Have boxes filled with photographs and memorabilia? Scrapbooking is a great way to preserve memories and make them easy to share when they’re organized neatly on a shelf instead of stacked in storage containers. Where to begin? We can help!

❑ The Scrapper’s Shopping List:
Make sure you have the basics before starting out. Take this shopping list with you to your nearest craft store.

___ Primary Colors
___ Bright/Neon Colors
___ Classic
___ Muted
___ Pastel
___ Patterns
___ Vellum
___ Corrugated
___ Metallic
___ Specialty Packs
___ Embossed

___ Black felt-tip
___ Colorful gel rollers
___ Paint pens
___ Coloring pencils
___ Colorful felt-tips

Decorative Tools:
___ Scissors
___ Punches
___ Stamps
___ Shape cutters
___ Crimpers

___ Full Sheet
___ Varying Card Size
___ Punch outs

Page Toppers:
___ Pre-cut shapes
___ Die cuts
___ Handmade scraps
___ Stickers
___ Letter Shapes
___ Frames

___ Basic Shapes
___ Elaborate Shapes
___ Alphabet
___ Border Buddies
___ Journaling Genies
___ Puzzle Mates

❑ Templates:
Start with a template for your basic layout. Trace and cut out favorite templates on a variety of colors and layer. For added dimension, cut your template from a patterned paper. For a change, trace your favorite template with an acid-free pen and color it in or sponge paint it for a softer look. Add hand-drawn doodling for an added effect. Store your template between pieces of card stock to prevent tangling and mangling. Store in categories for easy access.

❑ Get Into It:
To avoid unnecessary trips to your local scrapbooking store, always take your photos with you for inspiration and correct purchases. Brush-up on your skills and make scrapper friends by taking a class, no matter what your skill level is. Do your homework before you get to class: gather and organize pictures and supplies before class starts.

❑ The Write Touch:
Choose a pen that meets all the prerequisites and will perform the way you want it to on your pages both now and later. Make sure your pen is: permanent, waterproof, fade-resistant, quick-drying, pigment ink, non-bleeding and non-toxic. Try some of my favorite acid-free pens:  Calligraphy Pens for grand titles and elegant captions
The Zig Writer available in 0.5mm for journaling and 1.2mm for borders, titles and captions
Fine and Chisel pen is available in all colors and can be used to create all lettering sizes
Scroll and Brush to create unique lettering in all types of styles
Paint Pens for use when felt pens won’t show up
Gel Pens great journaling pen
Coloring Pens are especially made for coloring
Colored Pencils – make sure to look for the acid-free variety packs

❑ Size Matters: Scrapbooks come in two sizes: 8 1/2 x 11 and 12 x 12. There are both advantages and disadvantages to using both. Select the size that works best for your needs.

8 1/2 x 11
Larger selections and varieties of decorative paper
Paper is cheaper
Books are readily available in an assortment of colors and designs
Smaller and therefore easier to transport
Smaller pages are sometimes easier to work with
Easy to rearrange pages

Holds fewer pictures and less information per page
Pages do not lie flush and are therefore not continuous
A wide variety of supplies can sometimes lead to spending more money

12 x 12
More pictures and information per page
Flush pages and continuous layouts
Book encourage organization since both front and backs of pages are used
Size creates a classic look

Albums and pages are generally rarer and therefore mo expensive
Pages are often challenging to move around
Smaller selection of decorative papers

❑ Feeling Punchy:
Punches come in all shapes, sizes and prices ($2.99 – $13.99) and can be a scrapper’s best friend. Don’t overlook them for fancier and more expensive alternatives. They are great for creating page borders and frames and to adding layered design for flair.

Types:  Basic: hearts, stars, circles and clouds
Silhouettes: cuts out the surrounding space, outlining the shape
Corner: cuts page corners
Border punches: thin cuts that create borders at the bottom of your pages

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