We all love to find great gifts for our loved ones, but it can be hard to pick out exactly what they want, especially when it comes to scrapbooking! Sometimes the best presents are the ones that show we pay attention to their passions.
With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about gift ideas for scrapbookers. Whether you are looking for ideas for your own wishlist or ideas to buy something for your favorite scrapbooker, this 2017 Holiday Gift Guide will have a little something for everyone.
In this gift guide, I’ve included products & tools, printers, craft room decor and storage, and gift cards and subscription ideas. Take a look and I hope you’ll be able to find something you love.
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Products & Tools
There are so many product and tools that you could buy this holiday season for your favorite scrapbooker! These tools are perfect staples to have on hand for projects of all sizes – crafting, scrapbooking, card making, and so much more!
The Fuze Tool is a great gift for any scrapbooker who loves to idea a photo pocket Scrapbooking system (like Project Life). The Fuze tool allows you to modify the photo pocket pages by fuzing additional flip pockets to the outside. It also lets you crop down pockets to customize the size of your photo pocket pages. It’s a great compliment to the photo pocket system and gives you more flexibility in the page protectors.
Xyron 510 Sticker Maker
The Xyron brand has many different sticker making machines, but the 510 size is a perfect start to add to any scrapbooker’s collection. The machine allows you to create stickers up to 5 inches wide. Many scrapbookers, crafters, card makers, and planner addicts like to use it for their projects. It’s an easy to use machine and the refills are also inexpensive.
The at-home cutting machines are a great investment for any scrapbooker and crafter. You can cut on different types of material, print and cut your own designs, or use templates. The two main options that are hot on the market are the Cricut Explore Air 2 and the Silhouette Cameo 3. Both companies have computer programs that allows you to make your project and send it to the cutting machine. The options are endless with a cutting machine and although it is higher priced, it is well worth the investment. Want to know more about the Cricut Explore Air 2? I wrote a review of my machine when I upgraded.
A game changer for many scrapbookers is having an at-home printer. There are many different options, but having an at-home printer really helps busy scrapbookers get their projects done. There are two different categories to choose from: Mini-Printers and Full Size Printers. Both offer great options and I have included the tried and true printers that many scrapbookers use and love.
The Instax printer is the new polaroid that is loved by everyone who wants a little nostalgia feeling in their layouts. The prints are approximately 2×3 and includes the white Polaroid frame. Although they are smaller than the original 1980s Polaroid, it gives a new-retro feel to any project. You can purchase the Instax camera, which is more like a traditional polaroid camera that spits out the print as soon as you take it. But, I found that I love the Instax Printer much more for my scrapbooking purposes. It syncs to your phone via bluetooth and you can pick your photo, edit and crop your image in the Instax app, and then decide to print the polaroid when you are ready. Instax refill films come in packs of 10 and you can find some great bundles to get multiple packs at one time.
Selphy Photo Printer
The Canon Selphy Photo Printer allows you to print 4×6 photos at home with decent quality. It’s a smaller printer, so it also easy to move around or take on trips. In the standard package there is only a sample size amount of prints and ink, so be sure to purchase an additional cartridge. The cartridge refill comes with both the ink and photo paper. The pack includes 108 sheets of photo paper and costs a little less than $0.30 per print. The Selphy mini printer is a cost effective option for the casual scrapbooker to print up to 4×6 photos.
Full Size Printers
Canon Pixma MG7720
The Canon Pixma Printer is a widely used printer in the scrapbooking community for printing as large as 8.5×11 photos. It is used by Ali Edwards for her 6×8 images (printed on 8.5×11 paper and then trimmed down). You must purchase the ink and paper separately. The recommended photo paper used by many is a made by Epson and you can buy a ream of 50 sheets of 8.5×11 photo paper which comes in around $0.70 per sheet. With the additional cost of the ink per sheet, this printer would be best to use for printing images larger than 4×6. You could also combine up to three 4×6 images on one sheet to cut down the cost.
Epson Surecolor P400
The Epson Surecolor Printer is the biggest at home printer you can find and prints up to 13×19 in size. It is great for anyone who wants to print their 12×12 digital scrapbook pages at home. The price is much higher due to the size, but the options for scrapbooking purposes are unlimited. The photo paper comes in a pack of 20 sheets in size 13×19, which can then be cut down to size. I would only recommend this printer for the serious digital scrapbooker who wants to print at the 12×12 size at home.
