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Getting started on making a scrapbook is probably the most difficult part of the project. You may have all the photos, but you probably are not sure what to do with them, right? You may have the desire to be a scrapbooker but entering the scrapbook aisle at the craft store or walking into a scrapbooking specialty store can make you feel lost and unsure of where to start or how to find basic items you need to begin.

Considering that there are thousands of ideas out there, knowing what you want to accomplish or even how to organize, design your layout, create and actually finish the scrapbook can be a difficult task. Spend some time just thinking about what you might want your scrapbook and its pages to look like.

Choosing a scrapbook album is your first task. Pick out the size you want and a color and pattern that will work with the theme you want to create for your album. You will be needing refill pages but refills are not standard sizes, so when you're picking out a few different color packs to match your album be sure to get the right sized pages . Additionally, not all manufacturers make the same size paper stock. Selecting scrapbooking paper in a few different colors and different card-stock types that will match your photos is essential to an eye catching page and again, you want to be absolutely sure that you're getting the correct size for your chosen album.
A sharp pair of scissors and other cutting tools dedicated exclusively to your scrapbooking are necessary to have. You can use simple sharp scissors or those made especially for crafting, such as those made by Provo Craft, which give you spectacular designer edge cuts.

An acid-free mounting adhesive that will work with both your card-stock and photos is needed to get started. 3L Click 'n' Stick Mounting Squares, Herma Dotto Removable, and a Herma Vario Wheel Dispenser are some great choices in acid-free adhesives.

Look for acid-free, permanent, journaling pens with fine tips for hand writing in your scrap book album. If you are hand writing titles for your pages, purchase pens that have a fine tip on one end and a wider tip on the opposite end to compliment your handwriting styles. Very fine tips are the best and the most comfortable to hold in your hand. Not just any markers will do because some standard markers will bleed through the paper. Your best bet is to stick with markers specifically made for scrapbooking and journaling.

Those are the essentials to getting started with your scrapbooking project, but as with any craft you are interested in, there are always more fantastic things available that you will want to add to your supplies. Here are a couple starter ideas for things that you might want to add next:

Embellishments that coordinate with your pages, such as flat stickers and 3-D Stickers, buttons, tacks, ribbons, rubber stamps and more will help you create eye-catching scrapbook pages.

For an excellent idea book which can give you tons of additional ideas to create a scrapbook that you will be proud of, take a peek at Becky Higgins' Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking.

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