Saturday, October 22, 2011

Basic Tools for Scrapbooking

You need a few basic items to Scrapbook.  A good pair of sharp scissors, a ruler, a craft knife with a fine tip blade, repositionable tape, a cutting mat (preferably with 1/8" lines) an archival safe pen, archival safe paper, archival safe page protectors, binder to put pages in (I like three ring notebooks as opposed to post binders), a good textured eraser, a micro fiber cloth (to wipe off fingerprints), stickers, and what you are scrapbooking.

It is important that all materials are archival safe (acid-free) or marked photo safe.  Why repositionable tape?  When you are starting out, this gives you the freedom to move things around without damaging the background page.  Here are some pictures of the basics:

Textured eraser which is good for removing adhesive when needed.
Micro fiber Cloth

eighth inch cutting mat (Mosaic Moments brand), 12" metal ruler with cork back, Repositionable tape (I like Dotto Brand)

My favorite scissors to use are an all metal pair of straight embroidery scissors.  This allows for nice clean cuts.  However, any sharp pair of fine tip scissors will do just fine.

Optional tools: Paper cutter (slide is better than chop), punches, decorative edge scissors, templates, die-cuts, rubber ink stamps (use with archival safe ink), glitter pens.

The reason you want a cork backed metal ruler is so it does not move on you when you are cutting along the edge.  You can use a rotary cutter (used in quilting) if you don't have a steady hand for the straight cuts.

Your paper should either be solid or a background that compliments the theme of what you are scrapbooking.  For example:  Pictures of a trip to the beach would look good on background papers of the ocean, sand, shells, etc, or solid colors like tans, blues, blue-greens.

Your pens should be picked the same way.  Just be sure they are archival safe.  Does no good to make all those wonderful comments to only have them fade away in a couple of years.

(An easy way to make your own glittery paper is to use decorative background paper and then highlight the edges with a glitter pen - but more about that later.)

Once you have the basic supplies, you need to organize your photos and other items you are going to scrapbook.  This is probably the hardest thing to do and the most time consuming.  But once it is done, you are ready to go.  Next up - how to organize your cool stuff.

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