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Making the Most of Your Scrapbooking Supplies

If you're just starting out with scrapbooking, you might find yourself surprised at how quickly the cost of scrapbooking supplies adds up. Obviously you want the best quality you can afford, and you certainly don't want to skimp on things that could destroy your photos. However, where can you you cut corners and find cheap scrapbooking supplies -- and where is quality an absolute necessity?

Here are some of the 'must have' items every scrapbooker needs!

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Tips For Scrapbooking Stickers Successfully

Whether you're new to scrapbooking or a seasoned pro, scrapbooking stickers will make your job easier, more fun, and less time consuming. Whether you use them for minor embellishments or make them a more central part of your scrapbook page, using stickers for scrapbooking is a fantastic way to add detail and interest to your work.

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Scrapbooking Supplies On The Cheap

The most difficult part about scrapbooking is scrapbooking supplies. Not finding them -- there are thousands of stores selling everything from paper to tiny, intricately detailed ornamentation -- but paying for them! Let's face it: scrapbook supplies are expensive. Nowhere but a scrapbooking store gets away with charging $55 for a rubber stamp.

Of course, there are some scrapbook supplies that are worth paying for -- things you'll use over and over again as you craft your scrapbooks, things you'll cherish and love. But there has got to be a cheaper way to keep your shelves stocked.

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64 Scrapbooking Supplies: Charms

Metal charms aid a unique personalized element to scrapbook pages. Charms are available in all sorts of sizes and shapes to fit nearly any theme.

In this way, charms can be added to memento, graduation, or gift scrapbooks to create a personalized feeling to the page.

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63 Scrapbooking Supplies: Buttons

Buttons can be added to pop up windows for effect or to educational scrapbooks as a learning device. Adding buttons to a scrapbook page can as simple as adding a ready-made button.

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56 Scrapbooking Techniques: Fabric

Fabric can be used in many ways to enhance scrapbook pages. Fabric can be used as a background or as a border to enhance dimension and texture to your scrapbook.

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54 Scrapbooking Techniques: Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paint can be use to draw and paint embellishments or create accents around focus objects. These embellishments and accents can be as simple or as fancy as you desire and your talent allows.

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52 Scrapbook Layout Ideas: Glitter

Glitter can add a wonderful sparkle to your borders and fonts. This creates an artistic look to your child's artwork.

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47 Scrapbook Layout Ideas: Feathers

Feathers make exotic and interesting embellishments and borders. Feathers add an air of softness.

Feathers may be useful in scrapbooks with a freedom, peace, or quiet theme.

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46 Scrapbook Layout Ideas: Rhine Stones

Body art rhinestones can also be added to embellish scrapbook pages in a creative and colorful way. Rhinestones add color and shine to your scrapbook pages making any dull page more exciting.

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45 Scrapbook Layout Ideas: Sequins

Sequins can add a creative flair and a dash of color to scrapbook pages as embellishments.

If placed randomly in a variety of colors, sequins cause a dramatic, abstract, playful attraction to items and pages. This might be good for a young adult or college student scrapbook.

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43 Scrapbooking Supplies: Hemp

Hemp can be used for a number of purposes in scrapbooking. Single, twisted, or braided fibers can be used to accentuate focus objects, as picture frames, or along the edges of the scrapbook page as borders.

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42 Scrapbooking Supplies: Embroidery Cotton

Embroidery cotton can be used in a number of interesting scrapbooking ways.

Individual fibers can be used to highlight focus items or used to add dimension to artwork or drawings.

Embroidery fibers can also be twisted or braided for use in artwork or as imaginative borders.

Moreover, embroidery cotton can even be used as to tie down other items in a beautiful and creative way.

41 Scrapbooking Supplies: Ribbons and Lace

Ribbon and lace are by far the most common, and most beautiful, border embellishment.

The flowing nature of both materials encourages a touch of softness and elegance. Ribbon and lace are especially popular in gift and memory scrapbooks.

Moreover, ribbon is easy to glue and attach. Lace requires a bit more patience.

For an interesting change from ribbon and lace, try using jute or raffia.

35 Scrapbooking Supplies: Vellum

Vellum is a transparent, translucent material. Vellum can be used to create a slight shadow or shade change to background or embellishment colors.

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26 Scrapbooking Tools; Faux Wax Seals

A good way to make your own personal faux wax seals is with Crayola Model Magic.

Simply, roll out a small ball of the clay.
Then, imprint this ball with a small rubber stamp or a brass seal.

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25 Scrapbooking Tools; Rubber Stamps

Rubber stamps dipped in acid free ink can be used to create various embellishments. Rubber stamps can be used to create cute images for children's and grandparents scrapbooks.

They can also be simple flowers or leaves to create elegant looks for gift scrapbooks.

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24 Using Stickers in Your Scrapbooks

Stickers are fun and easy to stick to scrapbook pages. Stickers can be used for captions, thought bubbles, to hide mistakes, or as embellishments.

Stickers of your child's favorite cartoon or television program can add a personal accent to your scrapbook page.

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23 Scrapbooking Tools; Wax Pencils

Another important writing implement for scrapbooking is a wax pencil. Wax pencils are soft pencils designed to write on glass, plastic and photographs. These pencils are easy to draw with and can be used to color in portions of lettering, in borders, or to create accents.

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22 Scrapbooking Tools; Markers

A marker is a seeming obvious tool for writing and embellishing on scrapbook pages. Markers are easy to draw with and can be used to color in portions of lettering, in borders, or to create accents. Unfortunately, regular markers tend to smudge and bleed through scrapbook pages.

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14 Scrapbook Products that Lasts

You put a great deal of time, thought, and effort into your scrapbook pages so why not put a little more thought into the kind of scrapbook products you will need to make your scrapbook last? You should try to protect and preserve your work.

The most important way to protect your pages is by using lignin free and acid free scrapbook products.

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12 The Stickiest Scrapbooking Tools

Once your scrapbooking page is laid out to your liking you will need a few scrapbooking tools to begin attaching and gluing your various mementos, text, and titles. One of the most important scrapbooking tools you will need is glue and other forms of adhesive.

Take care of how you use these scrapbooking tools or you may end up with an icky sticky mess.

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How to Start Scrapbooking

The best thing about scrapbooking is that although there are a ton of scrapbooking supplies available on the market, you really don't need a lot to make your very first scrapbook.

Basically, all you need to scrapbook is an album, some glue, a pair of scissors, and some photographs or newspaper clippings. Any fabric, ribbon, or bits of leftovers from other projects can be used to embellish your scrapbook.

As you get more acquainted with scrapbooking, you will find products that save you time and frustration.

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