Sunday, July 17, 2016

10 Most important supplies for new scrapbookers

As I mentioned/promised in my first post, there will be scrapbooking posts on this blog. Scrapbooking is a huge part of my life and one of my passions. I am by no means a professional, in fact, I am relatively new. I scrapbooked in middle school but then lost it for years and recently picked it up again in January 2016. Now, I try to make a layout at least once a week and have gone back and scraped everything from my Freshman year of college as well as kept up with my sophomore year. I am a part of a lovely scrapbook group on Facebook hosted by the lovely women who run the Scrap Gals Podcast and continue to inspire me everyday. This community is invaluable to me as a beginner and I've learned so much by just being a member.

 So today, I thought I would do my first full scrapbook post and tell you all about the top 10 products that I, as a new scrapbooker, couldn't live without or love using:

  • An album
    • Obviously, you need somewhere to put these amazing layouts that you're about to make. My first album was a 12 x 12 album with clear page protectors. Many people prefer 8.5 x 11 binders with page protectors or mini album sizes including, 8 x 8 & 6 x 8

  • Pattern Paper
    • For the background/foundation of a layout. I recommend getting a book of paper for your first album to help you build your stash. You normally get 48 pages with 24 different patterns or colors.
  • Adhesive 
    • Tape. Glue. Tape runner. Whatever you prefer. 
  • Pens/markers
    • For journaling - writing down memories to go along with the picture is so important. You wouldn't want a picture that you don't remember taking without a note about what it is or when it was from
  • Stickers
    • Personal choice, but for me, a must! I love decorating pages with stickers. Both decorative and alphabet stickers. Alphabet stickers are also great for journaling on a page or for making the title. 
  • Washi Tape
    • For decoration. I find Washi adds a rustic/hand made look to the layout and I love using it as a border for photos or to hold down journaling cards or embellishments. Or, just as strips across a page. There is so much you can do with Washi! I recommend looking on youtube or Pinterest for ideas for ways to use Washi.
  • Paper trimmer
    • I feel weird recommending this because I don't have one. Currently, I just use scissors and a ruler if I want the lines perfectly straight. But I will definitely be investing in a paper trimmer just for the convenience. 
  • Storage
    • Bags. Boxes. Fancy carts and chests and drawers and such. I currently use a tote bag featuring the name of my college on it. And I use a photo box from Michael's to hold my photos. I have a plastic storage container for my pens and tapes and a 8 pocket accordion file for my tickers. I plan of upgrading as soon as I have the money... and maybe the space...
  • Photos/memorabilia
    • Obviously. You need something to scrap. This doesn't mean you have to take a photo everyday (but if you do, the Collect photo app is really good for organizing memories). In fact, I plan on going back and scrapping my memories from High school. 2-6 years old photos and documents and items that I've kept in a box. Everyone has those boxes. I love printing photos and scrapping new memories, but I also love the nostalgia of scrapping past photos and memories. 
  • The desire to Scrapbook
    • Sorry. I know this is so cheesy and corny and I was going back and forth for a while about whether or not to include it. But, in all honesty, if you didn't have some of the above but you had the desire and inspiration to scrap, you'll want to do it more than you would want to just because you had a nice stash of pretty supplies. You have to love it to stick with it. 
There you have it. My top 10 scrapbooking necessities for beginning scrapbookers. I hope this list was helpful or inspiring to you in some way. If you scrapbook, let me know! What are your favorite supplies? What would you change on my list? If you don't scrapbook, perhaps give it a try if it sounds like something you like. 

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