Scrapbooking and Memory Keeping. Crafting Supplies and Inspiration

Must Have Tools - Beginner Bundles

What Do You Really Need to Start Scrapbooking?

Of course check out my monthly kits - HERE - because they are fabulous value for money with lots of scrumminess if you are a scrapbooker.  

Below are some of my recommendations and I have put together some great Starter Bundles of Tools for you at the end. Of course all items are available to purchase individually as well and I will link to my shop so you can just click on the link (LINK NOT YET LIVE 23/10/20)


I tested this out recently in my trip to Canada and 2 weeks quarantine with no craft room and I discovered which essentials I took with me and used a lot, but also some I left behind at home.

1. Trimmer -cost £23.00

 I took my Stampin' Up Trimmer - perfect. for 12 x 12 papers and this Stampin Up trimmer has a side measure feature which also helps you to cut the middles out of a piece of paper. (This can be useful for some designs but also a good way of keeping paper that would normally be lost behind photographs. You can also buy replacement blades from me.

2. Baby chop 

Stampin Up has some mini guillotines, they are not available from the catalogue but as a demonstrator I can buy them for promotions  - they are great for quickly cropping photos and small pieces of paper and so cute! Check my have it all bundle below - if you order this or the die cutter bundle you will receive a Baby chop from me for FREE! (subject to stock availability).

3. Die Cutting Machine - add to cart cost £112.00

I really needed mine for using my letters dies for titles and for cutting labels, and shapes. A crafting friend in Canada lent me hers while I was there. Stampin' Up have a fold away die cutting machine and some fabulous dies - see my article HERE on great dies for scrapbooking on my blog  24th October 2020. In the future there will also be a baby die cutting machine - also fold away! available soon - maybe this would be a better option for travelling or on a smaller desk! (I will let you know when this is available) 

4. Take Your Pick Tool - cost £9.00 

Amazing! I use it constantly to pick things up, to make holes, to push out die cuts.

5. Tweezers 

Just use an old pair they are fab for picking and placing gluey bits and bobs.

6. A lead pencil 

You can't go without, so have a rubber and a sharpener available also - I use to trace around things, to measure up photos and mats and to write out my journalling before I go over in pen.

7. Write Markers - 

Can be used to journal and to colour in. Pens have a brush and fine tip at each end.  I scribble onto a piece of plastic and pick up the ink and paint with a paint brush or a stamping up blender pen for lighter more watercolored look. See my Article HERE on over 12 things to do with Write Markers.
You can buy in sets of 10 pens in each colour family Brights, Subtles, Regals and Neutrals - Each pack of ten costs £27.50 and you can also buy all 41 in a useful storage box that has space to add more markers from the in-colour sets of 5. (includes 1 basic black marker as well)  £112.75
You can also buy a set of 5 in the in-colours for 2020-21 and 2019-2020.£13.75
If you want to buy the big box of 40 option. I will send you a free pack of 5 in-colour markers separately (your choice of year)

8. Scissors - Stampin' Up Snips are £9.25

I sell a fabulous quality pair of sharp scissors called snips for ribbon and quick paper cuts and cutting around images. Keep them away from glue and if you want them to remain sharp for material and ribbon - get a second pair as they will dull over time if you are cutting paper with them all of the time.

9. Scrapbook and pages / page protectors. Cost for 1 album and one set of 12 inserts is £14.75.

 You can buy a 6x8 scrapbook from my shop at a very reasonable £9.25 with refill pages at £5.50 for a mixed pocket page look - although I do use this I also use 12 x 12 scrapbooks and I don't sell these, but they can be purchased from a craft retailer for approximately £20 to £30 with page refills at around £10.00 a pack.
 The 6 x 8 inches size is perfect for gifting, for a beginner or making scrapbooks for others or for making special project scrapbooks such as a baby book, wedding book, amazing trip, alphabet book, or my home improvements book! It is also perfect for those who want to include decorative elements and memorabilia as the little pockets are great for this.

10.Adhesive - Seal Plus £11.25

I like a tape runner that is fast to use and also puts down tiny amounts if I want them. The Stampin Up Seal plus is perfect and once you have it you can just buy easy to slot in refills that cost £7.50.


Take a look at a couple of bundles I have put together below which are great for anyone who wants to start out. 
Just add a monthly kit to the bundle and you are good to go! 

Please note the Bundles below will need to be ordered on the Stampin Up shop and the Monthly kits from me directly as I need to put them together. Stampin up ships usually within 7 working days and my monthly kits have a posting date around the second week of each month. (this is so the supplies can be ordered delivered to me and the kits prepared before carefully packing and sending to you)

Bundle 1 :Beginners bundle of tools

6 x 8 inches album
+ 6 x 8 inches refill pages
+take your pick tool 
+ scissors. 
Total cost is £67.25 - click this link to go to the shop -  ADD to CART
Photos for this page - coming soon! (note photos and details can be viewed on the shop add to cart link)

Bundle 2: Beginner tools and die cutting

As above bundle 1, plus a die cutting machine
Total Cost is £179.25 
You will get your own host benefits to order free items to the value of £17.90 when you order be sure to use them all up before checking out.
You will also receive from me separately a mini guillotine.

Bundle 3: Beginner tools as bundle 1 above plus a box of 40 write markers

Total Cost is . £180.00
You will get your own host benefits to order free items to the value of £18.00 - when you order be sure to use them all up before checking out.
Free from me 1 set of 5 in-colour write markers to add to your set. (your choice of year) to be sent separately.

Bundle 4: I want it all

All of bundle 1 plus die cutting machine plus 40 write markers (including host benefits to spend in the shop ) You will receive the host benefits online so be sure to select free products worth £35.00 before you check out.
Total Cost is £292.00
You will also receive separately from me a mini guillotine and 1 set of 5 in-colour write markers and a brush tip for your pick it tool.

Good products are my biggest tip to you. You will enjoy the experience be invigorated with the challenge of using your stash and feel positively holy by not wasting your money or the Earth's resources. 

Better to have a few fabulous tools supplies that you use all the time than craft stash bargains dripping from every shelf that never ever get used - in the long run that is a waste - also a waste of storage solutions to put it all in!!

 JoP x

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