This tutorial contains valuable resources and information about the items found on the “Essentials” and the “Upgrades” shopping lists. The content comes from myself and well-seasoned veterans who have found this information indispensable for our scrapbooking. Once you understand the basics of what is needed to scrapbook, you’ll avoid wasteful purchases and acquire only items you will use, need, and enjoy. The “Essentials” and “Upgrades” shopping lists correlate with this Tutorial.

Click here to see and print New To Scrapbooking, Shopping List 1 - The “Essentials”

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The “Essentials”

 

Album  

Why? An album allows you to safely store all of your completed layouts.

What works:  Standard 8.5” x 11” and 12” x 12” albums work well to display photos and memorabilia as do smaller mini-albums.  Popular album binding options are:

·          Three-ring – a notebook-style metal ring mechanism that holds page protectors in the album.  Album contents can be adjusted easily.

·          Post-bound – two to three metal screw and bolt-type posts hold album contents into place.  The album must be disassembled to add or removed pages.

·          Strap-hinge – Though not as prevalent as 3-ring and post-bound albums,  these albums have two to three nylon straps than lace through sturdy staples on the pages designed specifically for strap-hinges.  The background of these specialty pages is white and will have to have colored cardstock added for color.  

Your album decisions should be based on personal preference.  More information about album options, decorating album covers and designing your albums can be found in the E-Book: A Scrapbooker’s Guide: Scrapbook Planning and Cover Designs by Jill Davis

KMA 3-ring albums (I’ve used KMA albums for 25 years. The 3-ring feature allows you to add or remove pages, quickly and easily.)

We-R-Memory Keepers Leather 3-ring Albums

We-R-Memory Keeper Linen 3-ring Albums

American Crafts 3-ring Albums 

Click here to view all albums in the Scrapbook.com Superstore.

 

Page Protectors 

Why? Page protectors shield your layouts from everyday wear and tear while holding them securely in an album.

What works:  On average, either 8.5” x 11” or 12” x 12”albums will hold 35 full page protectors.  If you design “lumpy layouts” (those with multiple thick layers or thick embellishments) you will use less.  Only use non-vinyl, archival-safe protectors to avoid damage to your photos and memorabilia.  You can choose either clear (shiny) or non-glare protectors.  Both offer advantages: clear protectors bring out the true and vivid colors in your layouts while non-glare protectors are easier on the eye.  Albums usually include 10-12 page protectors with the purchase.  Because different albums use different page protectors you would be wise to stockpile the specific page protectors the fit albums you add to regularly.

For detailed information on page protectors and the albums they fit into see the e-Book: A Scrapbooker’s Guide: Scrapbook Planning and Cover Designs by Jill Davis

Click here to view all page protectors in the Scrapbook.com Superstore.

 

Cardstock  heavyweight textured or non-textured paper    

Why? Cardstock provides a sturdy layout foundation for your photographs, memorabilia, and embellishments.  It is versatile and affordable.  There are hundreds of colors available that make it possible to create beautiful color combinations in layouts.  Solid-color cardstock has a colored core. This means if the paper is torn, the color is the same on the inside as it is on the outside. 

What works:  Every scrapbooker will want a good supply of black, white, and kraft cardstock; they are used regularly in layouts. 

For all other colors, I suggest you begin scrapbooking with a moderate selection of hues (colors) until you get a feel for your own personal style and color preferences.  Most paper companies offer cardstock multi-packs.  These packs allow you to sample a variety of cardstock colors without paying a higher price for individual sheets.  Interestingly, the colors many Scrapbookers eventually adopt are not the colors that first grab their attention. Once your supply of a particular multi-pack color is depleted, you can restock with individual sheets of cardstock or purchase packs.

Tip:  Bazzill Basics Paper has a textured finish that is excellent for layouts.  The texture and weight can be a problem, though, if you are using the paper for printing purposes.  The lighter-weight Color Mates cardstocks have a smooth surface and are ideal for running through your printer. 

Click here to view all cardstock in the Scrapbook.com Superstore.

