Jamie - posted on 08/01/2010
Another suggestion to save you money! If you have a scrapbook store near you, Joanns & Michaels are great, take the pictures you want to scrap with you to the store. Only by products (paper, die cuts, stickers) for those pages. You can certainly go crazy buying all the cute supplies. But if you take the pics with you, you are more likely to stay focused. Another tip: use the Michaels & Joanns coupons to buy the bigger, more costly items. It will save you lots of money. If you find you enjoy scrapping, buying the cricut is a great investment. It costs more up front (ebay has the best deals) but it saves in the long run on time & money. You can make all your own diecuts and make them in colors that match your pages exactly!
Gene Ann - posted on 07/31/2010
You can also go to www.creativememories.com and do a search for a consultant in your zip code area. Many of us have websites where you can purchase products, including beginner sets and product bundles at reduced prices, plus a free help section with all kinds of ideas.
I love the power palettes that have 12x12 paper, precut photo mats and journal boxes, title stickers, ABC's, and paper embellishments all coordinated and bundled together at a cost savings for you. And, you don't waste time going from store to store and buying product that doesn't match what you already have. Add a photo-safe album, 12" rotary trimmer, tape runner, and black fine tip pen, and you've got all you need to complete an album.
Rakki - posted on 07/27/2010
Visit a few stores and look at their basics kit, depending on the type of scrap book you want to do it can be costly. I started buying every thing individually and then found out allot of places and companies have kits at a reduced price, My fav brands are Kassazz (home shopping), Kaszer Kraft (most craft stores) and Creative Memories (home shopping) Big W, K-mart and Target all have small sections dedicated to scrap booking and card making as well and they are good for first timers to give it a go without spending a bundle. Good luck and happy scrap booking.
Nicole - posted on 07/24/2010
Another suggestion - I've found myself behind a few times on my scrapbooking when its a busy week with my kids. Have a pad and something to write with if an idea comes to you or if there is something happens that you want to journal about - and don't forget to write the date! Many times I've looked at a photo or a comment and couldn't remember when it was taken or written. Get some really good scissors too, if you'd like to create your own embellishments.
Amanda - posted on 07/22/2010
An album, pages and page protectors are obviously important. A straight trimmer ( I love my fiskars), a photo safe marker and adhesive. I generally use a atg gun or zig 2 way for small items. I love paper and have tons of it but mainly use cardstock to make accents but i'm a simple srapbooker. These are basic things that will get you started. Now I have tons and tons of scrapbooking "gadgets" and love playing with them. I love the CM cutting system and use it to trim and mat my pics often. I have a cricut to cut all my letters for titles and accents without having to buy tons of stickers. This item is costly but I use it for so much more than scrapbooking. Something important to remember if you are trying to save money is to use coupons. Michaels, AC Moore, Joanns, etc all have coupons and several will honor competitors coupons. They adhesives and storage items are always on sell. Wait til paper is on sale. I do use the local scrapbooking store, but hate to pay over $2 for a sheet of paper unless it will add something amazing to my page. For ideas, look up ideas online (twopeasinabucket.com) is an easy way to look up others ideas. It has different styles all in one place as well as so many. Scraplift their ideas and make them your own. Good luck!
Lisa - posted on 07/18/2010
Everyone has given great advice.. but dont forget to make sure whatever you are using is acid and lignin free. thats the most important thing to know when you first start scrapping. Also I recomend getting Cherish from Close to My Heart.. they sell it at Michaels and ACMOORE.. great page layout ideas or even a scrapbooking magazin to help.
I like to shop at Jo-Ann Fabrics, Micheals, Archiver's, and the Scrapbook Store (though a little more pricey). What I like to do when I am making a page is to take the photos with me to the store, as well as the paper that I am putting the pictures on. I prefer the 12x12. Then I pick which embellishments go well with the layout. I use ribbon, jewels, flowers, lettering with stickers, etc. I try to pick embellishments that I think I will use again and not just a one time thing, unless it's for a special event, such as the 4th of July. For Kaylee's 4th of July pages, I am also using things from the day, such as a mini 4th of July flag. It is great when you can find items for free to work with. Also you can sign up online on each of the places you go to for coupons and there are coupons in the mail on Sunday in the newspaper for micheals and jo-ann fabrics for 30-40% off one item.
I second what Sara says. I love CM's tools and albums. You might want to see if you can find a local consultant. I'm sure she would be thrilled to come help you get started and teach you the ropes. She might (as many of us do) hold monthly crops that you could attend. The best way to learn is from other people. You could get ideas, tips, and help with your pages. Good luck and have fun.
Michelle - posted on 07/13/2010
a trimmer, a good pair of scissors, adhesive, and selection of paper. Any embellishments that please your eye or go with your pictures. A good pen for journaling. I like Fiskars trimmer, Vario adhesive, Zig glue pen and Millenium pens but there are many good manufactures out there. One that will meet your needs and budget. If you are new to Scrapbooking a local craft store may have SDU classes. These are scrapbooking classes and part of the curriculum is to help put together a kit for beginners
Sara - posted on 07/12/2010
There are a few "must haves"... A straight cutter of some sort - I prefer a smaller cutter for my photos (Creative Memories makes a "personal trimmer" that I use) and I also use a 12inch for cutting paper. I also use the Custom Cutting System from CM to make circles and ovals from photos and paper, but that might be an "extra" that is not completely necessary. You'll also need a tape runner or adhesive of some sort. Of course some paper to create with - if you're just starting you might want to find a kit. Personally I find a lot of the pre-made kits have extra embellishments that I would never use. Probably some scissors for those extra/smaller cuts. And don't forget a photo-safe pen! Journaling is such an important part of scrapping, even if your journals are as simple as who/what/when etc. And make sure you get a great album to put it all in. I cringe when I see beautiful pages in an album that is falling apart or barely hanging on - and it's kinda scary how often I see that! I prefer the strap-hinge albums over the post bounds type. The pages lay flat, instead of buckling in the middle. Most of my stuff is CM since I'm a consultant. I would say the big things I wouldn't use from other companies are the albums, tape runner, and the cutting tools. Of course I love our paper etc, but other companies make photo safe paper that looks nice too. If you're interested, you can check out more about CM at www.creativememories.com or let me know if you have any questions.
Have fun scrapping!
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