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How to Choose Scrapbooking Materials

It can be a bit overwhelming the first time you start a scrapbook from scratch if you've only ever used a scrapbooking kit or have never made one before. There are so many types of scrapbooking materials to pick from, it can be enough to stop you from starting a new project altogether! You don't have to let that stop you though, here's a few basics you'll need to know to start your first custom scrapbook.

Begin with the Basics

Before you start a solo (or free from kits) project try going through this simple checklist. It's easier to have everything ready before you start a project, that way you don't find yourself short on adhesive halfway through a project. Here's a basic list to take on your shopping trip to make sure you don't forget a thing.

  • Scrapbook
  • Refill pages
  • Embellishments
  • Adhesives, mounts
  • Craft scissors
  • Photos!

Choosing a Theme

First you need to decide what kind of scrapbook you want to create. Then you can choose a scrapbook album to match your theme! There are many cute and stylish covers with quotes or images that can be the perfect start to help celebrate a wedding or birth. On the other hand you can choose from many different types of non-themed albums to hold a variety of memories. Then you have the option to choose from different fabrics, sized binders and storage types. If you think you will want to expand the album in the future, you might want to look at a three ring binder. It'll give you the room to grow and to create pages with heavy or thick decorative scrapbooking materials.

Adding Accessories

One of the best parts of making a scrapbook is decorating and personalizing the pages. There are so many different ways to decorate your pages, an easy way to start is to pick out scrapbooking materials that fit your tastes and style. If you feel like artsy photos, craft scissors will be a must.

Once you have finished your project you'll have leftover pages and other embellishments. The best way to keep your scrapbooking materials safe and ready for your next project is to use a storage box. Then you will be ready for your next great project!

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