 

Patterned Paper lightweight paper with solid printed color or patterns and/or shapes

Why? Patterned paper adds more color, movement and theme support to your layouts.

What works:  As long as the paper is acid-free, anything that suits your style will work.  For layout stability, always use a piece of cardstock behind your patterned papers to create a strong foundation. If you are using a “strap hinged” album, you won’t need card stock for stability, but you may want to still use it for color.  If using patterned paper as your entire background for photos and memorabilia, choose subtle colors and patterns so they don’t overpower your photos. An option for bright and bold patterns is to use them in lesser amounts in layer strips, photo mats or borders.  Then your photos, and not the patterned paper, will be the focal point of your layout.  Printed, solid colored cardstocks usually have a white core that was covered with ink at the time of printing.  This cardstock, when torn, has the white core showing though at the tear line. This torn edge adds another layer of contrast and definition to a layout or card.   Companies that specialize in patterned papers often make kits from their coordinating paper lines.  These kits can include one of each patterned and solid paper, sticker alphabets, printed die-cut shapes and images.  Coordinating ribbons, fibers, buttons, brads, etc. are sold separately.

Jill’s Favorite - BasicGrey assortment patterned-paper packs for advanced beginners (these kits include easy-to-work-with grunge/distressed-style solids and equally-distressed patterns for unique layout and embellishing possibilities –coordinating embellishments sold separately)  

Other Top Picks (assortment paper packs ideal for anyone new to scrapbooking):

SEI Assortment Packs

Fancy Pants Paper Kits

Echo Park Kits

Doodlebug themed kits

K&Company kits

Click here to view all individual sheets of patterned paper in the Scrapbook.com Superstore.

 

Adhesives   

Why? When properly used, adhesives hold everything in place for a very long time.

What works: Adhesives are available in double-sided tabs and tapes, liquids, and glue sticks. The type of adhesive you choose depends on what you are gluing and where you are gluing it.  Look for those that are acid-free, nontoxic, and free of strong odors. Also, read product labels to ensure they’re photo safe. It isn’t generally necessary to coat the entire back side of anything you glue to a layout.  Think less is more.  Just because tape adhesive comes out in a running strip doesn’t mean you have to put it all along a paper edge.  You can put a portion in each corner and some in the center, and it will stay in place just fine.  If however, the piece you are gluing is bulky and/or heavy, you may need more adhesive. 

Also, never put adhesive on the back of an original heirloom photo or snapshot.  These, will be difficult to remove without damaging, once glued to a layout.  See Photo Corners below for more information on how to preserve heirloom and one-of-a–kind photographs.

Because there are several types and styles of adhesives and dispensers I'll list my top picks of tapes, tabs, liquids, sticks, etc.  so you can see the product sand learn more about them from the descriptions and product reviews.  Note that some dispensers are disposable while others are refillable.

Scotch ATG Guns, large, high-performance applicator and tape

Mono-multi, liquid adhesive

UHU glue stick

Glue Dots (tiny, strong adhesive dots for ribbon, buttons, paper, etc.)

Zip Dry high-performance adhesive

Bargain Adhesive Packs

Vellum Adhesive – the best adhesive to use when attaching vellum to layouts

Click here to view all adhesives in the Scrapbook.com Superstore.

 

 

 

Adhesive Removers  

Why? When you put adhesives or rub-ons in the wrong place on your layout there are special glue erasers that can remove most of the unwanted substance from the paper surface. Liquid removers will eliminate adhesives and sticky residue from papers, scissors and punches. 

What works: Liquid removers work well on surfaces the eraser can’t so both varieties are ideal. 

Un-Du all-purpose, liquid adhesive remover

Click here to view all adhesive removers in the Scrapbook.com Superstore.

 

 

Paper Cutter/Trimmer    

Why? Almost as much as painters need paint, they need good paintbrushes for applications.  And so it is with scrapbookers and paper trimmers.  Scrapbookers use paper as their artistic medium making a paper cutter the most important tool in completing scrapbooking processes.

What works:  Precision and ease are two important factors when considering a good paper cutter.  Not all paper cutters are created equal.  Higher-end trimmers may be pricier but you’ll probably be happier with them because they are enduring, exact, and easy to use.  Note: There are four types of paper trimmers available.

