Scrapbooking Supplies

Great tools to make your project unique

Although scrapbooking has been around for ages, its popularity has skyrocketed over the past few years. Parties, specialty shops and entire aisles of craft stores are dedicated to this addictive hobby. Scrapbooking remains so popular because everybody has memories that they want to treasure.

When it comes to making truly unique projects, the sky is the limit. You can go the traditional route and purchase a book to make additions, or if you are feeling adventurous, you can design your own book by using card stock and punching holes for the binding.

If you've ever perused a scrapbooking catalog or wandered the aisles in a specialty store, you know that the sheer amount of stickers and paper is enough to floor the average consumer. To avoid emptying your child's college account in a shopping expedition, have an idea of what you are looking for. Set aside your photos in advance and design around them.

Because official scrapbooking paper and stickers can be so expensive, be creative. Look for wrapping paper, stationary or different fabrics to use as the background to your pages. Have your child paint something for you, or press leaves in wax paper for a unique fall background.

By grabbing an ink pad and stocking up on stamps, you will have a variety of interesting shapes, animals and lettering. Shop in an educational store for reduced price stickers or raid the local dollar store. By perusing the clearance rack at JoAnn Fabrics, you can stock up on ribbon, piping and material scraps to add some variety to your pages.

Invest in a set of scissors so you can crop pieces to have different edges. For a winter scene, simply cut paper into snowflakes like you did in grade school. Hit the clearance racks after the holidays to grab miscellaneous items that can be included on your pages.

By simply making cuts on your original photos, you can align your photos in new and interesting ways. For an interesting variation, include special memories from your trips - a movie ticket, a small bag of sand from your honeymoon or a dinner receipt.

The thrill and popularity of scrapbooking revolves around people's desire to be creative. You don't need to take a class or spend thousands of dollars on prepackaged items to make your scrapbook beautiful and meaningful. Instead, focus on the memories you wish to preserve, and you will be left with a scrapbook that is uniquely yours.

By Molly Carter