With so many arts and craft stores, hobby stores and bookstores now offering from entire scrapbook making kits to magazines dedicated to the art of scrapbook making and displays of completed scrapbooks, it is so hard not to be encouraged to join the bandwagon and take up scrapbook making as a hobby of your own.  Until you begin to start looking at the prices of each of the materials being suggested by the clerk that you will need to begin your scrapbook making hobby. 


Even ready-to-us scrapbook making kits that would have all the basic things that you will need to begin your first scrapbook do not come in cheap.  In fact, many beginners to the art of scrapbook making tend to be not only overwhelmed by the prices, but the amount of materials that can be used that oftentimes they do not know which ones to buy.


What Tools Are Needed For Scrapbooking

If you are just starting on scrapbook making, you only need a few basic tools and materials to start your first scrapbook project.  These basic tools and materials include a strong album where you will store all the scrapbook pages that you have created, a few sheets of colored paper to paste your photographs and decorations on (template pages that would have areas where you can paste your photographs on would work best for beginners), glue, a pair of scissors, some colorful markers to write down details about the photographs and any mementos that you will also include in your scrapbook. 



Just make sure that all the materials that you will be buying for your first scrapbook are acid-free and lignin-free.  This is very important because acid and lignin materials and photographs do not go well with each other.


If you use these kinds of materials, it would cause the photographs that you will be using to fade away more quickly and reducing its quality.  Remember, the main purpose for creating a scrapbook is to be able to preserve your memories.  Using materials that would actually speed the process of their deterioration completely defeats this purpose.


Scrapbooking Supplies For Beginners

Do not get tempted with buying a lot of fancy materials and supplies unless you know that you will be using this on your scrapbook project.  This is often the mistake of many beginners.  With so many materials and supplies to choose from, beginners eagerly try to get their hands on each and every single tools and materials like a kid in a candy store.  Oftentimes, you would need all of these materials and tools no matter how many scrapbooks that you have already created, making purchasing these to be a pure waste of money.


Instead, try investing on magazines about scrapbook making.  While these are rather expensive, these magazines would provide useful information and tips that you can use while you create your scrapbook projects.  Through the information that you will be able to get from these magazines, you will eventually develop your own style for creating your own scrapbooks.


For those beginners on scrapbook making who are on a budget, here are a few techniques that would come in handy as you begin your first scrapbook project.



Learning how to create eyelets is one of the most basic techniques that any person who would like to take up scrapbook making as a hobby should develop.  By learning how to create eyelets, you can not only be able to create a unique border for your scrapbook pages, but you would also be able to create your own scrapbook from scratch in the future, without having the need to buy a ready-made scrapbook album.


To make an eyelet, mark the area where you would like to be placed and punch a hole using a puncher.  Place the two parts of the eyelet setter on either side of the paper and secure this down onto the paper by gently hammering it using a hammer.



To create a mosaic style design which you can use as a means of designing your pages, lay a piece of tracing paper over the pattern that you would like to use.  Trace the pattern using a pencil.  From here paste the pieces of paper within the pattern.