What Tools Do I Need To Get Started Scrapbooking
By Bryce Doster
A scrapbook can be made from almost anything! There is even a video that shows you how to use recycled beer cartons as the pages! Tools can range from ordinary paste to computer software. Tools for cutting your materials the way you want them are good to have on hand. Such as, scissors, exacto knife, or even those page trimmers you probably used in school. Something to punch holes comes in handy as it is common to bind pages, and attach items, with ribbon ties and such. That same video that demonstrates the use of beer cartons shows a tool she call her "crocodile". It is a hole puncher on steroids! Many consider a decent digital camera as a useful tool. Don't have that perfect picture to use? Maybe you can snap it and print it out.
Basically, all you need to get started is an album, some glue, a pair of scissors, and some photographs or newspaper clippings. Any ribbon, fabric, or bits of leftovers from various household uses can be used to enhance your scrapbook. You do not have to be a creative genius to produce a cherished keepsake. On the other hand, there is no limit to how creative you can be on a project! One way to look at your scrapbook is as a fancy frame or photo album.
A good beginner's toolbox might include a paper trimmer (12 inches should be fine), scissors capable of cutting whatever material you have chosen, adhesive, various archival pens. That, along with your materials should be a good start! The investment of a plastic bin or an empty toolbox to keep all your scrapbooking tools together in one place is worth considering!
As you get more experience with scrapbooking, you will find the need for many more tools and items. Mostly, these will be driven by what kind of materials you are cutting, hole-punching, etc. and/or you ideas for achieving a certain effect.
Find a craft store (or craft area of a larger store like Walmart) that has many of the materials and tools needed for scrapbooking. Many of these stores have trained employees who help beginners. Often classes are offered that are either free or require a minimal fee to attend.
A first project scrapbook does not have to be perfect. Or, to say that another way, if you are happy with the results then maybe it IS perfect! Enjoy. Have Fun. And, dare to dream of the next project. The wonderful thing about scrapbooking as a hobby is that it is cheap and easy to start, then you can go as far as you want from there!
Much more scrapbooking insights (and the mentioned video) can be found at