Basic Scrapbooking Supplies
Beginning a new hobby can feel overwhelming at best – but fear not! With a few basic tools and 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?!
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 Scrapbooking essentials. 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 and Tack It for wooden, velum and fabrics. Please also visit my page How to make Sticky Dots for easy to follow instruction 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 my post on Getting Started with Brush Calligraphy!
- Scrapbooking Paper: So much to choose from! I would suggest getting some card stock and thinking about what colors and patterns fit the themes you see yourself pursuing in your crafts.