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Corinne - posted on 08/05/2010
Buy a magazine...Copy a page or 2 to get ur confidence.That first page is always a stress and once you jump into it you will realise how silly it was to worry. After a while ur own idea's will just flow... you will also know what techniques you like.
I remember feeling clueless when I first started.
Also remember that there is no right or wrong when it comes to scrapbooking.
Hope this helps :)
Sheena - posted on 09/13/2010
Well I do scrapbooking off and on, but I just started by picking up the stuff and taking out some photos i REALLY loved of my kids and worked on those pages. I did a page for their first laugh,tooth,steps, etc..and now I'm doing the school page. Just go from an idea of what u want it to be..I did all my kids firsts..or u can do it on memorable moments like holidays or birthdays..anything like that..hope that helps!!
Misty - posted on 09/10/2010
so you aren't too overwhelmed, and might not want to spend a lot of money up front incase you don't enjoy scrapbooking, you can buy page kits that will do two or three pages, it'll give you everything that you need it in (like 2 pieces of background paper, boarders, stickers, etc)...then all you need are your pictures and some glue to piece it all together...i love scrapbooking! you will too once you get into it!
Kellie - posted on 09/01/2010
I just began scrapbooking a couple of months ago after four years of procrastination. I visited many websites to get layout idea, but the one that helped me the most was scrapbook.com. I knew that I wanted to do scrapbooks of my children, which figuring out what direction you're going in is the hardest part. I then went through my pictures and found other layouts I liked similar to the scenery or event that relayed in my pictures and went from there. I had been collecting embellishments (stickers, vellum sayings, chip board, ribbon) over the years, but I found it cheaper to purchase things off ebay than any where else. I purchased an album, a trimmer, a book of various cardstock colors, and some adhesive and went from there. Good luck!!
Nicole - posted on 08/28/2010
If you live in the green bay area there is a scrapbooking shop here that has classes or they have what is called crop night every other friday night and you bring your stuff to work on and the ladys that go are very helpful. If you are the store is called creation galore
Dawn - posted on 08/14/2010
I seen your question, I just thought I would add this, and i seen it a few other places. I use binders and clear sleeves that protect the pages. They have nice cardstock in 8x10 or the sleeve size. You can use fabric or decorate paper in the front as a cover. These are cheaper ways to do it if you wanted to but they still look really nice. Began with sorting pictures and figuring out a theme which is the hardest for me. Once you do its easier. hope u getting on with it well. take care
Michelle - posted on 08/10/2010
Take a class: at your local Michaels, JoAnnes or Hobby Lobby. a class online at Scrapbook.com or Big Picture: look at all the great layouts in galleries.
Sort your pictures and jump in to a hobby that is addictive, fun and will last a lifetime.
Chandra - posted on 08/08/2010
Do you want to do traditional "cut & paste" scrapbooking or digital? Decide that first and then go from there. Take one step at a time. Everyone's ideas have been wonderful, though I started with Creative Memories and decided it was too confining, I wanted more choices and ended up quickly going to places like dedicated scrapbooking stores, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc. for my supplies. I spent less money, got more variety and quantity and was just as pleased with the quality.
Most of all - HAVE FUN! Don't stress about it - aim for a page or two a day - but realize it might be weeks between pages.
I am years behind, but I don't scrap in chronological order. I choose my subject or event that I scrap based on what I feel like scrapping on a particular day.
I also changed from "cut & Paste" to digital a few years ago - and I LOVE it - I can pick it up and put it down without set up time and cleanup! And I get to reuse things over and over that I really like - but only pay once for it! I use Photoshop CS5 for building my pages - but there are many simpler, user friendly for "newbies" digital scrap programs too - even some online ones.
Christine - posted on 08/05/2010
Need someone to hold your hand and walk you through the process contact a Creative Memories consultant in your area. You can find one by going to www.creativememories.com and putting in your zip code. I am sure the consultant you find would be happy to help walk you through the process. Plus, the products are high quality and nice. So once you project is complete it will be around for generations to enjoy.
Heather - posted on 08/05/2010
go to walmart or hobby lobby and get a scrap book which is empty. then buy packs that are prepared or singles to start. my choice would be hobby lobby its the best. the stickers & everything are great. u buy the single sheets then u pick ur pics and start. i have three albums now i love it
First get your pictures together. Then decide on your style or as a beginner you might want to start with premade kits. If you want to remember that just like starting any other hobby, your big expenses will be in the beginning. That being said, there is soooooo much out there and you don't need it all (at least yet-lol). Start with the basics - a personal trimmer, adhesives (do not use regular glue), decorative paper (do not use regular construction paper - you are looking for scrapbooking acid and lignin free), and an album. Creative Memories also has a great help zone (www.creativememories.com) with lots of online tutorials and information.
Michelle - posted on 07/30/2010
Sort though your pictures and figure out what ones you want to add, get yourself a scrapbook, paper, paper trimmer, glue or tape runner, stickers, and anything else in the scrapbook section you like, and give it a whirl! There is no right or wrong way! I tend to look at www.scrapbooksetc.com for idea's- they have page sketches and tell you about different products. Good luck and have fun!
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