Getting Started – Basic Supplies

Scrapbooking is an easy hobby to start and does not have to be expensive. Only a few supplies are necessary to get started and always remember to purchase acid free products. Like with most things, as time goes on, you will find yourself collecting more and more supplies. If you go to a crop, the consultant will have all the basic tools for you to use as well as other supplies such as paper and stickers


There are a variety of styles and sizes out there. The most common sizes are either 8 12/ x 11, 12 x 12 or 8 x 8.  Albums can be purchased in a solid color or with a print on it.  For example, you may decide to do a Christmas album and look for an album that is a Christmas color or has a Christmas design on it.


You could start by purchasing pages to use and then put the pages in an album later.  If you purchase pages you may also want to invest in a storage box the size of your pages to keep them safe and protect them from any damage.

Scissor and trimmers:

Scissors or a trimmer is necessary to crop the pictures.  There is no need to buy expensive trimmers as they do the same job.  Trimmers come in different sizes.  Some are longer than others which allow you to crop larger pictures or cut larger pieces of paper.


You may find you don’t want to just trim pictures using a straight line.  Some pictures look better if they are cropped in a circle or oval.  In these situations you may want to invest in templates.  This is necessary if you crop at home.  When going to a crop the consultant will bring along templates for all guests to use.


Adhesives are used to attach photos to your page as well as embellishments and paper.  There are many types of adhesives such as glue, photo splits, glue sticks, glue dots or tape runners.  Everyone has their own preference on what type of adhesive they like.  Use whatever you feel comfortable with.

Pens and markers:

One of the most important parts of scrapbooking is journaling your pages.  A basic black pen is a good place to start, but as time goes on you will start to collect more colors.  You may want to use red and green for Christmas or orange and black for Halloween.  Other times you may want to use a different color to compliment the pictures or paper on your page.

Paper and stickers:

A wide variety of paper both plain or printed are available at local craft stores, drug stores and even the dollar stores.  The same is true with stickers.  When purchasing either check the label to ensure they are acid free to protect your photos.