1.      Rotary cutter – cutting is done with a circular disc located in a sliding mechanism.  The disc    
       makes it possible to cut forward or backward; some brands are self-sharpening. 

2.      Straight blade cutter – a single-sided blade encased in a sliding mechanism cuts in one direction.  

3.      Single-edge razor-blade trimmer - this cutting mechanism consists of an arm that holds your paper and houses the blade shuttle (the razor blade is latched safely inside).  The arm doesn’t cover up your cutting edge so you can see exactly where the razor blade will cut.  Blade cuts in one direction.

4.      Dual straight-blade cutter - mechanism is similar to the single-edged straight-blade cutter but the blade is two-sided so it can move forward or backward.

5.      Moveable-arm cutter or guillotine-style cutter (traditional paper cutter) - a long blade runs the
length of the cutting arm or handle and gives a clean cut. Some brands are self-sharpening.

Xacto Laser Paper Trimmer

Fiskars Paper Trimmers (bestsellers)

Making Memories 12x12 Trimmer

Click here to view all paper cutters and trimmers in the Scrapbook.com Superstore.

 

 

 

 

Scissors

Why? Scissors allow scrapbook artists to manipulate, transform, and incorporate papers, fibers, fabrics and ribbons into their layouts.

What works:  The following scissors cut nearly all materials: The Fiskars Scissors and the EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors.  These are fine-tipped, well-made, and make very precise cuts.  The Fiskars Microtip scissors have a spring action in the blades so they open back up after each cut which is helpful for crafters’ with carpal tunnel syndrome.  

Note: For those times you’ll be cutting adhesives and adhesive-backed papers you may want to consider one of these two specialty scissors; the EK Success Honey Bee or the Tim Holtz Non-Stick Scissors.  Both models are made to cut through sticky materials without adhesives attaching to the blades.  

       Click here to view all scissors in the Scrapbook.com Superstore.

  

Craft knife  

Why? A craft knife is an X-ACTO®-style cutting tool that is useful for intricate cutout work in die cuts, letters, punched pieces and paper piecing. 

What works:  Any razor-sharp craft knife.

Tim Holtz retractable cutting knife

Imaginisce Clicut; retractable

Fiskars fingertip craft knife; ergonomic and retractable

Martha Stewart Craft Knife Ergonomic, soft-grip handle Beveled tip for safe, secure grip

Click here to view all craft knives in the Scrapbook.com Superstore.   

 

Self-healing cutting mat   

Why? A self-healing cutting mat protects your tabletop from any sharp object such as a craft knife blade, paper piercer or eyelet setter.  

What works:  There are other high performance mats on the market as well.

We R Memory Keepers Magnetic Mat (includes a metal ruler, and enormous 20" x 16" mat).

Martha Stewart Crafts Cutting Mat folds for portability.

Kaisercraft Cutting Mat; self healing, reversible. 

Click here to view all craft mats in the Scrapbook.com Superstore

  

Rulers  

Why? Never underestimate this timesaving tool of precision. Rulers help you measure accurately and help you make clean, straight lines.

What works:  A nice metal, straightedge ruler is perfect for most scrapbooking tasks.  Also consider a ruler that has a centering feature and holes for stitch placement.  A centering ruler has the traditional 1”to 12” marks but also has a “0” mark at the 6” point of the ruler which provides fast and efficient centering of your projects. Rulers are usually included in cutting mat system or kits or can be sold seperately.

Tim Holtz versatile and clear Designer Ruler

Click here to view all rulers in the Scrapbook.com Superstore. 

 

White plastic eraser  

Why? A white plastic eraser’s non-abrasive material will remove lead pencil, some colored pencil, and chalk from your projects without affecting the rest of your artwork.

What works: Both the block- and pen-style erasers work.  The barrel of the pen-style version keeps the majority of the eraser clean. 

Click here to view all erasers in the Scrapbook.com Superstore.

