I'm new to scrapbooking, and I want to use some materials I have collected over the past few years before I buy materials from scrapbooking stores (paper cuts, buttons, lace etc).
After looking through the list of "essential things" that scrapbookers will need, I have a few questions to ask. It would be really nice if you could help me (:
1. Do I need to buy an album or can I use an ordinary journal/notebook?
I have tons(!) of notebooks at home, and so many of them are pretty and unused. I would like to try scrapbooking on one of these notebooks before embarking on real scrapbook albums. Scrapbook materials are quite expensive where I come from, so I want to make use of what is at home before purchasing anything outside.
2. Do I need to use special adhesive or can I use normal double sided tape/patterned sticky tape?
After reading "20 secrets every scrapbooker should know", I am not sure about the adhesives. Is it a must to use special adhesive commonly sold at scrapbooking stores or can I simply use double sided tape that can be found in stationery stores? Will it affect my photos/memorabilia in the long run?
3. What type of pens can I use?
I have plenty of black-ink pens and colourful permanent markers that I've been using for my projects. Can I use these to scrapbook? I am well aware that the pens I use must be acid-free.
4. Space matters
I will be moving in the future and I am wondering, must there be a "permanent" space in my home for me to scrapbook and place all my scrapbooking material? Currently, I have organised my stuff and I have two boxes: "Scrapbook" - for all the memorabilia I can use and "Scrapbook material" - for all the materials I can use (ribbons, lace, buttons etc). I have seen the scrapbook totes (which I find totally useful, by the way!) on this website and I'm thinking of purchasing one. However, will this affect my scrapbooking workspace?
5. Choice of memorabilia
Over the years, I found myself collecting items that I thought, "Oh! I can scrapbook this in the future" but never got round to doing it. I recently organised all these things and I'm wondering if there is any hard and fast rules about memorabilia in scrapbooking. If its a chain that I want to stick on, can I can simply place the chain with double sided tape? Do I need a special adhesive? Or will is be better if I scanned the chain, print the image and paste it onto the scrapbook? This is the same for buttons/felt/lace.
Well, that's all I have to ask for now. Thank you in advance for your answers. I'm looking forward to all the useful advice you can give me. (: