add on as time goes along.

What Scrapbook Tools Are Essential To You?

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    • Spirality profile image


      5 years ago

      I would love to start scrapbooking or creating a junk journal to ease my way into this craft. I definitely would like a paper trimmer and the round corner punch.

    • linfcor profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda F Correa 

      5 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      @lizbirdsall9: We'll be sharing some more tools...wanted to start with the basics, but thanks for the input. I will be addressing more tools later

    • linfcor profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda F Correa 

      5 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      @Elsie Hagley: I am thrilled that you are getting started. Look for our other scrapbook lenses and watch for more ideas and basics coming shortly

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      I have no ideas as I don't know much about Scrap Booking, but I am in for this, can't get started, quick enough. My daughter-in-law does this and I was very interested, but never ever got started, now no excuse, this review will certainly get me going on the right track. Thank you.

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      5 years ago

      Maybe some desiner tools to make some good designs.

    • linfcor profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda F Correa 

      5 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      @Adventuretravels: Thanks so much-yes, I started with very beasic tools that every crafter should have. These can also be used with cardmaking and papercrafting too. We'll be posting lots more scrapbooking tips and ideas, so keep watching !

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      5 years ago from UK

      Great - this is a very comprehensive list of things any artist should have. Thanks for all the advice too.


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