Scrapbooking ~ New Member Information

There are many tools, supplies and books available to members of the Arts & Crafts Scrapbooking Group.  Before you purchase any supplies for scrapbooking or card making, we suggest that you try the products available to you in the Arts & Crafts Club room.  Information presented is mainly for scrapbooking, however, a card is structured much the same as a scrapbook page and therefore, we encourage both paper crafting activities.


There are many sources for scrap booking materials.  The only precaution is that the materials you buy should be made to preserve photographs, look for products that state they are acid-free and lignin-free.  Take your time, try to use a product before you purchase it and learn which products are right for you.  Start slowly, ask questions and only purchase what you need to complete a project.  There are many tools available to you in the Arts & Craft Club room.  We encourage you to try them before you purchase your own.


Materials to Consider for Scrapbooking:

To preserve photographs, use only acid-free products (pens, paper and accenting materials). 

  • Paper should be acid-free and lignin-free. 

  • Decide what size album or paper you want to use.  Sizes range from 6”x6”        8 ½” x 11”        12” x 12” (the most popular)        12” x 15”

  • Adhesives should also be acid-free.  Photo-mounting squares or tape runners,  and  other repositionable  materials are recommended to hold your photos to mounting paper and/or an album page.  Be careful about using any glue. 

  • Cutting tools should include a good sharp pair of scissors.  A 12” paper trimmer also comes in handy to cut larger paper.  Decorative scissors are a fun option and many are available to members. 

  • Journaling pens should also be acid-free.  You can start with a basic set in black and the primary colors.

  • Decorative supplies include stickers and die cut shapes, again try to ensure that they are acid-free.  There are die cutting machines available to members (Sizzix, Grand Calibre and cricut®).  Instruction on their proper use can be made available to you.

  • A solution called “Undu” is helpful in lifting photos from glued down pages.  Using flossing thread also helps sometimes.