 

Fonts 

Why? For beginners and advanced scrapbookers, font CDs and downloadable fonts make it easy to add eye-catching titles and journaling text to your layouts. If you don’t particularly like your handwriting, you’ll love what these “essentials” can do for you. Using handwriting on some layouts is ideal for historical purposes (I love to see the handwriting of my family members who have departed—I can hear their voices once again in my memory).  When you need to get a story onto a layout, handwriting or hand printing may not be the best way to utilize space.  For me, it works to type the story in a readable font and format it to fit into the layout space.  To find free fonts online, try FreeFonts.com, DaFont.com, ScrapVillage.com and ScrapbookingFonts.com.

What works: Any font that you like that is easy to read.   

Click here to get an idea of downloadable fonts available for scrapbookers.

  

Black Ink Pens

Why? Black pens are foundational tools that will transfer the artistic designs in your head to layout creations on the page.  Use them to draw letters, journal, or add pen-work (doodling) to layout pieces. 

What works: Because black pens cover a wide range of artistic purposes, it is better to invest in various tip sizes for different (thin to thick) tasks.  The EK Success ZIG Memory System Pens and American Crafts Precision Pens are quality pens.   They contain pigment ink that is acid-free, archival-quality, lightfast, waterproof, non-bleeding, and quick-to-dry.

If you are planning on buying just one pen to begin with, I recommend the black ZIG Twin Tip Writer.  It has two tips in one pen, a fine tip (.5mm) and bullet tip (1.2mm)-- perfect for a variety of lettering styles. 

If you want more tip sizes, Sakura Pen Sets are a wonderful investment. Color AND Black sets available. These will cover your basic scrapbooking needs. 

Also avilalbe as another option: American Crafts Precision Black Pens, five tips sizes.

 

Specialty Pens

Why? You’ll need pens for touch-up on photos that take the red out of human eyes and yellow out of pets’ eyes.  You’ll also want a pen that tests the pH presence in your supplies (the ink turns a different color when a small mark is made on acidic materials).  Also consider a pen with vanishing ink to make guidelines for writing on your layouts.  Some kits also come with a photo marker for writing on the back or front of photos.    

What works:  You could buy each pen separately or purchase a utility kit.   

Scrapbook Utility Pen Set includes a Photo Marker, Red-eye, Pet-eye, pH Tester, and Vanishing Ink Marker

 

Photo-safe Pen  

Why? A soft-tipped, photo-safe pen permits you to safely write information on the back (and front if you get creative in your lettering) of your photos.  The ink in this pen shouldn’t smear once dry.

What works:  Most photo-safe pens will do the job well. Check the pen barrel to make sure the ink is photo-safe, permanent, fade-proof /resistant, water-resistant, quick-drying and will not smear when dry.  

Ek Success Pens 

 

White Ink Pen

Why? You will sometimes need to write on dark, colored cardstock. 

What works:  There have been many white pens on the market, but one gets perfect scores from me:

Signo white ink pen

  

Colored Pens or Pencils

Why? Colored pens or pencils are an inexpensive way to alter the overall look and feel of your layout.  Scrapbookers can quickly add energy and distinction to any background, letter, stamped image, or clip-art image with an application of color. 

What works: A basic set of colored pens or pencils that coordinate with your favorite cardstock colors is all you need, at first. Try chalk pencils or watercolor pencils for a new look.

Colored pens:  The more you get into scrapbooking the more you will want colored pens for titles, journaling and doodling.  Before investing in a colored pen set of any particular tip style; first try a black pen in the style (calligraphy, brush, chisel, notched, etc.).  If you don’t like how one the line looks on your layout or don’t think you’ll use the pen very often, you won’t have to deal with buyer’s remorse.

Click here to see all pens and pencils in the Scrapbook.com Superstore.

  

 Photo corners  

Why? Photo corners hold your valuable photos for display without damaging, altering, or permanently affixing them to the layout.  They allow easy removal and are ideal for photo preservation.  You can find them in clear, black, gold, silver, white and colors.  Decorative photo corners are available and when judiciously used can add more pizzazz to layouts. 

