As I mentioned in Step 2, knowing your theme will help focus on the supplies you need. When people first start scrapbooking (myself included), they can tend to go overboard and buy every tool, paper, and embellishment they see. However, with a basic tool checklist you can focus your dollars on purchasing good foundation items, and add all of the extras and bling later.
Other than your photos, here are some of the basic tools you will need to get started (including some of my personal recommendations):
A good paper trimmer is a must! A bad one will just end up making the job more difficult (trust me, I’ve been there!). If you are planning to work with 12×12 papers, you will need a trimmer than can cut at least 12 inches. You will want something that is easy to use, easy to see exactly where you are cutting, and easy to replace blades. (A sharp blade is important! Dull blades can end up tearing your paper.)
My favorite trimmer is the Fiskars Surecut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer. It has a swing-out arm that cuts up to 15”, a wire that shows you the cut-line, and a wide base with feet that stay put.
There are many different types of adhesives, but today we are going to talk about two different types: dry and wet.
Dry adhesive is great for cardstock, patterned papers, and large embellishments. Wet adhesive is good to have on hand for small embellishments, intricate die-cuts, and heavier items (such as metal frames, etc.).
Tombow (dry) adhesive is easy to use, smooth, and easy to refill.
Bonding Memories glue comes in both wide and pen tips. Choose the size you need, based on the size of the items you would like to attach. Both can be used to make a permanent or temporary bond.
A good pair of fine-tip scissors is a must! They make easy work of trimming paper and cardstock, great for cutting out stamped images, and the non-stick varieties won’t get gummed up when cutting adhesive.
A clear ruler is a good tool to have in your supplies. It will help you place embellishments evenly, line up titles or papers, and make cuts with a craft knife.
This ruler even has evenly-spaced guide holes, if you ever decide to try your hand at stitching on a page:
A nice pen is needed for hand-written journaling, and for adding decorative lines, dot, stitches, etc. I recommend finding one that is acid free and in a size you prefer.
This set of black ink includes sizes .01, .02, .03, .05, and .08. And the best part is, these are currently on sale in my CTMH shop (while supplies last)!
What tools would you add to this list?