25 essentials for the diyer, customizer, and scrapbooker

It’s no secret that many people enjoy being creative and making things their own. Whether it’s through do-it-yourself projects, customizing their clothing or accessories, or scrapbooking cherished memories, these individuals thrive when they can personalize their lives. If you’re one of those people, then this blog post is for you! We’ve put together a list of 25 essentials that every DIYer, customizer, and scrapbooker should have on hand.

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A Good Quality Scissors

This may seem like a no-brainer, but having a good pair of scissors is essential for anyone who likes to DIY, customize, or scrapbook. Not only will they help you achieve precise cuts, but they’ll also last longer than cheaper options.

An Adhesive

Whether you prefer glue or tape, having an adhesive on hand is key for any project. It’ll help you keep things in place while you’re working and make sure your finished product looks neat and tidy.

A Cutting Mat

A cutting mat is a must-have for anyone who does a lot of cutting, whether it’s for scrapbooking or other crafts. They protect your surfaces from scratches and provide a stable, even surface to work on.

A Ruler

A ruler is another tool that seems obvious, but is essential for achieving straight cuts and precise measurements.

A Pencil

A pencil comes in handy for sketching out ideas or taking notes while you’re working. Plus, it’s always good to have a backup writing utensil on hand in case your main one runs out of ink or breaks.

A Eraser

Mistakes happen, but fortunately an eraser can help fix them! Having an eraser on hand will help you make corrections without ruining your project.

Colored Pencils or Markers

Whether you prefer colored pencils or markers, it’s always good to have a few on hand for adding details and personalization to your projects.

Patterned Paper

Patterned paper is perfect for scrapbooking, card making, and other crafts. It adds interest and texture, and can really make your projects pop.

Solid Cardstock

Solid cardstock is another must-have for crafters. It’s great for making your own cards, invitations, and more. Plus, it’s sturdier than regular paper, so it’ll hold up better over time.

Washi Tape

Washi tape is a type of decorative tape that comes in a variety of colors and patterns. It’s perfect for scrapbooking, gift wrapping, and other crafts.


Ribbon is another versatile crafting material that can be used for a variety of projects. You can use it to wrap gifts, make bows, or add embellishments to scrapbook pages.


Buttons are a great way to add interest and detail to any project. They come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and styles, so you’re sure to find the perfect ones for your project.


Fabric is another versatile crafting material that can be used for a variety of projects. You can use it to make clothes, accessories, quilts, and more.

A Sewing Machine

If you’re planning on doing any sewing, then a sewing machine is an essential piece of equipment. It’ll save you a lot of time and hassle when compared to hand-sewing.

A Hot Glue Gun

A hot glue gun is perfect for attaching embellishments, fabric, ribbon, and more. It’s much faster than traditional glue, and the bonds it creates are stronger.

Scrapbook Albums

Scrapbook albums are a must-have for anyone who loves to scrapbook. They provide a safe place to store your memories and allow you to display your work in a professional-looking way.

Storage Bins

Storage bins are perfect for organizing all of your crafting supplies. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, so you’re sure to find ones that fit your needs.

A Camera

A camera is essential for taking pictures of finished projects, special events, and cherished memories. Plus, it’s always good to have backup photos in case something happens to your originals.

A Computer

A computer is helpful for storing digital photos, designing scrapbook pages, and keeping track of ideas. Plus, it’s a great way to stay connected with other crafters via social media and online forums.

Sticker Sheets

Sticker sheets are perfect for scrapbooking, card making, and other paper crafts. They add instant color and interest, and can really make your projects pop. Custom die cut sticker sheets are also great for branding and marketing purposes.

Extra Supplies

It’s always good to have extra crafting supplies on hand, just in case you need them. That way, you’ll never be caught without what you need to finish a project. These include things like extra ribbon, buttons, fabric, and patterned paper.

Sparkle and Glitter

A little bit of sparkle and glitter can really take a project to the next level. It’s perfect for adding some pizzazz to scrapbook pages, cards, and other paper crafts. Just be sure to use it sparingly, as too much can be overwhelming.

Cricut Machine

If you’re into scrapbooking, card making, or other paper crafts, then a Cricut machine is an essential piece of equipment. It can cut out shapes, letters, and other designs with precision, which will save you a lot of time and effort.


Photoshop is a great way to edit photos, create scrapbook pages, and design projects. It’s also helpful for resizing photos and adding text to them.


A printer is essential for printing out photos, patterns, and other project templates. Plus, it comes in handy for printing labels, tags, and other supplies. Also, consider investing in a good photo printer if you plan on printing a lot of photos.

A Good Attitude!

Last but not least, a good attitude is essential for any DIYer, customizer, or scrapbooker. Crafting can be frustrating at times, but remember that it’s supposed to be fun! So relax, enjoy the process, and don’t be afraid to experiment.

Photo by Senjuti Kundu on Unsplash

These are just a few essential supplies for the DIYer, customizer, and scrapbooker. With these items on hand, you’ll be well on your way to creating beautiful projects that you’ll cherish for years to come.

** This was a contributed post

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