New to Scrapbooking?

what is scrapbooking?

It's the art of capturing the memories of you, your friends and family.  Recording the big things and the small details of our daily lives.  In an age of digital camera's we often end up with our precious memories stored on a computer and more often, left there.  Older photo's can be found in shoe boxes, stuffed away in cupboards and under beds, never to see the light of day.  You may even have them stored in albums with a quick line to tell you the date and where it was taken.  

Have you ever looked through an old box of photo's and wondered what the story is behind them? Scrapbooking gets them off your computer, out of those boxes and into your lives, telling that story.

This is a hobby that can fit into any budget. 

what scrapbook supplies do I need?

Enthusiasm and a lack of fear!  Besides that a selection from a bewildering array of scrapbook papers and embellishments, photo's and a scrapbook album to keep your "layouts" stored safely in.  

Every scrapbooker needs a basic tool kit, and it should contain the following:

Paper trimmer - big enough to cut paper 12x12 inches 
Cutting mat - self healing is best
Craft knife
Adhesive - double sided tape is fine you don't need anything fancy if you are starting out.
A black pen - for writing your journaling
A white pen
Foam pads - to help add dimension to your pages. 

Page protectors, which can vary in sizes, and albums to keep all your work safe.


More about adhesives for scrapbooking:


Wet glue and scrapbooks don't go well together, so we use dry glue when constructing our pages.  

Dry glue comes in the form of double sided tape, tape runners, glue dots, micro dots and tape runners.  You can buy repositional and permanent tape runners.  

To add dimension to your pages you may want to use foam pads which are adhesive on both sides.



What other tools might you need to complete your scrapbook pages?

In addition to your basic tool kit, you may find this little lot useful as well.

Paper punches:  these can be single punches to cut out a design or shape, or border punches.
Hole punches:  look for a crop-a-dile rather than an office hole punch as you may only want to punch one hole.
Stamps: rubber or clear acrylic
Ink pads: essential if you have stamps, but buying small chalk ink pads are great to use to add definition on your pages by using them driectly on the paper.
Acrylic paints
Heat tool
Embossing powders 

Tell me about scrapbook papers...


Scrapbook papers and cardstock are acid and liginin free to help preserve your photographs.   Most paper are 12x12 inches in size as this is the standard scrapbook format.  You can also get papers in 8x8 and 6x6. Cardstock can also be found in 8.5 x 11 inches. 

Does size matter?

Most scrapbook paper is sold 12 x 12 inches, but you can also get it 8x8 inches and 6x6 inches. This does not mean that you have to start with a page that is 12x12.  It can feel like a huge space to fill when you're starting out.   

Look around for 8x6 page protectors and albums to store your layouts in (Layout is a finished page) if you're starting out.  It may be a less daunting size. Or if you don't have the money to buy a scrapbook album, then get yourself a normal office binder and some A4 pockets to go in it and make your pages A4 in size.  You can trim your papers and cardstock to size. 

Most layouts you will see in magazines will be 12x12. 

Then we have a world of mini books. Mini books can be any size you want, and for that matter any shape. You can buy blank books to cover and use, or you can make them from scratch, making covers from the backs of used up note pads or chipboard sheets and book rings.    

So, what'a "Project Life" style scrapbooking?


Project life is a brand from Becky Higgins, a US Scrapbooker.  Like most of us there is often a realisation that scrapbooking can take up a lot of your time, and can cause stress in striving for what you persieve as perfection in your work. 


This "pocket" style of scrapping involves using divided page protectors, mainly with combinations of 3x4 and 4x6 (your standard photo size!) You simply slip in your photo's and add journalling on cards.   A number of companies now have their own ranges of divided pocket pages (page protectors) along with 12x12 papers that are printed with 4x6 and 3x4 elements printed on them. All you need to do it cut them and slot them in.


Quick and simple scrapbooking. Possibly a little less daunting if you are just starting out, or have a mountain of project - holidays, children, weddings etc, that you want to get done quickly. 


You can of course still embellish your photo's and cards, mini scrapbook pages.