The Materials You Need to Start Your Scrapbook

                There are a wide variety of scrapbook material out there to choose from, and it may seem difficult to decide just what you do and do not need to have. I divided each list into the ‘essentials’ list and then the ‘upgrades’, which are things you can get as you develop your skills and need more scrapbook material. All of these are available at my favorite store ever, where you can find scrapbook material Singapore at much lower prices than at most physical or online stores. You can avoid purchasing things that you don’t need for getting started, allowing you to save money and space. Let’s get started!

The Essential Scrapbook Materials

                Of course, you are going to need to pick up an album to store your layouts safely inside. There are many options to choose from in terms of size and binding style. You can pick a 8.5x11 or 12x2, or smaller albums that are ideal for gifts. You can choose 3-ring binder albums, post-bound albums or strap-hinge ones. These are all excellent and viable options for scrapbooking, and it comes down to a matter of preference. You can find these in different colors, as well as covers and materials. You may prefer leather bound, fabric or other types of bounds.

                Page protectors are vital in ensuring that your scrapbook remains safe. Without them, photos become smudged, pages can tear and spills can ruin everything you’ve worked hard for. Luckily, you can get a bunch of page protector for really cheap. Typically, the 12x12 and 8.5x11 can house 35 page protectors with completed pages. Those who prefer to use thick layers and embellishments will be able to fit fewer into the books. There are clear protectors, as well as non-glare, which offer advantages of their own. Clear enhances the color of your layout and non-glare is easy to look at. When you buy albums, there are usually a few already in there, typically 10-12. Be sure to have the page protectors that fit the albums you add to frequently.

                Cardstock can be textured or not, but is always heavyweight. The heavyweight paper is necessary to create a sturdy base for memorabilia, photos and embellishments. Not only is it cheap, but it is highly versatile with a wide range of colors to choose from. You can get solid-colors that perfectly suit your layouts. Since this type of paper has a colored core, you don’t have to fret if the paper tears as it will have the same color as the outer part of the paper. You should have a supply of white, black and kraft cardstocks, as well as a moderate number of other colors. As you determine your personal style, you’ll find that you use some colors more than others. You can always pick up a cardstock multipack, which contains a number of different colors at a fraction of the price of buying individually.

                Patterned paper is lightweight, typically with solid colors with prints, patterns or shapes. These are meant to add color, theme and movement to your layout. You should pick paper that is acid-free and suited to your themes or styles. You can use cardstock underneath the paper for a strong base, though you won’t need to if you are using strap-hinged albums. If patterned paper is your go-to for background creation, be sure to pick out subtle patterns and colors that won’t overpower the page. Bright and bold patterns work great in smaller amounts as borders, layer strips and photo mats. Your aim is to make the photos the main subject, not the background or patterns.

                Never forget the importance of adhesives! These should be quality and used properly to ensure that your items and photos remain where you adhered them for a long time to come. You can get double sided tape, liquid glue, regular tape, glue sticks, glue dots and so many other adhesives. You choose the kind you use based on what you’re gluing and what you’re gluing to. Choose acid-free, odor-free and non-toxic ones, plus check the label to be sure they are safe to be used on pictures. Remember that less is more: you don’t have to coat the back of everything you want to use. Aim to put just a bit in each corner and the center to affix it. Bulkier pieces may need to have more adhesive on it of course. I cannot stress this enough: do not put adhesive on original photos or snapshots. Use photo corners to preserve these photographs.

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