Craft Room Decor and Storage
You can’t forget about the craft room decor and storage for your loved ones! Every crafter’s dream is to work in an inspired and organized space. From signs to shelving units to the ultimate storage option, you can find some great gift ideas.
Heidi Swapp LightBox and Accessories
The Heidi Swapp LightBox is a great modern decoration for a crafting space. To decorate the LightBox, you need to purchase the accessory kits that are sold separately. When put together there are so many cute ideas on Pinterest on how to decorate the LightBox. Check out the Mega Pack Letters, the Icon Inserts, and the Holiday Inserts to start.
Ikea Kallax Shelves
Storage is an important part to the organization of a crafting space. The Ikea Kallax Shelves are a perfect fit for 12×12 albums, which makes them a cut above many other cube shelving for scrapbookers. The shelves are very sturdy and thick and they are fairly easy to put together. If you are able to check out an Ikea, I would highly recommend getting these shelves. The 2 row shelf is my favorite, but they have a lot of different options.
The Original WorkBox
If you haven’t heard of the Scrapbooking WorkBox, you are totally missing out. This one is more of a big wish list item, but man oh man, if this is under your Christmas Tree – I am jealous! The Her HobbyBox Scrapbook version has been a dream craft room organization for many years. The original Her HobbyBox (scrapbook version) is available by the manufacturer on Amazon. If you are looking for different styles or smaller WorkBox options, their website has a few different products. Seriously though, if you get any of their products, let me know – I want to hear all about it! (Psst – want to see this baby in action, Check out Bullet Journal and Hand Lettering Artist Kara Benz from Boho Berry. She did a full blog post about ordering and organizing her own WorkBox. Let the drooling commence!)
Gift cards & Subscriptions
Last but not least, you can always find some great gift card and subscription options that any scrapbooker would love as a gift. I’ve split it out into Gift Cards for bigger stores, Gift Certificates for online shopping and designers, and Gift Subscriptions.
For in-person shopping, the best places to get gift cards are Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnns. You also want to be sure to support any local scrapbook stores. Stop in to see if they offer gift cards. Amazon and Etsy are both great online shopping gift card options.
Another good option is an iTunes or Google Play gift card. If they love to scrapbook digitally or take photos on their phone, they likely can find some great apps for editing their photos. One of the apps that is great for scrapbooking (and I recommend if they haven’t heard of it), is the Project Life App for Scrapbooking. The App costs to purchase and there are also in-app purchases, so an iTunes or Google Play gift card would be perfect.
More great options for gift certificates are specific companies and scrapbooking brands. There are many of products that are on trend or follow a specific designer that are great options.
– Becky Higgins Shop with Project Life products in physical and digital formats and other home line products like wrapping paper, notebooks, and more to come.
– Ali Edwards Shop has many items with her mini-projects like December Daily, Week in the Life, Day in the Life, other products. The gift certificates can even be used towards the subscription kits she offers in her shop.
– Studio Calico Shop has on trend products, themed products, and specific designer products. You can use their gift certificates to pay for any of their subscription kits. The kits range from Scrapbooking products, Project Life products, Planner products, and Stamp products.
– The Scrapbook.com Shop is the main online resource which has a massive amount of product available. Imagine it as your online scrapbook warehouse that has papers, embellishments, stamps, die-cuts, tools, specialty products, and anything else you can imagine.
– Persnickety Prints offers gift certificates that can be setup with their team. There is no direct link to purchase a gift certificate, but you can email them to purchase one as a gift. Persnickety Prints offers superior quality printed photos, with multiple options for sizes and filters. They also have posters, templates, cards, and much more! The prints are processed with the highest level of care and are also waterproof. Check out their website for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a gift certificate.
For those scrapbooking friends who like to dabble in a little more than just memory keeping, you can purchase gift subscriptions to online creative learning resources. Two of my favorite are SkillShare and CreativeBug. They both offer crafting, design, painting, drawing, sewing, and the list goes on and on. They offer bite sized courses and mini-project classes that can usually be completed in just a couple of hours. If you are looking for a premium trial instead for yourself, you can check out SkillShare here for 2 months of premium for $0.99 or check out Creative Bug here for a 2-week trial.
Now It’s Time to Shop!
I hope this Scrapbooker’s Holiday Gift Guide gave you a few ideas for your loved ones this holiday season. If you are the scrapbooker in the family, maybe you even got a few ideas to add to your wish list.
Let me know in the comments what items are on your holiday wish list or what was one of your favorite scrapbooking gifts you ever received.
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to lead your best creative life today 🙂