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PostSubject: Basic supplies for card making and scrapbooking   Thu Oct 20, 2011 3:41 pm

Supplies for card making and scrapbooking are pretty much the same. If you can use it on a lo you can use it on a card. The one difference being is that most cards do not have a picture on them. That's not to say that some don't, it's just not the usual...

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For a scrapbooker the most important items would be the photo's to be scrapped and any ephemera associated with the photo's. For example if you were scrapping a concert your ephemera would be your concert tickets.

Cardstock is essential for backgrounds, photo mounting and and anything else you can think to do with it and in my opinion comes before patterned paper (pp) as you can create a whole layout from plain cardstock. That's a little trickier to do with pp.

Patterned Paper is essential to create contrast and colour to your page. PP can convey many things, the gender of the people in your photo, the activity they are doing(football, basketball school etc), the occasion (birthday, christmas etc). It can be layered with contrasting pp or cardstock layers for different effect. Pp used in a background can also be used to make other elements like flowers for a page.

A good pair of scissors for cutting things like ribbon and a pair of small sewing scissors if you find you are fussy cutting a lot of intricate designs (fussy cutting is cutting around a picture or image eg you can cart part of a design from your pp to lay over you lo as a design element.

A metal ruler if you want to start cheap in the cutting department

A Stanley knife or exacto blade type thing to do your cutting with especially if you don't have a paper trimmer yet and even if you do it still comes in handy to cut heavier materials.

Self healing mat to do all your cutting on.

Acid free adhesives such as double sided tape, crafters acid free pva glue, ranger glossy accents, even an acid free glue stick would work to stick down your elements and photo's.

That's the basic and most essential list. If I think of anything else or if someone else does I will add it to the list.
Most of the extras on a page or card are not essential items but they do make them look great. Stamps and ink, flowers, trinkets, stickers and the bazillion other things that can be added to lo's and cards to make them look great. Even a paper trimmer is not essential when your just starting unless you know you are going to love to scrap and get a lot of use out of it.

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