Creating scrapbook layouts is a great way to unwind, relax and be creative. If you are new to making scrapbook albums then it is important to have the basic scrapbooking tools to get you started.
Going into scrapbook stores and asking the owner what you need could prove expensive, as you will soon find yourself parting with your hard earned cash for scrapbooking tools you probably don’t need or will ever use.
However there are some basic scrapbooking tools you will need if you are going to start making exciting scrapbook layouts. Below, I have put together a list and explanation of some of the scrapbooking tools you will need and use on a daily basis.
Craft scissors or fancy edges scissors – These scissors are a wonderful tool to use when creating scrapbook layouts. They come in a variety of designs and can be used to create fancy boarders and edges with paper.
Craft punches – Craft punches can be used to create embellishments as well as decorative edges to paper projects. Punches come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes and can be purchased with ease from any scrapbook stores. It is wise to keep your craft punches sharp to ensure a clean crisp cut. You can sharpen your punches by occasionally punching through foil and if you have difficulty applying enough pressure to pierce through the paper you may also need to purchase a punch aid
Tweezers – Tweezers a great for lifting and holding small and delicate items such as beads or gems. You can also use your tweezers to apply embellishments to your page layouts. These are essential scrapbooking tools.
Glue – To attach any material to your scrapbook layout will require some form of glue. There are different types of glue for different materials such as sticky dots, glue sticks, silicone, glue pens, double sided tape and spray glue. Always ensure the glue is acid free before using it on your scrapbook pages. You should always make sure you have enough glue in your craft supplies.
Decorative materials – To jazz up any page you will need some form of decorative materials and tools such as, pencils, chalks, embossing powders, glitter, peel off scrapbooking stickers, ready made embellishments and of course different types paper.
Scrapbook Albums – You will need scrapbook albums to store all your finished pages in. Scrapbook albums come in a huge range of themes and colors to suit any occasion. You can also purchase refill pages to your scrapbook albums if you run out of space.
If you are making your first page layout then try to keep things simple. Have a look on the internet and get some ideas by looking at other peoples scrapbook pages.
Once you have finished your first page I guarantee you will have the bug to create more and once you are more confident you can then invest in more intermediate products to use on your scrapbook pages.