Scrapbooking newbie ? any advice and tips?????

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Posted 11/21/2012 by ashakgratton10 in General Scrappin'

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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:15:46 AM
Just started scrapbooking an album as a Christmas prezzie for my mum, and Im hooked !!!!
I've been shopping for supplies every day for the last 4 days. Are there any tips and tricks of the trade that might be useful?????
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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:28:43 AM
Welcome to the ranks of the addicted scrappers & shoppers-- sounds like you fit right in! I am relatively new and hesitate to give design type advice; I will leave that to the more talented Peas. Instead, I will relay what I wish someone had said to me: Scrap for fun & for yourself / the recipient of your gift album. Do not ever get suckered into the comparison game- use galleries & blogs for inspiration, but not as a stick to beat yourself with if your pages don't immediately measure up.

I found I enjoyed the "honeymoon" period of being a complete novice, then had my confidence knocked by "design team wannabes" who looked down on my work, then I started knocking my own work. It took me a while to get my mojo back after that.

We, the Peas, have plenty of tips & tricks- what would be most helpful to you- tips on tools? Adhesives? Paper trimmers? Help us to help you and again, Welcome & ENJOY!


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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:35:03 AM
Not sure which types of tips and tricks you're looking for, but I will say one thing. Slow down on the shopping until you figure out what your style is. That way you'll avoid a stash of things you will never use.
Also, twopeas has a classes & events section with tons of free videos. Try Memory Keeping Mondays and Glitter Girl. You'll learn a ton!


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Posted: 11/21/2012 9:08:05 AM
I agree with the above poster, don't go crazy shopping! That is a mistake a lot of us have made.

I second the suggestions to watch videos or look through the scrapbooking gallery here to get ideas. You may also be able to get some ideas from books on scrapbooking that you find at your local craft store or the hobby section of a bookstore.

When I started scrapbooking, what I did was find layouts I liked and then copied the design using my own photos and the papers and supplies I had available. Back then I used a magazine, but now a lot of the magazines are out of print so you're more likely to find something in the gallery here.

There is a learning curve to scrapbooking. Don't get frustrated if you don't like your first LOs as much as you like some of the ones done by pros or people with years of experience. The most important thing is getting those stories and photos on paper.

Good luck!


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Posted: 11/21/2012 10:29:55 AM
Aww! Congrats! Yeah I agree on the buying. Bulk buying is a trap. I only buy in bulk 2 things : My absolute favorite brand products and cardstock in only black, kraft (the brown bag looking paper) and white paper.
You are new so don't bulk buy any brand yet. Learn the brands and their styles. Once you know you would be happy if you only had that specific brand then buy their warehouse sales and stuff. But that will really take time.
Same with paper cutters and machines.
This is the best place to learn because there is a lot of FREE videos. Take advantage of that.

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Posted: 11/24/2012 3:35:51 PM
Since you are already on the scrappy shopping bandwagon, here's my tip about supplies:

Get a good storage system going. If you need to SEE your recent purchases in order to get yourself to use them, get some good desktop storage so that everything is close at hand. If you are an organization lover where all like items are together and labelled, check out the scraproom gallery here to see how you can you "bundle" your supplies into organized areas.

The *actual* way you work should determine your storage solutions. Don't just get sucked in to cool storage or pretty storage. Determine what works for *you* and *your style*.

Happy scrappin'!


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Posted: 11/24/2012 4:12:37 PM
i've been scrappin' since 2009, and I have to say, with scrappy supplies, buy basic paper, go to crops for using machines to learn what you like and what you don't. don't get it if you know you won't use it more than once. i have a sizzix i have literally used 1 time. however, my cricut, i have used about a million times... as for paper, I agree, TRY DIFFERENT BRANDS. find one you love and then do the warehouse sales. I love dcwv, but prefer colorbok for textured cardstock... I'm now trying some different brands, and I've found Carta Bella is BEAUTIFUL, so much so that I can't find it in me to cut that stuff yet! what's wrong with me!!!


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Posted: 11/24/2012 4:58:27 PM
My advice would be start with photos that you can print out several times. Don't scrap special older photos for which only one copy exists. I have overheard so many unhappy scrappers talking about a special photo that they cut wrong... You may find that your style really evolves. Wait until you are really comfortable with your scrapping and then tackle the extra special photos. (Scan them so that you will have a copy.)

Otherwise, create and enjoy! Try all sorts of things. Find a scrappy store with crop times so you can try out different tools. (It is so much FUN!)

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Posted: 11/24/2012 5:21:19 PM
I agree with above videos and look in the gallery for ideas. Thers is no right or wrong to scrapbooking. Play around with different ideas until you find your style. Most of all, have fun.

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Posted: 11/24/2012 5:36:05 PM

Slow down on the shopping until you figure out what your style is.

That's what I was going to say. So true!

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Posted: 11/24/2012 6:24:20 PM
Try and take classes at your local scrapbook store. That will expose you to different techniques. Most of all have fun.

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Posted: 11/24/2012 7:53:38 PM
There's NO right or wrong! Don't feel pressured to have the latest "trend"


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Posted: 11/25/2012 1:58:35 AM

I don't know where you live or what types of crafting stores are near you, but if you have a Michael's or Joann's or similar type of store that offers 40% off coupons, use them! I like to use the coupons to buy adhesive and albums and shop a scrapbook for the more unique scrapbooking items like papers and embelishments.

Have fun with it. Scrapbooking is an art form. You will find that your style will change over time and that's OK.


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Posted: 11/25/2012 3:16:34 AM
Using sketches is a great help when you first start scrapping. It takes out the guesswork on balance and design if you follow a "recipe" for your page.

/Margareta I recently gave my paper trend blog a makeover.

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Posted: 11/25/2012 4:23:24 AM
Absolutely don't buy everything now. Find your style first, know what you truly like and will use. It is NOT fun later on, purging out things that make you wonder why you would possibly buy things. Take your time. Your stash will be smaller, but you will love it and use it.

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