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Basic Scrapbooking Information

Post by Admin on Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:03 am

Basic Equipment:

Album
Decide what size and shape your pages will be and buy an album they will fit into. The standard scrapbook page and album measure 30.5 x 30.5cm (12 x 12inch). Look for an album with photo safe page dividers.

Paper and Card
Begin with as big a variety as you can afford. If your budget is limited, plain coloured papers are more versatile. Be sure all paper is acid free (it will say so on the packet). Really safe paper or card may be referred to as 'archival'.

Embellishments
This covers almost anything, from anything, from charms and tags to shells and jewels. You will build up a collection as you go along. If you use things to decorate your pages that aren't especially supplied for scrapbook use, consider using pockets so you don't risk any damage to your page or your photographs.

Photograph corners or mounts
Photograph corners and double sided tape mounts offer alternative ways to attach your photographs. The little pieces of sticky tape produced especially for photographs are very simple to use. A word of warning - if your photograph is particularly old or valuable to you, do not use it in your scrapbook as it may get damaged. Instead make a copy of it - it's definitely better to be safe than sorry!

Eyelets, hole punch and an eyelet tool
Eyelets are very versatile and can be used as a practical way of attaching things to your page, or as decoration. They are available in a wide range of shapes and colours. A hole punch and eyelet tool set is an excellent investment.

Metal Ruler
This is a vital for cutting straight lines with a craft knife, tearing paper and measuring card for cutting.

Glue
You will find several types of glue. Glue sticks are great for most paper and card. But you will also find that double sided tape and PBasic Equipment:

Album
Decide what size and shape your pages will be and buy an album they will fit into. The standard scrapbook page and album measure 30.5 x 30.5cm (12 x 12inch). Look for an album with photo safe page dividers.

Paper and Card
Begin with as big a variety as you can afford. If your budget is limited, plain coloured papers are more versatile. Be sure all paper is acid free (it will say so on the packet). Really safe paper or card may be referred to as 'archival'.

Embellishments
This covers almost anything, from anything, from charms and tags to shells and jewels. You will build up a collection as you go along. If you use things to decorate your pages that aren't especially supplied for scrapbook use, consider using pockets so you don't risk any damage to your page or your photographs.

Photograph corners or mounts
Photograph corners and double sided tape mounts offer alternative ways to attach your photographs. The little pieces of sticky tape produced especially for photographs are very simple to use. A word of warning - if your photograph is particularly old or valuable to you, do not use it in your scrapbook as it may get damaged. Instead make a copy of it - it's definitely better to be safe than sorry!

Eyelets, hole punch and an eyelet tool
Eyelets are very versatile and can be used as a practical way of attaching things to your page, or as decoration. They are available in a wide range of shapes and colours. A hole punch and eyelet tool set is an excellent investment.

Metal Ruler
This is a vital for cutting straight lines with a craft knife, tearing paper and measuring card for cutting.

Glue
You will find several types of glue. Glue sticks are great for most paper and card. But you will also find that double sided tape and PVA adhesives are useful to give a stronger bond for attaching thicker card and embellishments.

Craft Knife
Craft knives are essential for cutting straight lines and shapes. The type with a retractable blade that can be broken off at the tip to give a new sharp edge is the best to look for. Choose one that feels secure and comfortable when you hold it.

Cutting Mat
A self healing cutting mat is the best surface to cut on with a craft knife. It will have grids on that help with measuring and cutting cards. Mats can be bought in a variety of sizes but an A3 size should be big enough for cardmaking or scrapbooking. Don't use your cutting mats as a surface for glueing on - it'll never be the same again!

Scissors
You'll find a small, sharp pair is the most useful as it will cut intricate shapes easily. A larger pair for cutting straight lines is also goo if you don't have a craft knife. Keep a special pair for cutting paper and an old pair for cutting other things, like sticky tape. VA adhesives are useful to give a stronger bond for attaching thicker card and embellishments.


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