Hi Everyone! Ready for our next visit? Today’s topic deals with beginning traditional style scrapbooking. Obviously, before you begin, there are certain supplies you have to have. Here is my list….
- White Cardstock (12″x12″). Why white? You need a neutral color and white is light and goes with about anything. Depending on your pictures, it can be used for your foundation; or, as a mat for your pictures. (Black or a neutral color assortment would be my second choice.) White Cardstock is $6.00 for a package of 12 sheets. A neutral color assortment is $10.00 for a package of 20 sheets.
Color Assortment Cardstock (12″x12″). We have five color assortments to choose from: regals, brights, and subtles; and, two in-color packs. You want color to make your pages interesting and to complement your pictures, bringing out the color in them. Color sets the tone for your page. It can also make your pictures pop. You can use these for the foundation, picture mats, and title strips. Color assortment packs are $10.00 for a package of 20 sheets.
12″x 12″ Page Protectors. These protect your finished pages; and, give you a way to put them in your album, without punching holes in your hard work! A package is $7.00 for 12 pages.
Snail Adhesive. Used to attach paper layers, title strips, mats, pictures, etc to your page. They are $7.00 each. You will also want to purchase a refill, $4.50 each.
Paper Snips. You will need a way to cut your cardstock and pictures if you don’t have a cutter. These are also great for fine detail; or, cutting out shapes and designs. $10.00.
Journaling Pens. How can you share the story behind the pictures, or who is in the picture, if you don’t do at least some basic journaling? I also like to add dates and locations. $5.00 for a set of two, each different widths.
So, just what can you do with only the above supplies? Here are some examples (ignore the one or two accessories and you will get the idea).
This is one of my favorite scrapbook pages. I love the way the colors enhance the mood of the picture! The simplicity adds to the story. More is not always better. I made this over a decade ago. The electricity was out and my Father was studying by candlelight. The journaling was done on my computer. The only accessory used was a corner punch.
This is another page I did years and years ago that is a favorite. It really doesn’t need the stamped car in the left corner or the blue brads. The yellow reminds me of a road zigzagging through the page. Don’t be afraid to play with cutting pictures down. They don’t have to be kept in perfect circles, squares, etc.
You don’t have to have punches or a Big Shot to add things to your page. For this, I drew a flower and cut out two for the rosette. I drew around something to make the circle. Then I cut the “V” in three strips to make the ribbon part. Pens make great stitching marks. I used silver ribbon around the white mat; but, could have used glitter paper as a frame, if it had been around then.
I hope this helps you to see that you can make some really cute pages with very little by way of supplies. For about $50.00 you can get started scrapbooking with the above supplies.
However, if you have more money to spend; or, are ready to go to the next step, I would definitely look at the Stampin’ Trimmer for $30.00. Another item I would get is the adhesive remover for $3.50. It is great for getting rid of adhesive when you get it where you don’t want it. I would probably also get a color assortment pack of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock, $7.00. It is cheaper than 12″ x 12″, great for mats or other shapes and designs. This size cardstock can also be bought in individual colors. Once you have these things you can start purchasing accessories, ribbons, punches, etc. One last note: I would suggest not starting out with pattern paper. For the most part, it is a little trickier to work with. Here is one last page that can be done with no accessories…
I hope this has given you an incentive to try scrapbooking; and, if you already scrapbook, to try some pages without lots of accessories. I would love to see some of your creations.
Until our next visit, Happy Stampin’ and Scrappin’! Paula