Scrapbooking Essentials and Where to Find Them!

ScrapbookingScrapbooking is something we’ve enjoyed for a while now. It’s fun and creative and a great way to cure boredom! Not only that, but it’s a place where you can store a lot of memories to look back on in years to come. What we love about keeping all of our memories in a scrapbook is the fact that you can make it much more personal than just putting photos in an album. But being creative means making sure you have lots of supplies to make your scrapbook look the best it can be, all while trying not to spend too much money! We’ve managed to find a few great, affordable things that have really made our scrapbooks look lovely, so we thought we’d share with you some things that we think are essentials when it comes to scrapbooking on a budget!

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Obviosuly the first thing you need when starting a scrapbook is the scrapbook itself! Hobbycraft do a range of scrapbooks from plain ones to one’s with designs on the covers. Rachel’s is a 12 x 12″ scrapbook that you can see in the photos above and it was around £6! Lauren got her scrapbook (that you can sort of see in the last picture) from Paperchase. It has a lovely butterfly design and it was in the sale too!

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Card and tissue paper are essential for creating bright and colourful backgrounds. We find it really fun to create different backgrounds for our pages so that they don’t look plain. Over the years we’ve collected a huge amount of coloured tissue papers from places like Asda and Wilko but we realised we needed something more exciting! We both picked up some decoupage papers from Poundland which have the most adorable patterns on them! We also found a pack of 36 sheets of patterned card, which was on sale at Hobbycraft for £2.50. The book has loads of different patterns like stripes, spots and even flamingos, which are great for putting behind photos!

Something we are obsessed with lately are washi tapes. You can find a range of colourful and cute tapes in places such as Poundland, Hobbycraft and Paperchase. You may have seen our recent Paperchase haul where Rachel picked up a set of 5 Purr-Maids washi tapes. They have cute and bright patterns and are perfect for taping the corner of photos! Some of our other favourite washi tapes that we’ve purchased are from Hobbycraft. They have a whole range of them for just £1 each and some of our favourites have to be the sloth, flamingo and watermelon ones (a few of them which you may have seen on our Instagram).

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Something else that you need when it comes to scrapbooking is letters. We haven’t really managed to find many, although we did both find these scrabble style letter stickers for only a pound in Hobbycraft. You get 2 sheets of them and as you can see in our photos, they add a really nice touch to any page that is looking a bit empty! I (Rachel) also picked up some cute floral letters which I’ve used before. I used them on the front of my scrapbook and I think they look really pretty (despite the fact that they don’t have an ‘S’ in the dark pink colour!!).

Rachel also got these ‘La De Dah’ polaroid frames from Hobbycraft a few years ago, although we are pretty sure they still sell them, or something similar! We also went hunting for some scrapbooking supplies at Home Bargains and found some brown paper gift tags for around 50p. We think they’ll be a nice way to take up empty space in our scrapbook pages and we can’t wait to use them!

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Something we love to create for our scrapbooks is bunting! It’s super easy to make as long as you have some string, PVA glue and card/fabric! We purchased our string from Wilko and it was about 50p. Then we used the card we purchased from Hobbycraft to make little triangles. It’s a cheap and simple way to make your scrapbook even prettier!

So there you have it, if you’re looking for scrap booking essentials be sure to check any Pound stores, Hobbycraft and Wilko! It’s amazing what little bits you can find to give your scrapbook its own personal touch!

lrJan2016

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