What to Buy for Your First Scrapbook

                Consider this a continuation of my last post on the essentials of scrapbooking. When you buy a scrapbook, you are investing in yourself and in your hobby. You will need to get other supplies. My list for your scrapbook supplies previously included the album of your choosing, patterned paper, cardstocks, adhesives and page protectors. However, there are still so many materials that we can cover just for beginner scrapbooking! So before you buy a scrapbook Singapore, take a look into the rest of the essentials to scrapbooking for beginners. We are going to cover a lot of ground here, but don’t worry. It is all fairly simple, so don’t feel too overwhelmed.

Scrapbooking Essentials

                For a quick refresher, let’s talk about the original essentials we discussed in my last post. You can buy a scrapbook album in three styles: post-bound, 3-ring binder and strap-hinge. It is all a matter of preference. You need page protectors to keep your photos and layouts safe from fingerprints, spills and more. Cardstock allows you to add color and durability to your foundation. Patterned paper can support your theme while adding movement and color. Adhesives are vital as they allow you to adhere your photos, memorabilia and embellishments to the layout. Alright! Let’s talk about the rest of the essentials.

                Adhesive removers are good to have in case you accidentally attach your photos or glues to the wrong place of the layout. These removers are erasers that remove adhesives from the surface. Liquid removers work for sticky residue from punches, papers and scissors. Liquid removers are great for surfaces that don’t work with the eraser, so it’s ideal to have both. I know that these removers have saved my layouts and photographs a number of times since I started scrapbooking.

                Paper trimmers are one of the most important tools that we can have as scrappers. They allow us to work precisely and easily with paper. There are many different paper cutters out there, and they are not all the same. Higher quality cutters are a bit higher in price, but they are long-lasting, easy to use and precise. You can get a rotary cutter, which is a circular disc kind of like a pizza cutter. The disc is kept in a sliding mechanism, and you can use it to go forward and backward. A single blade cutter is inside a sliding mechanism that allows you to cut in one direction. A single-edge razor blade trimmer is pretty neat. It has an arm to hold your paper and contains the blade inside to keep you safe. It cuts in a single direction. The dual straight blade cutter is similar to the aforementioned single-edged, however it can go forward and backward. Finally, there is a traditional paper cutter. This consists of a lengthy blade that runs along the handle and provides a clean cut.

                You will need to have a quality pair of scissors. Scissors are vital, ensuring that you can easily transform and manipulate papers, fabrics, fibers and ribbons for your layouts. You can use fine-tipped scissors, such as EK Success Cutter Bee, to make precise incisions. You may want specialty scissors to cut through adhesives and papers that have adhesives on the back. Specialty scissors won’t allow the adhesive to cling to the blades.

                Craft knives are kind of like X-ACTO style tools that allow you to make intricately cut die cuts, paper piecing, letters and punched pieces. You can use any craft knife, as long as it is razor sharp. In addition, a self-healing cutting mat would be wise as it can defend your workspace from the sharp objects. You can choose from a wide range of high performance mats.

                You will need to have a ruler to ensure that you are precise and can make straight, clean lines. A good rule typically has a metal straightedge with a centering feature and hole for placement. Pick up a white plastic eraser to remove pencil, chalk and colored pencil without causing harm to your work. I keep a pen-style eraser in my collection at all times, but that is mostly because they are easier to use and keep clean.

                Pick up a few different types of pens. Black ink pens are ideal for foundation work, such as drawing letters, doodling and journaling. Aim to have a small collection of varying sized tips. They should have ink that is archival, acid-free, water-proof, dries quickly, non-bleeding and lightfast. In addition, you might need to get specialty pens. There are special pens that test pH levels, have vanishing ink and photo markers that allow you to touch up photo safely.

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