Note: Some scrapbookers may argue that photo corners are not an essential tool in scrapbooking, because you can simply apply adhesive to the back of a photo for display.  My experience has been that using photo corners on non-digital photos saves time and avoids headaches and heartaches.   

Think about the long-term effects of adhering photos directly to your layout, especially if the photos are one-of-a-kind.  If you ever need a scrapbooked photo separated from a layout, and it’s permanently affixed, you’ve got a problem.  You will either spend time, money and effort (or all three) scanning the layout and cropping the photo on the computer or color copying the photo on the layout so you can cut it out.  If you try to remove it, you risk damage to the photo and the layout.   If you don’t mind your photos being permanently adhered to your layouts use adhesive but please keep some photo corners on hand for heirloom or irreplaceable photos.

Tip:  If the look of basic photo corners isn’t appealing to you; think creatively and hide them.  An easy way to hide photo corners is to place a photo mat over them (slipping the photo into the corners from the backside). Or cover them with self-cut decorative photo corners or paper strips.  People won’t know they’re there.

What works: Any manufactured photo corner that’s acid-free on photo corners you make yourself.  I prefer clear photo corner because the don't cover up the photo in any way.  It's also easy to add a self-made photo corner over them if desired.

3L Scrapbook Adhesive Photo Corners

Click here to view all photo corners in the Scrapbook.com Superstore.

 

Stapler and Staples  

Why? Staples can be used to attach paper, ribbon, titles, strips, layers, etc. to you’re your backgrounds.

What works:  Any office-supply stapler and staples.  You can find colored staples that are fun and interesting to see and use on layouts too.  There are also larger staplers and decorative staple bars that are perfect for scrapbooks and cards. 

Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher stapler, refills available

Click here to view all staplers in the Scrapbook.com Superstore.

 

Paper Punch/Hole Punch

Why? To punch holes in tags, borders, tabs, etc. for decoration and for tying them to your layouts. 

What works:  A standard hole punch from an office-supply store works fine.  Later, you may what to purchase a tool or tools that punch different sizes of holes.  Following are some options for punching holes.   

Making Memories Tool Kit – includes a tool that you you tap with a hammer to make holes

Martha Stewart Punches and Ek Success Brand Punches; high quality, bestsellers

We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile I, II, Big Bite, Highly-rated - 5 Stars, quiet punch action for paper and even thin metals

 

Tote

Why? You will need a convenient place to keep all of your essential supplies.  If you attend crops, you will need a tote on wheels.  Every seasoned scrapbooker that I polled said they wished they had started with a large tote because they grew out of several smaller ones before ending up with a large tote anyway.

What works:   Any style and color you like.  See links below.

Crop-In-Style Totes, The affordable “Mother of All Totes” brand

Mackinac Moon Totes, stylish and functional for all your basic portable needs.

Click here to view all totes in the Scrapbook.com Superstore.

 

 

 


The “Upgrades”

  

Every personalized “essentials” list will have additional materials or “upgrades” depending on the unique style of the individual.  The items on this “Upgrades” list might end up being “Essential” for you.  The more you learn about scrapbooking, the more personalized your tool and supply list will be.   These “Upgrades” will speed up the scrapbooking process and also help you turn your layouts into works of art. 

Brayer

Why? The adhesive from a glue-stick needs even pressure to join papers together and a brayer is the tool that can do this. Brayers are also great for rolling large swaths of ink onto paper or over stencils.  Wrap the roller with clear plastic wrap, bubble wrap or rubber bands to help get unique effects with ink on paper.

What works:  A brayer with an easy-to-grip handle and a roller release (for cleaning).  

