Newbie Scrapbooker

lawmarNovember 10, 2006

Hi. My name is Mary and I am just beginning to take a serious look at scrapbooking. I usually hang out over at the knitting forum, but want a craft that I can do with my sister, who is a new empty nester and needs to find a hobby. I told her I would enjoy doing scrapbooking with her since it looked like fun. What type of book (scrapbook) do you recommend that we get and what kind of supplies should we have to start with? Thanks a lot!

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I think if you're just starting out and have no supplies at all, a few things to start off would be:

a paper trimmer
maybe a variety of colored cardstock
and a variety of patterned papers (specific to the photos you want to scrapbook)
a variety of embellishments (brads, some ribbon/fibers, buttons, things of that nature)

I would probably recommend a post bound 12x12 scrapbook. They can be purchased at any store that sells scrapbook supplies, including Michaels, Joanns Fabrics, Walmart, Target.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2006 at 1:47PM
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I am partial to the K & Co books (Joann's/Michaels. Oh and Target has a derivitive of K&Co, I think it is Kay). They are great quality and nice designs with coordinating paper and stickers. I also like the 12x12 "leather" albums from CostCo.

For just getting started, I agree with Steph about what to get:
Paper trimmer (I like the 12" Fiskars slicer)
Adhesives (I like the "splits"--little square stickers in a box)
Cardstock and patterned papers
Circle Cutter (mine is Cre@tive Memor!es)
Pens for journaling.

I love to scrapbook but I have been so busy I haven't worked on my books in almost 2 years. Hoping to get back into it soon. Good luck!

    Bookmark   November 14, 2006 at 11:38AM
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I'd also recommend small ink pads such as the Cat's eye ones in brown and black to start. These are used to ink around cardstock for an added dimension.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2006 at 9:46PM
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When I first started out I used three ring binders with acid-free 8.5 x 11 page protectors from Office Max. You can buy a box of 50 for under $10.00 and with the three ring binders you can rearrange the pages much easier.
Good luck.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2007 at 8:20AM
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