Workspace Preparation Get a flat, hard, and preferably large surface: a desk or a table. When you're picking a spot, consider temperature and humidity control and sun exposure. Make sure the scrapbooking area is safe for your supplies. Use a good lamp. Organize paper, tools, photos, and embellishments before getting started. Scrapbooking Essentials Start gathering photos as well as other material that you might find useful. Get some sharp scissors that will be used only for scrapbooking. Buy acid- and lignin-free card stock and specialty papers. Look for an adhesive that is both safe and strong for your scrapbook pages. Get embellishments like stickers, die-cuts, metal brads and stamps. Purchase some pens. Invest in some page protectors for your scrapbook pages. Go through your photos and sort them based on event or holiday or chronologically. If you have clothes that are too worn out or stained add pieces of them to your layouts. Use old jewellery. Reuse old decorations. Scrapbooking Techniques Crop photos to get the maximum effect. Layering page elements can create a cohesive design from separate pieces. Keep one focal point and coordinate elements through similar colors or shapes. Journaling adds a unique, personal touch to pages. Stamp letters, words, patterns, or specific images. Use sewing to attach items or as a decorative embellishment.