Scrapbooking has become an all time favorite hobby for millions of people! What started out with just the basic supplies of decorative paper, stickers and borders, has grown into a wide range of scrapbooking supplies! Supplies can be purchased at craft/hobby stores, retail stores, hobby shows, or online, as well as found around your home. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, here are some supplies you’ll want to keep on hand.
• The basics. Keep a stock of: glue sticks, adhesive tabs, 2-way tape, transparent tape and scissors on hand.
• Paper. You’ll want a variety of paper: 12″x12″ themed paper, 8.5″x11″ themed and solid paper, cardstock, etc. Remember to keep your scraps as well; they come in handy!
• Albums/page inserts. It’s good to have a couple of plain albums that can be customized and several page inserts.
• Hole punchers. There are different types of hole punchers, such as seasonal, rounded corners or initials. Whether you’re making a card, a scrapbook page or a photo frame, the hole punchers come in handy.
• Rubber stamps. Some people enjoy adding a design to their scrapbooking craft with rubber stamps. Stamp options are endless and the ink color choices are plentiful.
• Stencils. Stenciling adds a fun element to scrapbooking. You can stencil borders, names, frames, etc.
• Stickers. There are all sorts of stickers…clear, diecut, dimensional, embossed, glitter, etc. Because stickers are small and can be time consuming to sort through, use an inexpensive photo album that has self-adhesive pages to store your stickers. Simply place similar stickers on an album sheet and place the plastic over it. You’ll be able to search for a sticker quickly and it won’t be bent.
• Color markers and pens. Keep a good supply of markers and pens on hand. For most projects, you’ll want permanent markers or pens with a fine tip.
• Paper cutter. A paper cutter is a great tool to keep on hand. Whether you’re trimming a picture, cutting a sheet of paper in half, etc., a paper cutter gives you a good sharp edge.
• Decorative items. You can never have too many little items on hand…buttons, ribbons, rose petals, glitter, sequins, beads, foil accents, prepackaged embellishments, etc. Empty spice jars or baby food jars make great containers for these small items.
• Borders. Keep a good supply of borders on hand. These can be put in the back of the album containing your stickers.
As much as possible, you’ll want to keep your scrapbooking supplies organized. Thankfully there are containers you can purchase that are designed to store paper, glue, hole punchers, etc. If possible, designate an area of a room for your supplies. If you’re able to have easy access to your crafts, you’re a lot more apt to use them.
Benni Jenyfari is a freelance writer who provides informative, detailed articles and reviews for a number of websites including the Australian Craft Directory. Read why Scrapbooking has become one of the top ten crafts of today and what supplies you need to keep on hand.