How do I get started?

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Registered: 07-07-2011
How do I get started?
Fri, 11-09-2012 - 3:53pm

Hello :)

I have a confession to make, I'm so intimidated every time I get up the courage to look at scrapbooking material  that I just don't know where to start.  There is a lot of merchandise at stores that looks so tempting, but I'm at a total loss on how to even put a scrapbook together.  What is the best way to get started with it?  My kids are getting older, pictures are sitting on my computer not getting appreciated or looked at.  Help!


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Registered: 03-18-2002
Sun, 11-11-2012 - 9:50am

Hi rangerfan2011 and welcome to Scrapbook Central!  Another board member asked me to post this for her as she is having some problems with the board.


hello Rangerfan.
it is nice to see you here. The best way that I would get started, is start with a kit. These range in price, so you should be able to find something that suits you. You can buy these at Michael's, Joanne's,
Hobby Lobby, Archivers and on-line stores like 2peasinabucket. These kits come with directions and sketches to help you get started. All you would née to buy in addition are a good pair of scissors, archival tape (you can buy his at the stores mentioned above.) and an album. I would use these first to see if you enjoy s rapping booking without investing to much. Most of the places also offer class's to get you started. If you do decide you like scrapbooking I would the. Invest in a good paper trimmer. All of these places has classes going on. Archivers has the most, probably. You can also take classes from on- lines places too. I will have to go look them up for you. There all also sketches that you can follow, page maps if you will. And then the sky in the limit, there is no right or wrong to scrapbooking. To some it is an art form, to others, it is about getting the stories written and some it is a way to organize photos. I hope this helps. I am sure the others will chime in with links and ideas a as well. Good luck and please share your work when you finished you first page. We would love to see it.


I'm on my way out of the house right now, but will be back to share my 2 cents this afternoon.


Karens siggy
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Registered: 01-07-2003
Sun, 11-11-2012 - 11:23am
Welcome to the board! :) The board just went through a bunch of changes and they are still working the bugs out. that is why you don't see many of us here right now. normally we do a ton of posting each day. Well you might trying browsing some galleries to see if you can find a style you like. like at Or look at sketches, these are one of the easiest ways to get started. those will get you started. They give you easy to follow road maps to make a page. sketch support has lots you can print off the site and theirs comes with all measurements. As far as the supplies, there are millions of different ones! its best to start with some basic cardstock (bazzill is my favorite) and some patterened papers you like. . The companies that make those are endless and you will just have to find your style. If you like to shop on line amazon is a good place to get stuff especially if you are a prime member and get free shipping. if you have michaels joanns or hobby lobby near by you can get alot there and they all offer weekly coupons. I would suggest making some pages before picking an album. I started with one album type 9 years ago when I first started scrapping and really wish I had taken some time before picking one. I now use post bound albums but I do change out the posts for the pioneer straps :) adhesive get the 3m Advanced tape glider. 'ATG' we all love it and overall its chepaer in the long run and there is less waste. it is expensive to buy- get it at M's with a 50% off coupon :) and then I only buy refils with a coupon as well. Ok I feel like I have rambled long enough and probably gave you too much info. Feel free to post as much as you want and we will do everything we can to help you get rolling. Look forward to hearing from you again soon. Stacy