How long have you scrap?
I discovered scrapbooking in 2005, during a TV newscast, but I'm actually launched during spring 2006.

What do you do scrapbooking?
30X30 pages and mini albums.
But as I still have much to learn, I also enjoy trying all sorts of techniques.

What are your favorite colors?
I often use soft, pastel or old and worn colors.
For photos, I love the Sepia.

What brings you scrap?
Relaxation, a way of thinking about nothing else.
But also the pleasure of creating, trying to match colors, space ...

Create something beautiful, and derive a certain pride... although I'm not always happy with the result!

There's also this whole community around the scrap on Internet forums, blogs, contests, challenges, exchanges that allow us to continually grow, learn and share.



Sylvie's good addresses

Download labels:
lescreationsdannecath, Swirlscrap, Edwood

Find sketches and templates
scrapmap, Sketches by Ingrid, Queen geek

See Videos
découvrir le scrapbooking, Online Courses

Create a mini album

Print free newspapers:
The little echo of scrap, scrape

Download all kinds of fonts:
2 peas in a bucket, Dafont, Scrap Village


Sylvie's advice

Buy as and when you need them.

Do not launch immediately into a buying spree. You could find on arrival that the articles are not adapted to your projects.


The equipment to start in scrapbooking

Scissors, pencils, eraser, metal ruler
Glue and adhesive
Cutter Precision
Cutting Mat
Massicot A4 Personal Paper Trimmer


Printed Papers

There are various papers: printed, plain, textured, transparent ....
A huge choice for all tastes and all desires. Their dimensions are 30X30 cm, an American standard. Mostly Sold "acid free" they can preserve photos over time. In this way, they will not yellow.


Small tools


The pencil to draw lines, shapes, and then cut.
The eraser to erase pencil marks.
A metal ruler far better than a plastic one to avoid being damaged by the blade of the cutter.
Conventional scissors and shears for finest small precision cuts .




There is a very wide range of glues and adhesives in scrapbooking stores:
Simple glue stick, glue tube with fine tip for small objects, double-sided adhesive pads, 3D pads to give depth, fabric glue ...
Better is worth to use simplest to begin and buy later according to its needs.


The ideal cutter


The accurate cutter will allow clear cutting of all papers, cardboard and pictures.
This is a truly indispensable tool.




The Eyelet has a small metal round hole in the center that was originally to take a ribbon, lace, cord. The eyelets on shoes are used to get the noose.

In scrapbooking, Eyelets are often among the first purchases. They can serve as the source, to put ribbons or fibers.

They can also be used as simple decorations on a page, but also to establish several papers. Theey exist a wide choice: different shapes, colors and sizes


The fasteners


The fasteners, also called "brads" in English, are also a part of the panoply of the perfect debutante.

They come in different shapes : round, square, like flowers shaped ,leaves, teddy bears, butterflies, fruits ...

Their size can vary from a few millimeters to 2-3 cm.

Ribbons and buttons

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The ribbons and buttons allow to beautifully decorate a page for a relatively low cost. Feel free to rummage through the discount stores and cheap shops.

You can also find a wide choice at the time of Christmas and New years.



The trade marks have developed a large range of ink. There are those who are quick-drying, others are slower drying, which enables precise inking, fine, those who set chalk-like, which are watercolor ...

They allow to age, color, give relief, gloss ... The slow drying allow to work embossing.

You will find a selection on multiple stamp pads, bottles, sprays, for all purposes and all the medias : the paper through the cardboard, wood, fabric, plastic surfaces, glass etc.....


The cutting mat


The cutting mat is also known as "self-healing" carpet because the cutter blade does not abyss it. There is no need to start scrapbooking, but it becomes very quickly. It saves your work surface when you use your cutter.

On the front, most of the time is a very convenient grid which aligns the sheets to make a cut right. It is also anti-slip.

The cutter (paper trimmer)



The cutter is to be bought later, in a 2nd time. It can cut paper and photographs easily and quickly .

In this model a rule unfolds and allows to measure simultaneously the width and height of the paper.

The blades are interchangeable. Some may serve to mark folds.

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Some business links


Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking
Creating Keepsakes, Leisure Arts, Tracy White (Editor)
Introducing the scrapbooker's new best friend...

Encyclopedia Scrapbooking

Beginners and more experienced scrapbookers alike will turn to this hefty new reference guide time...

My opinion : practical and easy to use hand book ! One of the best !

ScrapBook Page Maps
Becky Fleck

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By referring to the sketches in the book, readers can select photos, papers and embellishments and then bring the page together quickly and easily.



Get It Scrapped !
Debbie Hodge

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Get it Scrapped addresses organizing photos in a clear, methodical way that's easy to understand and then analyzing the photos to determine a plan of action for creating layouts.


This page may content commercial links given as examples