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where do I start?

Posted by eliza_ann ( on
Mon, Feb 23, 04 at 13:54

I'm thinking of doing a scrapbook of my GD,who is 4,but don't know the first thing about how to get started.
Are there certain things that I need to purchase immediately?If that is the case,what items do I need to start with.I have a Michaels store close by,but it looks intimidating when I look at all the materials available.
I'd appreciate any and all suggestions....Eliza ann

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RE: where do I start?

You can do this a couple of ways. You can find a CM consultant that can help you with your need list and how to do it. You can also go to Michael's and buy a book on beginning scrapbooking. There are several really good ones on the market. There are also books out there especially for scrapbooking kids pages. Go to your local book store as well and look through their selection. You will get some great ideas from them. There are definately some do's and dont's.

There are also some great websites that provide layouts on line. Go to Google and type in Scrapbooking. You will be amazed at what you will find. I am in Michigan and I found a channel on cable called Do It Yourself (DIY) and they have a scrapbooking program that I have gotten great ideas from. Better yet, login to and click on crafts/scrapbooking and they will show what was covered in all the shows they have had as well as all kinds of helpful suggestions. There are also scrapbooking magazines that will give you great ideas and a listing of websites to check out.

You can purchase expensive supplies, but you can also get by with less expensive items. Stickers and stamps are great ways to add meaning and decoration to your pages.

I started scrapbooking in October. I went to a CM party about 6 months earlier and bought the medium starter kit. Several of my friends had been trying to get me into this for several years. I resisted because I didn't have any spare time at that time and I thought that you needed to be creative to do it. I finally gave in and went to a weekend cropping party. What a great time I had and I found out that you don't have to be creative. There is so much out there to help you design your pages. I am totally obsessed with it now.
Your granddaughter will treasure the album you make for her and you will too. Good luck and keep me posted on what you find.


RE: where do I start?

The first thing you need to do is organize your photos into years, subjects etc. Then come and visit me! There are so many tips and techniques that will make your pictures stand out. Warning though it is addicting.

RE: where do I start?

Heather, you are so right. When I first started, I didn't have my pictures organized and it took me a whole day to sort through my boys soccer pictures before I could even begin to work on layouts. Over the 2003 Christmas break, I pulled out all the boxes of pictures and organized them into subjects and years, so I am all set from this point on. I guess I thought I was the only one who threw their pictures in the photo envelopes into a box!!!

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