I have been scrapbooking and card making since 2003. There have been some activity gaps over the years but I love paper crafting and it will always be a passion for me.
I am compiling a list of must-have tools for the fledgling scrapbooker. Below are what I consider essential tools for scrapbooking. I have also made suggestions for what brand I think is the best scrapbook tools no scrapbook enthusiast or card maker should be without. Did I miss some? Do you have a favourite scrapbook tool you cant live without? Please post in cthe omments section!
If you are on a budget these are the basic tools to start with:
Album ( I recommend 12×12)
Good quality pen/marker for journalling. I like basic black to start. I also find I grab a nice blue or pink often.
Adhesive for mounting photos and embellishments.
List of Best Scrapbook Tools and Reviews
What Are The Best Scrapbook Albums?
There are 3 main types of scrapbook albums.
Post-bound albums: My favourite to use is Pioneer. They are inexpensive and look great. They come in wide variety and can be found where most scrpbooks supplies are sold including Micheal’s, Hobby Lobby, Joann Crafts, etc. I like these because you can slide coloured or patterned cardstock in to use as background paper- and you can move around your pages easily. Something that is near impossible with strap hinge scrapbook albums
Strap-hinge albums: These albums have flexible plastic straps in the cover that run through wire loops embedded in each page. Main brands are Westrim and 12 x 12 Coverset. Quality wise they are expensive but I like the best. The advantage to strap hinge albums is they lay nice and flat when open and air high quality, They are a pain in the neck tho for expanding pages and forget about moving pages around! You have to buy Creative Memories products through a rep ( similar to Tupperware or Pampered Chef) and may not be accessible to some people.
Amother downside is you have to “wallpaper” coloured cardstock or print if you wants something other than white, black or neutral as background.
3-ring binders or D-ring binders: Are very popular- I don’t like the look of them myself but they are economical and easy to use. The D-Ring also lets pages lay flat. Two brands are Hiller and We R Memory Keepers . I have been very happy with We R Memory Keepers. They work just like standard binder.
Best Pens and Markers for Scrapbooks and Cards
Best scrapbook tools can be pretty subjective but I have used ALOT of different products . Markers and pens are used for both enhancing designs/stamps and for journalling. If you are just starting out it can be very very overwhelming. I would keep things simple or you will get frustrated.
Any good quality acid free pen with fine tip is great to get you started. Pick up some colours if you would like to get fancy. A lot of people love gel pens because they show up well on coloured paper.
Bold tip markers can be used to accent pages. If you love to play with markers by all means go ahead.
If you think you might get into stamping and using markers for shading and serious accenting- especially ig tou plan on making cards then right now the hot markers to get are Copic. You can get the more expensive Copic Sketch markers or more affordable Copic Ciao.
I have several of these that I pick up. The sketch are refillable and the quality of both is superb.
I enhance my marker collection with believe it or notBic Mark-it Markers. I love the colour selection and compared with price of Copics can’t go wrong! If you are starting out I would invest in a set of the Markits and then you can build your Copic selection up.
Best Paper Trimmers for Scrap booking
Some things you don’t skimp on and a paper trimmer is a scrapbook tool that you will use most often- get a good one! . This will be your most used tool so don’t hesitate to invest in one or more of these. I have several different brands and was long obsessed with find THE perfect paper trimmer!
I LOVE Making Memories Trimmer and if I had to pick one this would be it. It is extremely well made and sturdy. I love the metal work surface and using magnetic ruler. Self sharpening blade is amazing. It is fairly heavy and some might not like this if taking to crops- for me I find INVALUABLE.
I also have one of the most popular , Fiskars and Fiskars Portable Paper Trimmer
Both are good and easy to pack along when taking to crops.
Another great paper trimmer for scrapbook making and cards is if you;re looking for best scrapbook toolsPurple Cows 12-Inch Two-In-One Scrapbook Combo Trimmer
It is also a lttiel on the heavy side but a great tool. It works as both guillotine style paper trimmer and rotary blade. You can cut thick cardstock and chipboard with this easily, One of the best features of this trimmer is Purple Cows Interchangable Blades. Cut straight, deckle, scallops, etc and more perfectly straight . I LOVE this paper trimmer as well.
Best Craft Scissors for Scrapbooks and Card Making
Cant have enough of these as they get lost all the time :-). Invest in pair of decent quality scissors that you will only use for your paper. Small ones are easier to manage. A good buy is Cricut 7-Piece Tool Kit for Cricut Cutting Machines. I bought mine at Wal-Mart for $10.00. You dont have to use with Cricut cutting machine!
It comes with 7 tools including great pair of scissors, boning tool ( for scoring and making folds in cards) various hooks and scrapers- perfect for lifting off tiny stickers or removing mistakes. This was a really good investment and woudl highly recommend.
Best Scrapbook Paper
There are zillion brands. Make sure they cardstock you use is think enough to hold weight of your scrapbook embellishments. You cant go wrong with Bazzill cardstock and Core’dination for solid colours.
There are so many great quality printed papers but a few stand out. I love pretty much anything by Basic Grey. The quality is fantastic and I love their designs. I usually buy paper packs from them. My favourite designs have been the Basic Grey 12 Inch by 12 Inch Sultry Collection Pack and I love their Halloween paper pack- Eerie Collection Pack (basic grey )
. they have GORGEOUS Christmas collections in particular Jovial Collection Pack (Basic Grey)
Other paper companies known for their high quality prented scrapbook papers are My Mind’s Eye
Die Cuts With a View have some nice designs and you can pick up pretty cheap using a coupon at Micheal’s , etc.
Best Adhesives for Scrapbooks and Card Making
You need adhesive if you are going to scrapbook. There are several type- glue stick, tape runners, adhesive tape, dots and squares.
If you are only goin to get one a tape runner is by far the best bang for your buck.
This is highly personal but some names pop up over and over. I personally likeE-Z Runner
tape runner. I find they glide wonderfully and a great price!
I also use Tombow Mono and like that they are refillable ( EZ runner is not) and like Tombow Mono Adhesive Roller Applicator (62130) I pick up the refills often with craft coupons.
If you want to invest in top of the line most people will swear by a Scotch ATG
, originally designed for picture framing. Some people find these buly and heavy. Long term the price cant be beat however it is a big investment if just starting out so you might want to hold out. If you are serious about your scrapbooking then this is for sure the one to get. I write more about the Scotch ATG
on my post.
Nice to Have Scrapbook Tools- The Next Step
I use my BasicGrey rub-on roller
Basic Grey Rub-On Roller
Basic Grey Magnetic Precision Mat
Basic Grey Precision File Set
I think the Circle Cutting Systems from Creative Memories is the best and I use the ovals more than circles and consider them to be one of the my favorite scrapbook tools
Chalk Ink for inking edges: Chestnut Roan ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad
ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad Alabaster
ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad Charcoal
Nice fir Journalling and colour:
American Crafts Slick Writers
Signo Uniball White Pen
Creative Memories Corner Rounder
Cuttlebug Embosser and Die Cutter. I use this more for embossing than anything else- the folders are cheap and have HUGE impact. Not sure I could live without! For sure one of my favorite scrapbook tools.
Any more to add?
What do you think are the best scrapbook tools?