Before the advent of digital photo books, there were albums – and scrapbooking is still a highly personal way to artistically capture your favorite memories. And even though scrapbooking has been around for a very long time, your kids may be getting a lot more interested lately.
I mean, if Poppy from Trolls makes scrapbooks, why shouldn’t they? Whether you’re preparing an annual album or creating single-topic albums in honor of special events, creating a beautiful album is easier if you start with the right tools and materials.
Choosing the right tools often means looking for items that are labeled archival quality and acid-free, which means they won’t fade or corrupt your photos over time.
Some scrapbookers like to work from templates or themed kits (and you can certainly find tons of stickers and embellishments if you go to your favorite craft store!), but this buying guide is meant to introduce you to the basics a scrapbooker should have stored in his or her closet.
MCS Fashion Fabric Scrapbook Album
Scrapbooking albums are available in a variety of sizes, but the standard working size for beginners is 12″ x 12″.
Available in nine solid colors, including neutrals, pastels, and light options, this cloth-covered album measures 12.5″ x 13.5″ and fits 12″ x 12″ pages.
Package includes 12 top-loading vinyl page protectors with acid-free white inserts. The album is a post-bound album, which means that you screw the pages together instead of cutting them out as you would with a D-ring album.
12 x 12-inch Cloth D-Ring Album by American Crafts
Once you have created your scrapbooking pages, the plastic page protectors keep the layouts as you load them into your album.
These 12″ x 12″ top-loading page protectors are acid-free and archival quality and are suitable for D-ring and post-Bound albums.
The pack of two contains 20 sheets of clear page protectors. Customers call them “the best page protectors” and also appreciate the price.
Colorbok 68126B Mega Paper Pad
Solid colored card stock is a great base for any scrapbooking project, and you can complement it with patterned paper and decorations for any project you do.
This 12″ x 12″ card stock package contains 10 basic colors, each in one color on both sides. The paper is acid and lignin-free, which means that the acids in the wood pulp have been removed and the paper should last for over 200 years.
EK Tools Precision Scissors, Small
Every scrapbook beginner should have a wide, straight pair of scissors. Although you probably already have a large pair of scissors in your house, a small pair of straight-edged scissors is necessary for scrapbooking projects (and if you really get into scrapbooking, you can also add decorative-edged scissors to your collection).
These five-inch scissors have a small tip for cutting details on paper, vellum, and photos, with a non-stick surface for cutting tape or other sticky materials. They work for right- or left-handed people. They are extremely sharp and good for difficult projects.
Aleene’s Always Ready Turbo “Tacky” Glue
Acid-free glue is indispensable for assembling your paper layers, photos, and decorations into your final project.
This adhesive glue adheres quickly and permanently, so you don’t have to hold the pieces together as they dry. It dries clearly and bonds not only paper but also wood, foam, fabric, and other materials.
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Scrapbook Adhesives
Although some projects require glue, many scrapbookers prefer adhesive strips on a roll, especially for gluing sticky photos to sticky photos (and better than sticky corners, which some scrapbookers find tedious).
This refillable tape dispenser precisely deploys small white acid-free adhesive squares of archival quality. The glue then adheres permanently.