Archive for September, 2009

Scrapbooking- should I convert to 12×12?

niffer posts:

Okay, so I have been buying the 20 dollar scrapbooking kits at walmart because I like the binder- it is just a 3 ring binder- and it comes with paper and stuff. But, when I want to buy paper at the craft store they really only carry 12×12. They have some 8 1/2 x11 but not much.

So, here is what is stopping me. There are only postbound albums. I have only had one, but it seemed like the pages were hard to open, they wouldnt lay flat.

What works well? WHat have you tried?

ps- I am not really into this. I do holidays and vacations and such. I make about 50 pages a year. I am not super into embellishments and such.

Choosing Scrapbooking Supplies

Barbara Kirby posts:

Croppers worldwide know that one of the best parts of this creative and useful hobby is the fun of shopping for scrapbooking supplies. Deciding between elegantly designed journaling paper and fancy cut scissors is part of what makes each scrapbook an expression of the woman who made it.

If, however, your budget dictates that you must choose between the thousands of supplies offered, here are some suggestions on which materials will best suit your needs.

Supplies to Suit Your Style

Scrapbooking supplies tend to fall into one of three categories: organizers, tools and decorations. At some point, you will need all of these. I recommend that you make one purchase from each group, or alternate your purchases accordingly. Yes, you may be tempted to spend most of your resources on the beautifully printed paper kits, or richly colored pens, but if you don’t have adhesive tape, or your photos get wrinkled before you get to them, all those fun tools and decorations will go to waste.

Organizing Your Hobby

Organizing systems for scrapbookers have come a long way since that shoe box you used to keep stuffed in the closet. Your choices range from simple boxes with labeled dividers, to sleeves for negatives and CDs, to software for your digital photos. Remember, the key here is preservation. Which option will best protect your memories before they go into your scrapbook?

Specially designed cases for toting all your supplies are also available. If you have ever struggled with a tote bag overflowing with scissors, markers and photos, this may have your name on it! With pullout handles and wheels, these mobile devices make cropping with friends possible and enjoyable.

Of course, the photo album itself is the ultimate storage system. The possibilities that exist are endless. I recommend using albums with removable pages, so that you can reorganize or add as needed. You can also choose among colors and designs, materials, picture windows, albums made especially for events like weddings and new babies, smaller portable albums and those designed for gift giving. Now, you just need the proper tools to put that perfect album together.

The Right Tool for the Right Job

While scissors and tape may not have you drooling over the scrapbooking supplies catalog, you can’t do the job without them. A good adhesive tape and applicator will make creating your pages effortless. Scissors, as it turns out, can be pretty exciting after all. Along with your basic straight pair, fancy edged scissors can add just the right touch to your photos or paper choices.

Cutters and trimmers will also allow you to crop photos to the perfect size, round corners, and create ovals, hearts and oblongs. Shape-makers are great tools for decorating. Like giant hole-punchers they allow you to add stars, splashes, hexagons, or any shape desirable to your page. And any cropper will tell you, decorating is where your true genius and inspiration come into play.


Let your imagination run wild! With paper kits, vellum accents and phrases, pretty colored markers and stickers for every occasion under the sun, the sky is truly the limit. If you are unsure, try using a pre-arranged kit where the color and theme are coordinated for you. A handwritten note on any page describing the events can easily be accented with dots or swirls. Play with the possibilities. Having a few appropriate materials on hand will spark your creativity, and lead you to create a piece of personal history that is truly unique.

Tools for Success

With organized and protected photographs, the proper tools, and a touch of flair, you will have everything you need to preserve the memories you cherish. Enjoy your masterpiece!

Beginner Tips For Buying Scrapbooking Supplies

Elizabeth Stewart posts:

If you were amazed by other scrapbooks you’ve seen, learn that you can make your own scrapbook. So, if you are interested in making your own personal scrapbook, start looking for shops and buy some supplies. However, many would surely find themselves totally amazed and lost when looking at all those products that are used for scrapbooking. But make sure that you buy exactly what you need, some usually buy more products than they actually need and find themselves spending a lot of money on scrapbooking supplies. So make a list and stick to it when you go and buy products.

This article will provide some tips that will help you when you need to buy scrapbook supplies.

Album- you have to know the size and the color theme of your album before going to buy it. Planning ahead will definitely help you when searching for your album as you won’t need to look for all sizes; all you need to do is focus on your chosen size. You have to make sure that there is enough space on your album to make designs and artwork. However, if you want a little elegant album it’s up to you but make sure that you decide upon the type of album. Beginners are advised to start with a definite size because it is easier to manage.

Refilling your album- A good idea is to include album page refills at the time you buy the album you need. You don’t have standard sizes for albums refills so it is best to buy in the same time when you buy your album. Grab more than you need to avoid looking for the same size after you finish them; sometimes the same manufacturer is not available anymore, or you don’t find the same color theme you used.

Using Adhesive- There are various types of adhesive you can use, but not all will match your album. The types of adhesive on the market are: Glue Dots, Mod Podge, Triple Thick, EZ, 3D Dots, or Xyron. These are the good brands of adhesive that will match you album; if you use these you won’t risk damaging your scrapbook.

You will need another pair of scissor for your scrapbooks because they need to be kept sharp of you want to do a good job.

Papers are very important because they are the body of the whole scrapbook. You can choose colored papers or you can establish a color for your sheets that will match your color theme.

Avoid using acid markers because they might damage things with the chemical reactions they usually have with paper.

Don’t spend money on useless things before making sure that you have all the basic needs satisfied.