For many people, scrapbooking is as much an art form as it is a hobby. As such, scrapbook enthusiasts are keen to remind like-minded individuals to be very picky on techniques, layouts, and visual design, especially when it comes to materials that they need. One list of tips in HubPages said that three of the ten most important scrapbook supplies are paper (in the author’s own words, “lots of it”), cutting materials, and glue.
These items can be typically found in both brick-and-mortar and online shops that offer wholesale scrapbook supplies, like AllScrapbookSteals.com. This particular website even showcases products from the best brands like Echo Park Paper, Scrapworks, and We R Memory Keepers sold at discount prices. Since quality and quantity are already taken care of, perhaps the only thing that scrapbook enthusiasts have to worry about is selecting the “best” papers, paper cutters, and adhesives that suit their plans for their albums.
For example, people should buy scrapbook papers that are acid-free and lignin-free. The former is an important attribute because some photographs used in scrapbooking may have been processed through a ‘stop bath’, which involves dipping the negatives into a bowl of acetic or citric acid. If these photos aren’t placed on an acid-free surface, they will fade and lose their luster over time, even if they’re sealed from the elements. Lignin-free, meanwhile, is also an important attribute because lignin- which is found in wood- is very sensitive to heat and light and causes the paper to turn yellow.
The choice of glues and other adhesives is also important for similar reasons. ‘White glues’ (or polyvinyl acetates) are cheap, acid-free, and simple to use, thus making them a good choice for scrapbooking. However, they are also quite susceptible to water and their bonds aren’t as good as other adhesives like glue sticks. That said, some of the strongest adhesives, like rubber cement, contain traces of acid, which means that they can cause unwanted damage to photos, pictures, and other scrapbooking materials. Online shops that offer scrapbooking supplies wholesale can also provide other kinds of adhesives like sticky tapes and foam dots.
Finally, selecting the “best” paper cutters mostly depends on how people value their scrapbook’s aesthetic values. If they want clean, uniform cuts on their work, they’re better off using the bulkier but more precise paper trimmers. Paper trimmers are even recommended by experienced photojournalists for those working with vintage photographs or inkjet prints. For more artistic cuts, handheld paper cutters and a pair of fancy scissors will do the trick. Of course, additional materials like ribbons, stickers, pop dots, and binders shouldn’t be left out in the shopping list, which is what most scrapbooking enthusiasts also suggest.
(Source: Top Ten Essential Scrapbooking Supplies, HubPages, April 24, 2014)