The most basic supplies needed for scrapbooking are an album or scrapbook plus card stock, decorative paper, adhesives and scissors. Pens, printed materials, stamps and inks are also highly useful for customizing your own scrapbook creations.
A few stamps featuring words, designs or shapes allow you to customize any kind of creation using a stamp pad and ink. Cut printed images from magazines or copies of vintage photos to create themed scrapbook pages with ease; if you have access to a printer, you can print a vast array of words, clip art and design elements as well.
Writing tools such as markers, colored pencils and metallic paint pens are also useful supplies, allowing you to create an endless variety of designs, doodles and messages on your scrapbooks. Other basic supplies such as decorative tape, a ruler and shaped hole punches give even more creative freedom. Acid-free, non-yellowing papers and archival adhesives also ensure the longevity of your scrapbooks.
At its simplest, scrapbooking is about creating decorative paper-based keepsakes. While you can create a basic scrapbook from decorative paper and card stock, additional supplies expand your capabilities. The more tools, pictures and types of paper you have, the more options are available to you for creating items such as greeting cards or a book of family memories.