Japanese manufacturers have been making the best stationery for decades. It makes sense that Japanese scrapbooking supplies are some of the best that you can find in the market with their unique designs and high quality. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a new or experienced scrapbook lover, Japanese products would definitely improve your scrapbooking. In this blog post, we'll unravel the 10 best Japanese scrapbook supplies, guiding you through the essentials that will make your scrapbook a masterpiece.
The most important scrapbooking supply is the book you choose to use. Generally, you should pick a durable book that can stand the test of time. The Traveler's Spiral Notebook is a great choice because the rings make it easy to flip through pages. Plus, it has a pocket on every page that you can either use to store your photos, tickets and small embellishments or just turn into a regular scrapbook page. It is a great book to help you organize your scrapbook supplies without getting messy. The Traveller Notebook series is also known for its high quality, so it can protect your memories while enhancing the visual appeal of your scrapbook.
There is absolutely no way that you can make a scrapbook without a reliable adhesive. Attaching photos and cutouts is basically what scrapbooking is all about, but to do that, you will need a reliable adhesive. Our favorite suggestion is Tombow's Mono Adhesive Tape. Say goodbye to messy liquid adhesives and embrace the awesomeness of tapes with this Japanese scrapbook supply. This permanent tape comes with an easy applicator that you just roll on the edges of your picture and stick onto your scrapbook. It is also renowned for its strong bond, so your pictures are secured. It is the perfect adhesive for securing your photos and is easy to control.
Sometimes store-bought stickers are enough to make your scrapbook interesting, but there are also many cool pictures from magazines, newspapers, or books that would make the perfect stickers. What do you do in that situation? Easy, cut out the pictures! Using a pair of scissors may not be very effective, especially if you don’t want to destroy the entire page; that's where the Midori scrapbook cutter comes in. This Japanese ceramic blade cutter has a 360-degree rotating blade that allows you to cut out shapes precisely without moving the paper. It is easy to hold, and you can get the tiniest picture cutouts without mistakes.
One key Japanese scrapbooking supply you need is stamps. They add so much more dimension to your scrapbook, and they come in many different shapes and sizes. The problem with regular stamps is you need to buy a reliable inkpad along with your stamp. With the Pochitto keyboard stamp, you can get a cute shape with the push of a button, just like typing with a keypad. No need to worry about an inkpad because you can use each stamp up to 1000 times. Because it’s a set of 6 stamps, that’s 6000 uses! The ink for the stamp is also oil-based, so there will be no smears, and it can hold up against water. It comes in different fun icons like the emoji set and the Sanrio collaboration featuring the most popular Sanrio characters, so there’s a lot to choose from. It is definitely a must-have for your scrapbook.
When buying Inkpads, getting archival ink that would never fade is best for scrapbooking. The Tsukineko's VersaCraft Ink Pad is a Japanese brand known for its vibrant and fast-drying inks, ensuring clear impressions every time. There are various inkpad colors, and it can be used on paper, wood, iron, and fabric. This ink pad is a must-have for adding designs to your scrapbooking projects.
Washi tape has taken over the creative world, and it all started with the Japanese MT Masking Tape company that created these decorative tapes in 2006; this brand has an extensive range of washi tapes with plain, unique colors, geometric, floral, and futuristic patterns that would be elevate your scrapbooking. There are many ways to use washi tape as a Japanese scrapbooking supply; you can use it as an adhesive to keep pictures in place or just for decorations on the borders of pictures.
Picture this: you’ve got an awesome scrapbook that you have spent hours creating, but your pages are not safe because water can ruin your pictures and the entire scrapbook. To prevent such a horrible scenario from happening, you should get a sheet protector for your scrapbook pages. The Maruman sheet protector is the perfect supply to protect your scrapbook sheets from dust, water, and even marks from your fingers. It comes in different sizes and sets of 10 sheets.
When choosing a pen for a scrapbook, it is very important to buy one with archival ink quality. This means that the ink is made to last for a very long time. Scrapbooks are about retaining special memories, so you don’t want what you write to fade any time soon. The Sakura Pigma Micron pen is known for its archival-quality ink and is perfect for adding handwritten details to your photos and letterheadings on the pages. This pen has 10 nib sizes from 0.15mm to 0.70mm, and you get a range of colors to choose from. It is perfect for scrapbooking because it is waterproof and smearproof, so your notes are secure.
What sets the Bande Washi Sticker Roll apart is that it’s washi tape and a sticker roll at the same time. Instead of only getting a washi tape, you get convenient stickers because you can pick out each flower piece on the roll and use it as a sticker. This flexibility opens up different creative uses of this tape, you also get value for your money because, as individual stickers, you can get up to 90 to 200 pieces. They also come in a wide range of designs, from floral patterns and geometric shapes to cute characters. With one sticker roll, you can get up to four unique sticker designs.
Using rounded corners for your photos and pages can give your scrapbook a refreshing look. Instead of doing it manually, use the Japanese Sun-Star's Kadomaru Pro 3-Way Corner Cutter to get three types of corner sizes. This compact tool can cut corners of three sheets of paper at once, and it is so easy to use. All you have to do is insert the paper corner inside the size that you want and press down on the lever. It may not seem like a vital tool, but you’ll find yourself needing it frequently.
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This article was originally written by our freelance writer Umm-Kulthum Abdulkareem and edited by us.