Tuesday, October 20, 2015

gift guide for the new scrapbooker

Project Life 2014
Is anybody in your life expressing interest in scrapbooking? I put this list together of basics for the new scrapbooker.

An album
You'll have choose the size for your gift recipient. 12x12" is the traditional size. 8x8", 6x6", 4x4" are also common smaller sized albums. More recently, I've seen 9x12" albums. That seems like a fun, unique size. I will have to give that size a try soon. I am currently using this 12x12" album.

Page protectors
The album will come with large page protectors in the size of the album. You can throw in some sectional pocket page protectors. The new scrapbooker will appreciate being able to slip some pictures right into their new album without much fuss.

A variety of fun scrapbooking paper
I suggest going with a Project Life core kit. The kits come with plenty of 4x6" and 3x4" papers. Browse through the current kits, and see what fits your recipient's taste or current season of life. For example, maybe the recipient just had a baby. The safe bet would be to go with the baby girl or baby boy core kit. The kits also come with journaling cards. If it's in your budget, get some paper in the size of the album you chose- 12x12", 9x12", etc. Sometimes I like to use an entire sheet for a special picture or as a divider. It'll give the recipient more options.

Paper trimmer
I have the 12x12" Fiskars' trimmer. I use it all the time for pictures and paper. If it's in your budget, grab some replacement blades for the trimmer, as well.

I suggest going with glue dots in a couple of sizes because they are a quality, longstanding product. (I am seriously annoyed that the adhesive I used for my first scrapbooks has worn off and I have to glue everything again. Nowadays I use these. I have sold them in my etsy shop. If you're interested, I can set up a custom listing for you).

Journaling pens
My favorites are Pilot's razor point extra fine tip pens (this is probably not something you'll find in a big-box craft store) and American Craft's slick writer pens (they come in a variety of sizes. I haven't seen these in big-box craft stores either. You might have to go to an actual scrapbook store for these). I would not go with gel pens. I find that they don't work very well.

Grab a few basics for the new scrapbooker. I suggest going with a roller date stamp first. I really like this one. I recommend grabbing an alphabet stamp set or two. Keep things simple for the new scrapbooker.

Staz-On ink is a good, quality ink. I used to sell for the scrapbook company Close to My Heart, so I have lots of their inks, but they're not as readily available as Staz-On ink and I don't necessarily have a preference for the Close to My Heart ones though they are good quality ink pads.

Stickers, paper clips, buttons, other embellishments
Grab a few embellishments to go along with the paper you've chosen for your recipient. I like to color coordinate my albums with the paper, but that might just be a personal preference. Go with basics- alphabet stickers are a good choice, for example.

You can buy these things online obviously, but I suggest going to a big-box craft store like Michael's, Joann's, or Hobby Lobby. They run regular 40% off sales for papercrafting items. They also offer regular coupons. Sign up now and save where you can. Walmart and Target also carry basic scrapbook supplies, but with the craft store's regular sales, they're more likely to be less expensive at the big-box craft store. A scrapbook store is an obvious choice, but they will be much more expensive than a big-box craft store.

Hope this list helps! And feel free to ask me questions if you have them. I love all that is scrapbook related. ;)

Related: Memory Keeping: 2015 (the set up); Memory Keeping: 2015 (my layouts thus far)
gift guide for the new scrapbooker