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So… you’ve decided to start scrapbooking.
We love the thrill of turning a blank page into a beautiful one, full of memories and craft. Scrapbooking is fun, cheap and a great way to commemorate certain events, relationships and periods in your life.
But when you’re starting out, it can be a little overwhelming. What scrapbooking supplies do I need? And where do I get scrapbook ideas from?
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve compiled a list of the basic essentials you need to get started with scrapbooking, as well as some more exciting and advanced scrapbook accessories to buy once you’re sure that you want to really develop this hobby.
Let’s get down to it.
First things first, you must buy what might be the two most important scrapbooking supplies.
Paper and an album.
Without these, you won’t really be scrapbooking, so they’re definitely a must buy!
So, now you’ve got all your essential scrapbooking supplies, you’re probably wondering what else you need to get in order to become a full pro scrapbooker.Well, first of all, we suggest that you start small.
Like with all crafts, it’s easy to get carried away and buy loads of different scrapbook accessories and machines that you may not ever end up using.
By starting small, with just a few of the essentials that we’ve pinpointed above, you’ll be able to expand your repertoire wider once you know how you like to scrapbook and how often you use certain materials and accessories.
Although, we have to admit, there’s nothing more inspiring or that gives us more scrapbook ideas than buying more supplies!
Anyway, here’s a few ‘value added’ items that we really love to use when scrapbooking, and that we think you’ll love too. They’re not essential, but they’re certainly useful in taking your scrapbooks to the next level!
And what’s more, they are the ultimate in scrapbook accessories. Not only will they be able to create and cut out much more complex designs than our mere hands will ever be able to do, but they’ll do it incredibly accurately and precisely.
Owning a craft cutter immediately opens you up to a world of crafting opportunities and designs that you’re unlikely to find when it’s just you and a pair of scissors.
The best craft cutters can cut hundreds of different materials, draw, emboss, stipple and much more.
This whole site is devoted to all the craft cutting machines out there, but we’ve picked out a few machines that are particularly well suited to scrapbooking.
Printers are getting better and better with every passing year, and you can now buy portable ones that are even compatible with your phone for super quick printing.
What exactly these are will totally depend upon your aesthetic tastes. Personally, we love ribbons, stamps, stickers and frames.
The right embellishments — providing you don’t use too many — ensure that you end up with a truly beautiful scrapbook, that’s personal and artful.
We always find that we inevitably buy loads and loads of embellishments and don’t end up using all of them so, as we said earlier, start small and build up your collection slowly.
You can also buy scrapbooking kits that come with embellishments too, if you so desire.
Firstly, make sure that you store your scrapbooks upright on your shelves to keep the inner pages from fading under the pressure. And secondly, use page protectors.
Page protectors do exactly what they say on the tin: protect the pages of your scrapbook.
Because scrapbooks are something that we often keep forever, they’re very susceptible to wear and tear, collecting dust and dirt as the years go by, and before you know it, you’ve got curling corners and torn photos.
Many scrapbook albums already come with page protectors included, but if yours doesn’t, you will need to buy them separately and insert them yourself.
Like with all of your scrapbooking supplies, make sure they’re acid free for optimal longevity!
Now that you’ve got all the scrapbook accessories you could ever possibly need, you’re probably wondering where on earth you’re going to store everything.
Unless you’re blessed with a huge craft room to store all your supplies and embellishments, you’re going to need a tight little storage facility that can hold everything you own while being easy to navigate and find stuff.
Thankfully, these don’t have to cost an arm and a leg: there are plenty of plastic craft storage boxes on Amazon, as well as bigger and more expensive premium units.
Our last section isn’t about traditional scrapbook supplies that you need to buy, but rather whether to look online for some inspirational scrapbook ideas.
Sometimes we have a creative block where we can’t come up with any new designs or any beautiful new scrapbook ideas.
For these times, we turn to our favorite scrapbooking blogs for inspiration.
Here are a small handful of the best:
Phew — now that’s everything we can think of in terms of the scrapbooking supplies you need to get started.
What scrapbook accessories would you add to our list?
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