Basic Scrapbooking Supplies
Beginning a new hobby can feel overwhelming at best – but fear not! With a few basic scrapbooking supplies it will be easy to get your feet off the ground. You already have the photos and memories you’ve been storing – these will be your most important tools to work with. But you walk into the store and see so many supplies! How to choose?!
What is a scrapbook?
A scrapbook is defined as a book of blank pages for sticking clippings, drawings, or pictures in. In other words – whatever you want it to be!
Historically, a scrapbook was usually little more than albums of very specific events (a wedding, baby shower etc etc.). Scrapbooks were strictly used as albums, with news clipping and perhaps snippets of memorabilia pasted in. Nowadays, however, a scrapbook can mean different things to different people. Some crafters prefer to adhere to strict layouts, while others delve into whimsy. There is, however, one thing that all good scrapbook pages do: they tell a story. This can be done through journaling, chronological photos and much, much more.
Scrapbooks represent a piece of who you are, so don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through!
With so many options to choose from it can feel impossible to narrow down the options and get going on your first project. Below you will find a list of essential scrapbooking supplies. Print it out and bring it with you on your next venture to the crafts store for some peace of mind.
- An Album or Notebook: Take a moment to think about your dream project. What size photos do you want in it? Do you prefer a traditional scrapbook layout (12×12), or will your project have a less traditional feel (notebook, planner, etc)? If you will be using 4×6 photos then a 12×12 album will be your easiest bet for layouts – and you will find the most layout inspiration for that format, which will be helpful as a beginner.
- Scissors and an X-Acto knife.
- Adhesive: With so many to choose from, I would suggest starting with some Modge-Podge for your lighter weight papers. You can use Tack It for wooden, velum and fabrics. Please check out this page on How to Make Glue Dots for easy to follow instructions on making your own sticky dots and saving money! If you’d rather just buy them, I like these.
- Pens: I love this pen set. Sipa pens are long-lasting, you get multiple brush types and lots of colors to play with! You can also get some simple crayola markers. They are washable, cheap and you can start practicing marker calligraphy with them. Check out this post for printables and tips on getting started with brush lettering!
- Scrapbooking Paper: So much to choose from! I would suggest getting some card stock and patterned paper. Think about what colors and patterns fit the themes you see yourself pursuing in your crafts.
Where to Buy Basic Scrapbooking Supplies (and more!) for Cheap
- Pick Your Plum: Ok so this isn’t really for basic scrapbooking supplies necessarily – but I love this store! Pick Your Plum offers daily flash deals. Most of them aren’t useful for crafting, but there are mystery craft boxes fairly often that I adore. They have the same types of stuff in them as other kits that you’d pay up to $60 for, but you can find them at pick your plum for prices as low as $10. Just have to pick through the options and check daily.
- Scrapbook.com: One of the largest stores for scrapbooking tools and supplies on the web. I love their dollar store section. You can buy tons of basic scrapbooking supplies here such as patterned paper and stickers All at an amazing price. Check out the rest of the site as well. There are lots of classes with clear instruction and scrapbook layout inspiration.
- Amazon Scrapbooking Bestsellers: What can’t you buy on amazon?! Check around for pricing, but amazon often has amazing deals (I love their add-ons), just don’t get too carried away, some things are more expensive here as well. Make sure you are doing price comparisons if the price seems high.
- Ebay Scrapbooking Auctions: If you are willing to wait, you can find amazing deals with no shipping fee from international vendors. The only thing is that the items take a while to arrive. I also love looking at “lots” on Ebay. “Lots” are groupings of items you buy all together at a discount. Be sure to pay close attention to the shipping cost and seller ratings, as well as product descriptions. If you abide by those caveats, Ebay can be a great place to get stocked up on basic scrapbooking supplies for a very good price.