Scrapbooking Tools

Written by Liza Hartung
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When you are serious about scrapbooking, it is necessary to have a wide variety of scrapbooking tools. If you only have paper, scissors and markers, there is only so much you can do before you get bored and all your pages start to look alike. This situation can certainly stunt scrapbook creativity. The more you have to work with, the more creative and diverse your pages will be. This situation is certain to keep you motivated.

Don't think, though, that you have to have all scrapbooking tools known to man. I started out with my album, decorative paper, paints, markers, crayons, some alphabet stencils and decorative edged scissors. This was enough to get me through my first scrapbook. I learned all the basics. In fact, I know how to create things from the bare necessities. Therefore, when I get my hands on more advanced tools, I just go nuts.

Scrapbooking Tools to Speed the Process

There exist several scrapbooking tools that aren't necessary for your toolbox, but provide much help. A tape runner is one such tool. This tool holds two-sided tape. You hold the tool and run the tape along the page, photo or accent where you need it to go. When you are done, just use the perforated metal edge to cut the tape. Another great tool is the corner rounder. It cuts perfect round edges on your photos. You can, of course, do this on your own, but we all know how badly that can go. You keep cutting and cutting, trying to get all the edges alike until you are down to one square inch of photo!

Permanent, waterproof, fade resistant pens are things that should be staples in your toolbox. No scrapbooker should be without those or without basic cropping templates. Get templates in the shapes of squares, triangles, rectangles and circles. If you can't afford a bigger selection at this time, you can make hundreds of other shapes from those basic ones.

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