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6 Must-Have Scrapbooking Supplies to Keep in Your Stash

Scrapbooking Supplies

There are a few things that you are going to need to begin your scrapbooking journey. Building a stash of must-have scrapbooking supplies should be your main objective in the the beginning. Here are my six must-have scrapbooking supplies to keep in my stash:

  1. Paper/Paper Pad
  2. Embellishments
  3. Cutting tool
  4. Scissors
  5. Adhesive
  6. Photos
6 Must-Have Scrapbooking Supplies to Keep in Your Stash - Danie Faye


When it comes to paper, it has to be the main must-have scrapbooking supply on the list. For instance, to build my scrapbooking supply stash, I stuck to a strict budget. Visiting your local Michaels and grabbing paper when it was on sale will build your paper stash in no time! You can normally grab paper by the sheet for $0.25. Additionally, throughout the year, Michaels places their paper pads on sale. Marking them down to about $10 a pad. Keep in mind, you can always use your 40% off coupon when purchasing regular priced items.

Furthermore, you have stores like Hobby Lobby and Joann’s, who sell paper in the same fashion as Michaels. Your best bet is to figure out what patterns you gravitate to, and figure out what store sells them at the best price.

Lastly, search online. Online stores tend to receive the latest products on the market before your local stores do. Sites like American Crafts, Scrapbook.com, or Paper Issues tend to sell the most current specialty papers/collections in the scrapbook community.


As previously mentioned, stopping by your local craft store to see what embellishments they have on-hand will give you an idea of your style. However, when purchasing from the store, you are obligated to buy embellishments in packages. Unfortunately, this can result in you purchasing embellishments that you might not ever use. 

On the other hand, you can search online. Because I feel it saves money annual, I choose to purchase my embellishments from the company’s website in a digital format. That way, I can print out only the necessary embellishments needed for my layouts. Or I can reprint out my favorite embellishments over and over!

paper trimmer

Certainly, there will be time when you might want to make precise cuts when creating your layouts. Therefore, having a paper trimmer will be necessary. I have always used the Fiskars brand, however, I have included a few options from different brands to consider:

Fiskars 152490-1004 SureCut Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer, 12 Inch

Firbon A4 Paper Cutter 12 Inch Titanium Paper Trimmer

Work4U 9 Inch Paper Trimmer, A5 Portable Scrapbooking Trimmer, Green


As a scrapbooker, there are going to be times where you will need to cut out specific things to include in your layouts. I prefer to have two types of scissors in my stash for this purpose. 

For regular cutting

Titanium Scissors – 5 Pack – 8″ Blade – (STRONG TITANIUM STEEL)

For fussy cutting

EK Success EKCB01 Cutter Bee Precision Scissors, Small


This area is a trial-and-error  situation. I have used a lot of adhesive in my days. I prefer to use tape adhesive, and kraft foam for dimension. I do not normally use wet glue, but you should always have it in your stash for emergency. Great brands to consider:

Tape Runner adhesive

Ad-Tech Permanent Crafter’s Tape

3-D Adhesive

3L Scrapbook Adhesive Permanent Pre-Cut 3D Foam Mounting Squares

Liquid Adhesive

3-Pack Bundle – Zig Memory System 2-Way Squeeze and Roll Glue Pen


Acquiring your photos is quite simple. Since I have started my scrapbooking journey, I have went through different ways to collect and store my photos. The best way that I have found for me to store my photos is to download them from my phone to my computer monthly. I store my photos on my computer in monthly & yearly photos. This helps when I want to incorporate dates on my layouts (plus it refreshes my memory by seeing the dates). I then print out all the photos I deem scrap worthy on a monthly basis. That way I always have current photos to draw inspiration from.

but I’m guilty of still scrapbooking older photos (haha)

in conclusion

It takes some time to build up your scrapbooking supplies. Do not rush it because you may overwhelm yourself with products. Having the basics will definitely get you started on your journey. Before you know it, you will have a ginormous collection of products you will not want to use!

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  • Colleen

    This is such a great resource for anyone interested in getting into scrapbooking. There are so many things you can do, so having this is an excellent starting point.

    • Sheena Steward

      I haven’t scrapbooked in a while. This is a nice guide and provides a ton of important information.

  • shay

    I have been scrapbooking for literal years! I love love love it. Some think it’s an old persons hobby but I beg to differ.

    • Danielle Rice

      yes! You should see how far I am behind with all the new trends. lol. I have been so much into blogging that I have neglected my scrapbooking, but I have to get in my craft space this weekend to play.

  • Stacie

    These are excellent tips! I love that you covered so many different items here. It’s an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn.

  • Lisa

    I’d really like to get back into Scrapbooking. We recently moved and all our supplies are in storage. It’s a great activity to do with the kids! Well, you’ve inspired me to go dig out some of my scrapbooks and materials. This is one of those activities that can be enjoyed through any season. Thanks too for the great list of Scrapbooking essentials!

  • Simoné

    I said that as I traveled more I wanted to scrapbook my adventures to look back on. This is a good start to knowing the materials I’ll need. Thank you for sharing!

  • Mary

    Thanks for these tips to starting scrapbooking. It can be an overwhelming hobby to start but seeing that you can just start with a few things and add as you are able to.

    • Danielle Rice

      There is no topic that you have to choose. I like to document the moments that stand out to me. Like watching my kids sleep (yes, I’m a creeper), or watching them interact with one another. The topics are endless. It’s what you feel is important.

  • Kiara

    I use to love scrap booking when I was in high school. I found it so relaxing. Now I definitely didn’t have all the tools you mentioned but I made it work. Excellent starting list for those looking to get into or back into it in my case.

  • Carla Necole

    I have never gotten into scrap booking or anything crafty for that matter. I am amazed at what people can do with some scissors, glue and photos though. I have a good friend who can pretty up ANYTHING and I’m going to pass this along to her.

  • Cindy Gordon

    I made the mistake of using the wrong glue once. Boy, was that a huge disappointment when it dried.

  • Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    I would love to get back into scrap booking. this is an awesome place to start for supplies!

  • Erin Knight

    I used to make scrapebooks when I was a child and I remember I was so struggling with adhensive. The wet glue drove me nuts sometimes, I wish I knew better about tape adhensive.

  • Lauren Ash

    I used to be really into scrapbooking but have been away from it for several years. This post makes me wanna go back and finish all of the books I left unfinished!

  • blair villanueva

    Before I fell in-love in blogging, scrapbooking is my main hobby and first love. Those ideas that I used are transferred digitally to my blog.

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