Essential Tools Every Scrapbooker Should Own

The Necessary Supplies That Every Scrapbooker Should Have on Hand

Are you a creative person that loves to reminisce by looking at old photographs? Do you have the desire to preserve your memories for the next generation? Do you want to have a hobby that gives you a creative outlet while having fun and socializing with like-minded people? Then scrapbooking might be for you

People have been preserving memories since the 15th century, but it didn’t catch on as a major industry until the 1980’s. Scrapbooking companies today, have many beautiful products available...MORE which will help you make stunning layouts.

You don’t have to be artistic to create beautiful scrapbook layouts. You just need some basic tools, and a desire to save your most treasured memories.You will be amazed how easy it is to make beautiful scrapbook albums even if you can’t draw a straight line.

Check out the essential tools listed below that you will help you get started.


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    12 x 12 Patterned Papers and Solid Colored Cardstock

    three women scrapbooking
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    Most scrapbookers use 12-inch x 12-inch sheets of acid and lignin free paper to construct their basic layouts. This type of paper doesn’t fade or turn yellow and will be able to stand the test of time. Every major hobby store chain has an excellent variety of scrapbook papers in stock.

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    Photo Corner Mounts

    Photo Corners

    Photo corner mounts are used to attach photographs to the layout page. Just fit the corners onto the paper background area of choice and slide the photos in place. Make sure that the photo corners used are acid-free, archival and photo safe.

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    Scrapbooking Albums and Page Inserts

    Scrapbook Album

    Albums are used to save scrapbook pages. Most scrapbook albums come in standard 12-inch x 12-inch page sizes and require  12-inch x 12-inch plastic page protectors.

    These days Smash books, and Pocket Scrapbooking are also popular. You may want to try them as an alternative to traditional scrapbook layouts.

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    Acid Free Glue

    Acid Free Glue

    Acid-free glues are designed specifically for scrapbooks. They do not wrinkle the paper or yellow with time.Acid-free glues set clear and provide excellent adhesion to thicker papers. Don't make the mistake of using cheap adhesives if you want your scrapping treasures to last a long, long time.

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    Paper Trimmer

    Paper Trimmer

    A paper trimmer is a must-have for the serious scrapbooker.Paper trimmers can cut 12-inch x 12-inch sized paper into straight lines. You get precise cuts with a trimmer, and they are so much easier and faster than using a pencil, ruler, scissors or craft knife. If a scrapbooker buys only one tool, this is probably the most important.

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    Archival Pens for Journaling

    Archival Journaling Pens

    Many people find the act of journaling their memories onto a scrapbook layout to be therapeutic. They say it helps them to deal with painful or difficult times in their lives.  Archival quality pens should be used for scrapbook journaling because they have inks that will not fade.

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    Personal Die Cut Machines

    Manual die cut machine

    Die cut machines can be either electronic or manual. These devices will cut out paper shapes that accessorize scrapbook layouts. Most die cutters also offer paper embossing features. If you find that you love scrapbooking, you might want to consider buying a digital die cutter. There is a higher learning curve, but digital cutters offer so many crafting options that they are worth it.


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    Die Cut Templates

    paper craft dies

    Die cut machines require plates which are sold separately.  Digital die cutters use electronic files with digital die cutting software.

    Many electronic files for free on the internet, but even cutting files that have to be paid for are usually quite inexpensive.

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    Heat Embossing Tools

    heat embossing tool

    Many people like to use embossing powders with their scrapbook layouts. Embossing powders need a heat embossing tool to work.This tool will set the powder and give the project a beautiful raised "embossed" look.

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    Rubber Stamps and Inking Pads

    rubber stamps

    What would scrapbooking be without rubber stamps and inking pads? The variety and quality of rubber stamps available are astounding. Rubber stamps are easy to use and add a professional edge to any scrapbook layout.Ink pads are available in a variety of colors, for use with rubber stamps.

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    Eyelette Setters

    eyelette setters

    Eyelets setters are a necessity for ribbon, string or lace used in layouts. These tools will punch holes into paper for eyelet placement. Eyelets strengthen holes sot that ribbons etc.can be placed into the layout without damaging holes.

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    Brads are useful to use with eyelets. Brads are small wire nails that have distinctive heads and are used to add fun decorations to layouts or to hold papers together.

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    Ribbons add a splash of color and texture to any design. Ribbons also add a touch of femininity and nostalgia to vintage layouts. Craft stores sell ribbons in many types and varieties.