In the last ten years, scrapbooking has taken off and shot to a completely new level. A scrapbook is no longer just receipts with postcards and pictures of your travels. Scrapbooking has flowered and blossomed into an art form complete with pictures, journaling, patterned paper and a whole host of embellishments. Even though it is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of scrapbooking, all it takes are just a few basic tools to get started.
The first essential tool for scrapbooking is an album. Albums come in a wide range of styles and sizes. One of the most popular sizes is the 12 by 12 album because most patterned paper and cardstock are 12 by 12. Usually the cost of an album will run between $5 and $10 depending on the brand and if it is on sale.
A good trimmer is a definite essential and should be in every scrap room. You can try to cut paper with scissors but it is hard to cut a straight line with scissors plus a trimmer is more time efficient. One little zip and you are done! A trimmer not only cuts but it can also score which means instead of cutting the paper, it leaves a fold mark in the paper.
Adhesive is another essential of scrapbooking. No scrapbook can be completed without some form of adhesive. There are many different types of adhesives available and what you use is up to your personal preference. Some scrappers like the adhesive dots on a roll, each side is sticky and you place the dots on the paper in strategic areas to glue the paper together. The double sided dispenser tape is probably the easiest to dispense and use. No matter what type of adhesive you use make sure it is acid free and safe to use in your scrapbook.
Of course, you also need patterned paper and cardstock to make a scrapbook page. Shopping for paper is fun and addicting! There are patterned papers for all occasions from weddings to graduations. If you are just getting started in scrapbooking, shop for the album that you are planning to scrap so that you do not get overwhelmed.
While embellishments are not an essential tool for scrapbooking, they do add to the look of the scrapbook pages and give them a polished look. There are many different types of embellishments such as stickers, rub ons, glittery rhinestones, brads, and eyelets just to name a few.
Creating a scrapbook is a satisfying journey from the first page to the last. There is no right or wrong way to scrap. Everyone has their own scrapping style and you will soon discover what you like or don’t like. Let your creative side come out and play!