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Scrapbooking Essentials for Beginners

Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to show off your creativity and to preserve the memories. However, scrapbooking can also be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. What do I really need? What are the essentials I will need? Is this going to cost me a fortune?  I suggest that you compile the essentials for scrapbooking and then build upon that. You can be surprised what you can create with just the basics. Happy Scrapbooking!

1> Photos: Photos are essential in scrapbooking. You can use a variety of photos that suite the theme of your scrapbook page. For example, you can collect some photos from your wedding/anniversary and create a wedding/anniversary themed scrapbook layout. I suggest that you avoid using original photos. It would be wise to print out a copy of the photo or use photo services online or in-store. I have used Walgreens and CVS, and Shutterfly to reproduce my photos.

2> Paper Trimmer: It is a good idea to have a quality paper trimmer on hand. I use three different sized paper trimmers: large, medium, and small/mini. Listed below are the paper trimmers that I used for scrapbooking.

Fiskars 12in Sure Cut Scrapbooking Paper Trimmer

Fiskars 9in Bypass Trimmer

Darice Mini Paper Trimmer

3> Journaling Pens: Part of scrapbooking is briefly journaling about the pictures that are on your layout. A good journaling pen is essential. I recommend black and white ink (to write on dark colored paper) for journaling. I recommend that you use a Pigma Micron Archival Black Ink Pen, Jelly Roll Gel Pens (click here for Jelly Roll white ink), and Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens.


4>Adhesive: Having some good quality adhesives is essential in putting together your scrapbook layouts. I suggest that you use a dry adhesive when scrapbooking. If you choose to use a wet adhesive make sure that it is photo safe. The dry adhesive that I use is double-sided tape. My favorite double-sided tape are: Aleens’s Double-Sided Tacky Tape and Scor-Pal Scor Tape (this particular tape comes in a variety of widths).

5>Embellishments: In order to decorate you scrapbook layout, you’ll need some embellishments. Embellishments can take the form of 3D, flat stickers, glitter, tags, buttons, brads, ribbon…the embellishments are endless! If you have trouble putting together embellishments that go with the theme of your scrapbook layout you can purchase themed embellishments. You can find these embellishments are your local craft stores.

6>Scissors: A good pair of scissors in an essential for…well, for cutting things. I use two different types of scissors: all-purpose and craft precision. My all-purpose scissors are used for cutting paper, string, adhesives (although use a non-stick all-purpose scissors), fabric, etc. I use my craft precision scissors to cut paper that require me to make more intricate cuts such as cutting small die cuts and stickers. Here are the scissor brands that I use and that I suggest you invest your money into:

Martha Stewart Crafts Precision Scissors

Acme 7in Titanium All-Purpose Scissors 

EK Success Original 5in Cutter Bee Scissors

7>Scrapbook Album: You will need an album to hold all of your scrapbook layouts and memories. There are several types of albums to choose from. I like a 3-ring ring album. In addition to an album, you need to invest in some high quality, photo-safe page protectors. You can find these albums and page protectors at your local craft stores.

8>Cardstock and Printer Scrapbook Paper: One of the fun parts, in my opinion, is finding scrapbook paper that will be coordinate with the theme of your scrapbook layout. The best way to purchase a variety of different colors and styles of designer paper, without breaking the bank, is to buy paper packs (they usually have 45-60 pages of designed paper). These paper packs come in different sizes. My favorite paper pack collections are from the Recollection line created my Michaels and the The Paper Studio line created by Hobby Lobby.


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