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Scrapbook Tools and Materials

Martha Stewart Living, January 2006

Rub-On Letters and Numbers
These come in a range of fonts and sizes. Easy to apply (rub them with the accompanying stick, and the characters will transfer to the paper underneath), the letters and numbers can be used to print names, dates, and more onto pages.

Store-Bought Scraps
Scraps come in all forms. Maps and printed papers can be used as backgrounds or to create pockets. Old-looking scraps (the seed label shown here) are available from scrapbook stores. Flea markets can yield old postcards if your own keepsake box doesn't.

Transform these stationery-store supplies into tiny frames for photographs (color-photocopy the pictures, cut to size, and glue to surface). You can also use the tags as write-on labels. Fasten to pages with brads or grommets.

Rub-On Borders
These decorative mimics of sewing machine stitching and calligraphic flourishes can be used to keep pages looking lively. Apply them around photos and scraps.

Photo Adhesive Tape and Photo Corners
Acid-free double-sided photo tape is safe to use on photos. Photo corners provide another way to mount pictures without damaging them, and they give a scrapbook a vintage feel.

Basic Tools
Keep a pencil on hand to make marks, a white (or other light-colored) gel pen to label dark pages, a bone folder to neatly score and fold pages or inserts, and a ruler to take measurements and neatly position scraps.

Labels and Airmail Envelopes
Use a utility knife to cut out the centers of labels while keeping the decorative borders intact; you can use them as frames for small photos. Airmail envelopes can be used to create evocative mini albums for travel scrapbooks.

Rubber Stamp
Press these tools into colorful or metallic inks and use them to add words, numerals, or artistic details to album pages.

Vintage Papers
Available at scrapbook stores, these faded papers can be used as backgrounds for smaller scraps and to make pockets.

Grommets, Setter, and Hammer
Grommets can be used to secure tags, pockets, and other sturdy scraps to pages permanently.

Brads and Jump Rings
These fasteners come in traditional brass, and in bright colors and even whimsical shapes. They can be used the same way as grommets but are removable. Jump rings are little metal loops that can be used to suspend items from brads.

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