In this day and age of social media and camera phones, memory-keeping has been reduced to digital photos, online albums, and social media posts. Although this is the norm, that doesn’t mean you can’t find other ways to express your creativity and do some memory-keeping in your own way.
Enter the wonderful world of scrapbooking! Scrapbooking can be simply defined as documenting special events and occasions in your life by combining photos, journaling, and squeezing some of your creative juices to create beautiful pages that will hold your precious memories forever.
Whereas everything is going “digital” these days, there’s still something wondrous about having a physical thing – especially one that you created and customized yourself.
So, are you thinking of creating your own scrapbook but don’t know where or how to start? Not sure where to get the best paper crafting supplies? Don’t know which scrapbooking supplies to get? We’ve got your back! Keep reading as we are going to share 5 must-have scrapbooking supplies for scrapbooking beginners like you!
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced scrapbooker, owning one or two scrapbook kits is important. A scrapbook kit is a collection of various paper crafting supplies that you can readily use on your scrapbook pages.
Most scrapbook kits include patterned papers, chipboard stickers, ephemera, die-cuts, enamel dots, alphabet stickers, epoxy buttons, stamp sets, and more. These kits usually have a “theme”; from traveling to florals to family.
Depending on which scrapbook kit you choose to purchase, you can mix and match the items in it to create different designs and layouts on your pages.
Patterned Paper Set
If a scrapbook kit doesn’t fit your budget or you’re simply not yet sure if you want to invest in one, then start small. One of the most basic scrapbooking supplies that you can get your hands on is a patterned paper set. A patterned paper varies in size.
It can be 6” x 6” or 12” x 12”. This is a set of colorful and patterned paper sheets that you can simply use as a background for your scrapbook pages. These paper sheets can also be trimmed to different sizes and shapes and adhered to your layout.
TIP! Choose a paper pack with patterns, colors, and designs that are somewhat “versatile” so you can use them on any scrapbook page or layout that you are working on, regardless of the theme, occasion, or design.
Embellishing your scrapbook pages is one of the most fun and exciting part of scrapbooking! Stickers, ephemera, epoxy buttons, wood veneers, cut files, enamel dots, sequins, stamps – everything that you use to add some beauty to your scrapbook page is an embellishment.
Scrapbook embellishments will help you customize your scrapbook pages according to its theme. These will also reflect your creativity and individuality. Think of these as sprinkles on a cupcake or cake decorations! By mixing and matching various embellishments, you can elevate the design of your scrapbook layout.
The good news is, most scrapbook embellishments have unique and versatile designs that you can use them on any kind of scrapbook page and year-round.
TIP! Make sure to decide the overall “look” or design of your scrapbook page before you start embellishing it. You don’t want to overdo it. We understand that it’s hard not to get carried away (especially with all the beautiful, shiny, and adorable embellishments out there), but you still want to create a neat layout with a well-balanced design.
Die-cuts or Cut Files
The easiest and quickest way to decorate your scrapbook pages is by using die-cuts or cut files. There is a wide range of die-cuts that are specially designed for scrapbooking – from florals and nature to words and phrases. Die-cuts are super easy to use – all you need is a good adhesive! Also, there are die-cut stickers available out there – perfect for quick and easy scrapbook embellishing.
Similarly, cut files (also known as digital cut files) are great investments when it comes to scrapbooking. You will surely reach for them again and again as most of them are FREE and downloadable online! Both die-cuts and cut files will be your go-to scrapbooking supplies for those quick scrapbook pages.
Alphabet Sticker Sheet
You might not realize it when you first start your scrapbooking journey but alphabet stickers are going to be your “best friend”. While most scrapbookers prefer to do some handwriting, lettering, or journaling on their scrapbook pages, it’s still good to have a few alphabet stickers on hand.
Moreover, creating a title for your scrapbook layout will be a piece of cake with alphabet stickers. TIP! Let your creativity shine! Mix and match letters from different alphabet sticker sheets to further personalize your scrapbook page!
Now that you are familiar with the 5 must-have scrapbooking supplies, make sure to invest time and effort in choosing products that fit your style and personality. Don’t be afraid to experiment! It’s going to take a few trial-and-error here and there before you find something that you’ll love, but we promise that it’s going to be worth it!