Saturday, February 23, 2013

Scrapbooking Checklist

The more years I have been scrapbooking, the more I have realized that it's not about what tools you have as much as it is about the ways you share your memories.  I have one, no make that ten of everything. and my scrapbooks may be fancier today than they were 15 years ago, but I'm pretty sure the memories are archived just the same. Archiving your memories is the important part.  And well, having fun. :)

So I thought I would put together a list of the supplies I find helpful to scrapbook.

  • Photos
  • Memorabilia - tickets from the play, movie, train, airplane, national park, museum, certificates, awards, if it's part of the memory, save it and bring it along.
  • Paper trimmer.  I prefer Fiskars Compact trimmer because it's compact and it cuts 12 x 12 paper.  I can use this in an airport, without a table and probably underwater, though I haven't tried.
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned Paper
  • Black Archival Pen
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Adhesive - A TON (someday I will post about my adhesive issues)
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments - Stickers, flowers, ribbon, buttons, glitter, etc.
  • Printed Materials (Typed Journaling, notes from internet, tags, freebies, etc.)
  • A plan
So as a project manager, the last item is probably my hang up, but I find that if I have an idea on what I want to end up with, then I am much more successful with scrapbooking.

There are some added tools that can be fun to add to the "more than basic" kit.  I would recommend sharing with others for these items specially if you are just starting out.  From there you can pick your favorites and purchase the items you like without guilt.
  • Punches
  • Stamps and Stamp Pads
  • Paints (Sprays, Acryclic, Watercolors, etc)
  • Pens
  • Die cutters (do not buy these without trying several kinds first.  You want to get the one that will work best for you, not the one you saw on a commercial or show.  Trust me on this one)
 Funny story, I pretty much have it all.  Yes, way too much of everything, so right now I am on a scrapbooking supply diet.  I only buy what I:
  1. Have a plan for, and
  2. Am currently working on that plan.  
Laugh at me if you will, but if you see my scrapbook hoard, you will know why.

I hope this helps some others to start scrapbooking or maybe just prep for a crop.