Scrapbooking Basics – the tools needed to get you started
So you have a ton of photos sitting around in boxes or those old magnetic type photo albums. You want to get started with scrapbooking but you heard it was expensive and time consuming and you think “where do I begin?” It is really simple. The items below will get you started and you can build on your supplies later if you like.
- trimmer – 12″ paper trimmer – I use the Fiskar 12″ Sure Cut which has a precision wire for better accuracy. There are a lot of different ones available. Just choose one you are comfortable with as you will be using it a great deal. One thing I have learned over time is to have two–one for home and one for classes, crops, and scrapbook retreats (yes, there is such a thing as a retreat just for cropping to your heart’s content). That way you never run the risk of leaving your trimmer behind. My second trimmer remains in my “tool kit” and the one for home never leaves the craft space.
- adhesive – so many types but for most scrapbook layouts you need a good tape runner that is easy to use and refill. My personal preference is My Stik by Scrapbook Adhesives.
- paper – acid free paper and cardstock
- scissors – both precision and regular. A good suggestion for precision is EK Success Cutter Bee Precision-Cut Scissors
- pens/markers – acid free pens and markers if you intend to journal or otherwise write on your layouts
- embellishments – this is a wide category. This is anything from flowers, buttons, movie tickets, receipts from a special event, etc.