Scrapbooking has become one of my new favourite pastimes recently. At the moment, I am adding to two scrapbooks. One dedicated to memories me and my partner have shared and one to my memories created at university.
My scrapbooks are very visual. I have always loved collecting tickets, receipts and keepsakes; you could say I’m a bit of a hoarder. But, now I’ve found the perfect way to keep them all in one (or technically two) places!
My five scrapbook essentials are:
Polaroid ZIP Mobile Wireless Compact
I purchased one a couple of months ago when I first started scrapbooking. After using my Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera to take pictures when I was out and about, I found myself falling in love with polaroid pictures. They have a lovely vintage quality and fit perfectly in cardholders (where I keep most of mine). But, I’ve found that I get much better pictures on my iPhone and my Nikon camera so the Polaroid Zip really was the perfect option for me. The pictures print directly from an app on my phone so I can get much better pictures but still in the compact size of a polaroid. Also, because they print onto sticker paper, you can peel off the back and stick them straight into the scrapbook. This is possibly the best thing I’ve bought all year!
These are so cute! Not only do they compliment the polaroid’s vintage vibe, but I can relate the symbols on them to the memories on the page. They’re just a perfectly timeless addition to a page of modern memories.
Mini label tags
I think I find anything that’s smaller than its standard size cute, but aren’t these adorable? They’re just perfect to attach to pictures to add some text without making the book too wordy. They also work really well to affix to the corner of pages to label them.
Glitter washi tape
Caution: overusing these can make your page look very tacky! However using a small amount of them to stick to the corners of pictures or receipts adds a good amount of colour to the page. I’ve got tape in a range of patterns which I try to relate to the page, like I do with the stamps. For example, if my page was dedicated to date-night I’d use the red tape with hearts on. Or if it was memories of a gig I’d been to, I’d use one of the tapes with musical notes on.
Double sided tape
In my opinion, this is a must-have for scrapbooks! It just prevents the page from looking too scruffy. For example, pritt stick often isn’t strong enough to keep certain materials attached to the pages and masking tape or sellotape can sometimes make the pages look shabby (depending on your theme).
So, those are my five essentials. Fellow scrapbookers, please feel free to let me know if you have any other scrapbook recommendations. I’d love to try them out.