Are you considering taking up scrapbooking as a hobby, but have no idea where to start your journey?

Browsing through the supplies at a scrapbooking store can be overwhelming as you stare at thousands of options.

With so many items to choose from, it's easy to purchase supplies you may not need or use.

As a beginner, it’s important to make a list of the basic foundational scrapbooking items, which can help you avoid wasting time and money.

Believe it or not, millions of people are into scrapbooking because it’s extremely enjoyable and therapeutic.

Just ask anyone who creates scrapbooks.

If you’d like to make beautiful scrapbooks to capture memories that you could share with others without buying items you don’t need, continue reading this article.


When selecting an album, consider the size and theme you want to achieve.

A definite size would help you plan the overall look of your scrapbook, while the theme would help you choose the style of album you need.

Pick a large album if you plan on creating an elaborate decoration because this will provide you with adequate space to accommodate your design ambitions.

As a beginner, you may want to consider a smaller album to get some practice.

This allows you to improve your scrapbooking skills without spending a lot of money.

Besides, smaller albums are more manageable.

You can always create a more elaborate design as you advance through practice.

Album Refill

You may want to include album page refills the moment you buy yours.

This is because refills do not have standard sizes and there’s a chance you may not find the size that matches your album in the future.

The smart thing to do is purchase several packs of album page refills.

Prior to purchasing your album, confirm whether refills are available.

When possible, pick refills created by the album manufacturer, as this will ensure compatibility.


There are several types of adhesives and brands to choose from.

Pick one or two that match the exact need of your scrapbook.

A few brands you should consider are Glue Dots, Mod Podge, Triple Thick, EZ, 3D Dots, and Xyron.

A Pair of Scissors

Your scrapbooking hobby isn’t complete without a good sharp pair of scissors.

When you get into your rhythm, you will be cutting up a storm as you create your masterpiece.

Sharp scissors allow you to cut with precision, which produces a more polished scrapbook.


The large variety of paper styles and vivid colors provides the raw materials that allow you to create a beautiful scrapbook.

You’re only limited by your imagination.

The key is to make sure the colors you pick match your album’s theme.

I recommend dropping by a scrapbooking store and looking at the different styles of paper to get a feel for what you’d like to include in your album.

You also get to touch and feel the texture of the variety of paper.

Journal Pens

If you plan on making scrapbooking a serious hobby, adding journal pens is a must for your creative tool chest.

Here are three types to consider:

  • Permanent Markers
  • Fine Tip
  • Acid-Free

Acid-free pens are a must because they will keep your album clean and free from chemical reactions that would cause the pictures and the album to deteriorate.

Acrylic Paint

If you’re not completely satisfied with the results from colored pens and album paper, consider adding some acrylic paint to your design.

Acrylic paint can make your scrapbook pages more vibrant.

Remember, you want your album to capture the eyes of the people you show it to.

Rubber Stamps

Like with journal pens and acrylic paints, rubber stamps could add additional color and style to your scrapbook.

Fortunately, rubber stamps come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles.


To free yourself from cutting or writing texts onto your scrapbook, rub-ons are

nice alternatives.

These decorative stickers can really add some pizzazz to the overall look of your scrapbook.

Die Cut Machine

A die-cut machine is a must if you want to make perfect cuts of different shapes using materials such as thick paper and fabrics.

Scrapbooking Kit

Staying organized will help you to become a better scrapbooker while enjoying the process.

You’ll be able to complete your projects faster and avoid buying items you already have in your scrapbooking kit.


Scrapbooking is like any other hobby where you must go through a learning process to master it.

There’s no going around the fact that most hobbies require an investment in tools to participate.

And scrapbooking is no different.

If you’re on the fence about taking up scrapbooking as a hobby like millions of other people, give it a test run for at least 30 to 60 days before drawing your conclusion.

I’m willing to bet that once you get into scrapbooking, you’ll fall in love with it.

It’s the perfect pastime that helps eliminate stress and allows you to be creative.

The list of scrapbooking supplies that you learned about today is enough to get you started.

Consider investing in more expensive supplies as your skill levels progress.

Now that you know what to buy get started on your scrapbooking journey.

There’s only one thing left to do…

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