Speedball Brayer

 

Embellishments

Why? Embellishments are to layouts like accessories are to clothing.  They can add interest, texture, depth/dimension, color, sparkle, definition or flow. Ultimately, embellishments make your photo(s) stand out. Embellishing can be done simply with pieces of cardstock or patterned paper torn, inked or crumpled.  More detailed embellishing can be done with the following embellishments:  

What works:   Brads, eyelets, ribbon, string, fibers, paint, inks, stamped images, chipboard letters and shapes, stickers, die cuts (papers cut into shapes and images), wire, rhinestones or rub-ons (a sticker like image made from a material that can be transferred to your layout by rubbing it with a hard tool).  Additionally, think about creatively using buttons, charms, beads, chain, mesh, fabric, machine stitching, designs and letters drawn in with pen, fonts and images from the computer, layered paper (sticker-like) images, tags in all varieties, silk and paper flowers.  You might like metal frames, shaped paper clips, watch crystals, bottle caps (old and new), playing cards,  chalk, puzzle pieces, coins, plastic washers, binder clips, photo anchors, photo tabs, sequins, felt, shaped cut outs (punchies) that come out of punches, jump rings (for jewelry making), glazes, gesso, spray paint, etc.  You can see that this list could go on and on.  Layout samples showing how embellishments were used for embellishing can be seen in the Scrapbook.com gallery by category, in store displays, magazines, books.  You can also be inspired by observing ways everyday items are used outside of the scrapbooking world.

Click Here to search all Embellishments in the Scrapbook.com Superstore.

 

 

Specialty papers and cardstock

Why? Specialty papers add texture, glitz and/or softness to layouts.  One of the specialty papers I like is vellum because this  translucent parchment paper can be printed on or layered over layout elements.  Special tapes and glues are available to use with vellum that make glued spots less noticeable. Attaching vellum to a layout with brads, eyelets or staples, however, alleviates visible glued spots entirely.       

What works:  Any archival-safe version of the products listed above and the following:   

Grafix vellum

The complete collection of Bazzill Bling cardstock

Bazzill Cardstock with an Edge

Tools

Why? There are specific tools designed for specific jobs in scrapbooking and paper crafting.  The more you learn about techniques and the more proficient and advanced you become, the more you’ll understand what tools work for each technique or project.  For instance, you would need a heat embossing gun, embossing powder and acrylic or rubber stamps if you want to heat emboss an image or letters onto a layout or card.  If you want to hand stitch on a layout, you need a ruler/tool to get holes aligned, a paper piercer to make the holes, a mat to stop the piercer from poking holes in your table or desk top, floss and a needle.  Beginners often purchase a basic tool kit so all of their tools are in one place and they can begin experimenting with how each tool works with their projects.  Manufacturers often make sets of matching tools with designer carrying cases. 

What works: Any tool kit that has some or most of the following: a hammer, eyelet setter, anywhere hole punches, self-healing cutting mat, craft knife, paper piercer (awl), stylus (embosser) and needles.

Making Memories Tool Set

Click here to see a complete selection of tools (sort by manufacturer using navigation in the left column)

Tip:  To protect your table or desk top from the sharp tips of paper piercers, you will need to work on a cork board or mouse pad.

 

Bone Folder, Scoring Tool and/or Embosser

Why? If you want to be able to have sharp, crisp folds in cardstock a bone folder and embossing tool are essential.

What works: Any bone folder and stylus/embosser will work.

Martha Stewart Scoring Supplies

Scor-Pal Supplies

Crafter's Companion Scoring and Embossing Tools and Supplies

  

Craft Mat or Craft Sheet

Why? It makes sense to protect your craft table and desk top and a craft mat is the solution.  Nothing sticks to or penetrates a craft mat surface! The slick, non-porous material withstands high temperatures and repels liquids. It’s perfect for use when stamping, embossing, ironing, painting, even baking, or when using a Ranger’s Melting Pot. It resists embossing powders, inks, candle wax, soap chips, paint, and hot glue.  Even solder won’t penetrate or distort the smooth-as-glass finish. Any excess melted product, once cooled, can be easily peeled off. Clean-up is quick and easy, so the mat/sheet can be used again and again. 

What works: Any craft mat or craft sheet does the job. 

Ranger Ink Reusable Non-stick Craft Sheet

Bazzill Splat Mat

Click here to see all Craft Mats and Sheets

  

Distressing Tools and Supplies

Why? Distressing is the art of turning something new into something that looks aged, weathered and/or distressed. Distressing is done with files, sandpaper, steel wool, special hammers, inking, tearing, crumpling, wrinkling, rubbing, etc.  Some projects just need a little help to “look their age” and the right tools and supplies make the process easier for scrapbookers and cardmakers. 

