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Scrapbook Page Layouts - Have You Got The Right Tools?

May 7, 2008
Creating scrapbook page layouts is a great way to unwind, relax and be creative. If you are new to scrapbooking then it is important to have the basic tools to get you started.

Entering a store and asking the owner what tools you need could prove expensive, you will soon find yourself investing in things you probably do not need.

There are some basic tools you will need if you are going to start creating scrapbook page layouts, here I have put together a list and explanation of some of the items you will need and use on a daily basis.

Fancy edges scissors or craft scissors - These scissors are a wonderful tool to use when creating scrapbook page layouts. They come in a variety of designs and can be used to create fancy boarders and edges with paper.

Craft punches - craft punches can be used to create embellishments as well as a decorative edge to paper projects. Punches come a huge variety of shapes and sizes and can be purchased with ease from any craft store. It is wise to keep your craft punches sharp to ensure a clean crisp cut. You can sharpen your punches by occasionally punching through foil and if you have difficulty applying enough pressure to punch through the paper you may also need to purchase a punch aid.

Tweezers - tweezers a great for lifting and holding small and delicate items such as beads or gems. You can also use your tweezers to apply embellishments to your scrapbook page layouts.

Glue - To attach any material to your scrapbook page layout will require some form of glue. There are different types of glue for different materials such as sticky dots, glue sticks, silicone, glue pens, double sided tape and spray glue. Always ensure the glue is acid free before using it on your scrapbook page layouts.

Decorative materials - To jazz up any scrapbook page you will need some form of decorative materials such as, pencils, chalks, embossing powders, glitter, peel off stickers, ready made embellishments different types of patterned and printed paper.

Scrapbook - You will need a scrapbook to store all your finished pages in. scrapbooks come in a huge range of themes and colors to suit any occasion. You can also purchase refill pages if you run out of space.

If you are creating your first scrapbook page layout then try to keep things simple. Have a look on the internet and get some ideas by looking at other peoples scrapbook pages.

Once you have finished your first page I guarantee you will have the bug to create more and once you are more confident you can then invest in more intermediate products to use on your scrapbook pages.
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