Scrapbooking Terms

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Heat Embossing

See: Thermal Embossing

Heat Gun

An electrical appliance used for thermal embossing. Designed to direct heat (in the form of hot air) to a specific area, it reaches high temperatures that forces embossing powders to melt causing a raised surface on a design. A heat gun can also be used to do many other things like drying wet paper, melt wax seal buttons, heat set wet ink and removing double sided tape to name but a few.

Hole Punch

For making holes into paper to add brads, eyelets or ribbon. Hand held paper punches are available in different sizes. 'Anywhere punches' are ideal for making holes in difficult places such as the middle of a page where other hand held punches cannot reach.

Hot Glue Gun

An electrical appliance that holds solid glue sticks in clear, white and a variety of other colours. Some coloured glue sticks even contain glitters. The glue gun heats the glue sticks that can then be applied to any surface through a round nozzle. The melted glue dries rapidly to form a nice effect or can be used to adhere embellishments.

Ink Pad

See: Stamp Pad

Ink-Jet Printer

The popular choice of artists and crafters because they are inexpensive and handy. Ink-jet printers spray ink onto the page which makes the resolution good for reproducing photos and other images. Ink-jet printer inks are not always suitable for archival preservation and are not waterproof. Specialty photo printers are more suited for printing photos for longevity.


An empty book used for writing down daily records of (usually personal) experiences.


Documenting in words and photographs the tapestry of moments and events that make up our life stories. Journal the who, what, where, when and why of the events that you are scrapbooking. Journaling should capture the moment and the emotions that you would like to share with others.


JPEG or JPG is short for 'Joint Photographic Experts Group'. A widely used format for photos and other images. Digital photos are often saved as JPEG's because the files are compressed, making it easy to transmit over the internet and store. JPEG files are lossy meaning that a high compression factor will result in some degradation in the image quality. The compression factor can be set when the image is saved in most reputable graphic editing programs and uses a scale from 1 to 10 where 1 is the least compression and will result in the largest file with very little quality degradation. The new JPEG2000 is an improved version that boasts a host of new features like saving more than one image in a single file and compression that will not degrade the quality.


A set of neatly presented scrapbooking products with full instructions that when completed creates a scrapbooking layout. A quick and easy way to scrapbook your memories since it takes the thinking out of the process. Kits are usually assembled by seasoned professional scrapbookers and is designed to be used with a myriad of themes. A good kit will attempt to teach you at least one new scrapbooking technique. Extra consumables like adhesives, and tools like bone folders are usually not included in the kit.