What works:  Any tool (sandpaper, file, hammer, scraper, distressing inks, etc.) that will alter the look of paper will do.  

Making Memories Distressing Kit 

Click here for other Distressing Tools

Click here to search through Tim Holtz 'Distress' Items in the Scrapbook.com Superstore. (Tim is the guru of distressing tools and supplies) 

Alphabet and Image Stamps

Why? Clear acrylic stamps (vs. rubber stamps) help you easily see where you will be placing theme-related words and images on your layouts. 

What works:  Any alphabet or image you like. I rarely add people or animal images to my layouts because I want the viewer’s attention to be drawn to the photos.  But mixing or not mixing animated images with the “real” people or animals in photos is a personal preference.  If you purchase clear stamps, you will also need an acrylic block to attach them to for stamping. 

Click here to see all Clear Acrylic Stamps in the Scrapbook.com Superstore.

Click here to find helpful stamping accessories (grids, pads, blocks, cleaners and more)

 

Stamp Pads

Why? You’ll need a non-messy way to get ink onto your stamps and paper edges. 

What works: Stamp pads can be filled with water-based ink, chalk ink, clear ink (to make the image a shade or two darker than the paper being stamped) or permanent inks.  If you desire the images on a layout to last for many years and not fade, you’ll want to get a stamp pad filled with acid-free, fade-resistant ink.

Click here to see all stamp pads available in the Scrapbook.com store.

 

Chipboard, Sticker and Rub-on Alphabets and Shapes

Why?  Chipboard is an extra thick cardboard (not generally acid-free) that can be painted and/or decorated to match the paper and elements in a layout.  The beauty of chipboard is that letters and shapes often come in colors, metallics and patterns that match paper lines. Rub-ons are a thin-film letter, design or shape that can be transferred (by rubbing) from the backing sheet to anywhere on a layout. 

What works: Any style, size and color that works with your creation.  The Grafix brand of card is acid-free as stated on their packaging.  If you don't want acid embellishing on your layouts Grafix is the brand for you. 

Grafix chipboard sheets

Scrapbook.com chipboard (non acid-free) in bulk (20 sheets)

  

Corner Rounder(s)

Why? There will be times you’ll want the softness and style curved corners give on photos, mats and background layers. 

What works: Any corner rounder.

EK Success Paper Shapers Corner Rounder

Fiskars Twist and Flip Corner Rounder

We R Memory Keepers Corner Chompers

  

Binding Machine, optional

Why? When you can’t find and album in the size and shape you need, you’ll be able to make your own using a binding machine, wire bindings and chipboard covers.   

What works:

 Zutter Bind-it-All System

We R Memory Keepers Cinch

Unibind System

 

Computer, Scanner and Printer

Why? You will use your computer to store digital photo files, print titles and journaling or do digital scrapbooking.  You might also want to scan your layouts to share on the Web.  

What works: Whatever equipment works with your budget and lifestyle. This is a fast-changing area. Research the internet and the forums at Scrapbook.com to find out the latest and greatest in technology. 

  

Storage/Organization Containers

Why? Whether you scrapbook from a tote or want to set up a room, you’ll need storage and organizational options.   

What works: Paper trays or holders for cardstock and patterned paper, desktop carousels for tools, drawers and bins for embellishments, etc.  Basically, figure out how much room you have and how you want to organize you supplies. Then start researching. 

FREE 27 Lesson Class: Get Organized by Jill Davis, founder of Scrapbook.com

To see real scrapbooking rooms, visit the Scrapspace section of the Scrapbook.com Gallery.

To see storage and organizational products and options in the Scrapbook.com store click here

To learn more about organizational and storage options, read The Scrapbooker’s Guide: How  
         to Organize your Tools and Workspace, by Jill Davis, Scrapbook.com Founder.

 

LEARN MORE about Scrapbook Related Topics

Why?  Only you can be the judge of how much information you want or need.  

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