The realm of paper crafting is one that is easy to step into, but next to impossible to get out. For those who wish to figuratively “test the waters,” beware of the overwhelming tidal wave that may consume you with awe. From the glitter, powders, stamps, inks, and ribbon, to the different textures and patterns of cardstock, there’s always something fun and exciting awaiting you as you pursue this hobby. The possibilities are really endless – whatever comes to mind, just create it. What I love most about it is that you can incorporate more than just paper into your projects – cards, scrapbooks, tags, and gift card holders to name a few – whether that be ribbon, cross-stitching floss, sewing techniques, buttons, you name it!
So if you dare to venture into this papercrafting world, what do you need to get started? Whether you wish to start out with scrapbooking or card-making, the general necessities for beginners are the same.
- Cardstock – the worst thing when it comes to a card or a scrapbook page is to have flimsy paper. I suggest you purchase the Recollections Essentials Cardstock Stack — it has 200 sheets of assorted colours, it’s nice and thick, and the price is good! Regularly this stack is priced at $19.99 CDN but Michaels always offers 40 or 50% coupons that you can find online or in the local flier.
- Paper Trimmer – to cut your paper you’ll need a paper trimmer. What works best for me is the Tonic Large 12″ Base Guillotine paper trimmer. It is a little pricey but I got it while it was on sale at my local scrapbook store – Precious Memories. I have found that the Fiskars paper trimmers aren’t the best quality, they fray your paper, and for a majority of the time they do not cut straight! That drives me nuts!
- Adhesive – to stick, glue, or adhere your pieces together, you will definitely need some strong adhesive. Scotch’s Advanced Tape Glider, otherwise known as the “ATG Gun” works wonders! I love this thing to pieces, and it is a must have when you start out. This can also be purchased at Michaels, and again you can use a coupon. The refills are sold separately.
So this in no means caps off everything you need. As you become more experienced, your collection will grow to include glitter, embossing powder, stamps, punches, and so much more. Beware, this hobby is highly addicting and money draining!
I have given you my forewarning. Now it’s time for you to get crafting!