What Do You Need to Get Started On Scrapbooking?

Last Updated: May 4, 2022

Scrapbooking is a fun and creative way to preserve your memories and tell your story. Whether you are just getting started with scrapbooking or looking to add some new supplies to your collection, there are a few essentials that every scrapbooker needs.

Altenew scrapbooking craft supplies on a blue surface

Scrapbooking Essentials

How to Start a Scrapbook

First, start with an empty album or an empty sketch pad where you can easily compose your pages. Simply stick your pictures and scrapbooking supplies on the pages. You can also start from scratch and create an album using paper, a hole punch, and some thread or binder rings. Whichever way you choose, you will need a good selection of scrapbooking supplies. This can include things like paper, scissors, glue, and embellishments. You can find a scrapbooking supply list here that will surely help you create special scrapbook pages for your memoirs! 

20 Scrapbooking Supplies You Need to Get Started

Scrapbooking Paper

Paper is a versatile scrapbook material that will always be on any crafter’s scrapbooking supply list. You can use cardstock for creating pages or covers for your scrapbook albums. Cardstock can add depth and texture to your scrapbooking projects. You can use different types of cardstock like gradient, glitter, and solid-colored. Patterned paper is also a great item to add to your scrapbooking kit. You can also cut the patterns from the paper to use as embellishments.

Altenew colorful paper crafting, card making, and scrapbooking paper supplies

Colorful Scrapbooking Paper

This patterned paper bundle has 120 sheets for all your scrapbooking projects. You will have plenty of designs to choose from, giving you endless creative possibilities! 

Scrapbooking Frames

Adding frames to your pictures is a great idea. There are ready-made frames for scrapbooking that simplify the process. These can be die-cut frames made from cardstock, wood veneer, foam, etc. A great thing about scrapbooking frames is that they can be used to add focus to any element on your scrapbook page aside from the photos. 

Altenew scrapbook journal page of photo of a man and infant child with green motifs

Scrapbook Frame as a Page Focus

Wood veneer frames are also excellent scrapbook craft supplies! You can frame a photo or flat trinket inside and cover the frame with a transparent plastic sheet to preserve the item. This wood veneer frame pack has plenty of options for your DIY scrapbook albums. 

Scrapbooking Adhesives

There are many options for adhesives that you can use in scrapbooking. Glue will always be a staple for any crafter and scrapbooker. This can be your regular PVA glue, glue tape, double-sided tape, or even adhesive sheets. You can also use foam tape to add more depth and pop up elements like photos and frames.

Altenew Washi Tapes o different patterns, sizes, and designs sprawled on a blue surface

A Variety of Beautiful Washi Tapes

Washi tapes are decorative adhesives that can be used to create artistic scrapbook pages. These fun and colorful scrapbooking supplies can be used as frames, borders, or backgrounds. 

Scrapbooking Embellishments

Unleash your creativity with scrapbooking embellishments! You can DIY embellishments through die-cutting or use ready-made ones. 

One of the most popular embellishments is stickers.These can be made from wood, cardstock, foam, chipboard, and more. Stickers come in endless designs, from alphabets and florals to frames and animals. Enamel dots and sequins are subtle but elegant scrapbooking embellishments that you can strategically place on your scrapbook pages for a more sophisticated look. Enamel pins, epoxy buttons, and adhesive wood veneers, on the other hand, are great if you like the extra texture and depth.

Altenew different kinds of scrapbooking embellishments like epoxy buttons, stickers, and frames

Scrapbooking Embellishments

Our sticker collection offers you unlimited design compositions. You can also use individual stickers as cute adhesives or if you’re running low on washi tape. These are definitely a must-have on everyone’s scrapbooking supply list.

Optional Scrapbooking Supplies

If you like to DIY your scrapbook craft supplies, a die cutting machine and a couple of die sets will come in handy in your craft room. A crafting mat will help keep your work space or desk safe from cuts, glue, or ink splatters. 

Altenew DIY scrapbooking embellishments

DIY Die Cut Embellishments

This die cutting machine is a great tool to keep in your craft room. You can do many other things with a die-cutting machine that will come in handy in scrapbooking, like embossing and debossing. So make sure to include it in your scrapbook craft supplies.

Coloring Materials

Last but not least, you will need coloring and writing materials for scrapbooking! A nice set of alcohol artist markers and fine liner pens will do the trick. If you are into coloring, you can even use inks and watercolors!

Altenew scrapbook page with background design colored with alcohol artist markers

Scrapbook Page with Washi Tape and Alcohol Markers

This artist marker bundle includes unique colors to help make your scrapbook pages pop! These are dual-tipped alcohol markers that are vibrant, rich, and easy to blend.

Scrapbooking Kits and Bundles

When you’re just getting started with scrapbooking, a kit is a handy thing to have. Most scrapbooking kits and bundles will include most of the scrapbooking supplies listed above. If you choose to get a kit, all you’ll need are your photos and creativity to start scrapbooking!

Let Your Imagination Flow Through Scrapbooking

If you’re looking for a creative outlet that allows you to be as imaginative and creative as possible, scrapbooking is the perfect hobby! You can start by gathering some of the scrapbooking supplies mentioned here. The rest is up to your imagination. Before you know it, you will have pages of beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.

You can visit our All About Crafting page for ideas and inspiration to get you started on your scrapbooking journey!

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