Putting together an information packet...
Post ReplyPost New TopicPosted 1/11/2013 by Christina Collins in General Scrappin'

Christina Collins

PeaNut 524,162
October 2011
Posts: 755
Layouts: 121
Loc: Virginia

Posted: 1/11/2013 6:25:38 AM
After posting a few of my projects on facebook - a few women in my (very) small town have been asking a lot of questions about scrapbooking. The majority of them said they would be completely interested if I decided to teach a class.

I have an idea of what I am going to do for the class...:
- Provide a kit for two layouts that I will make in advance so I can give them step by step instructions.
- Share basic information about binders, paper trimmers, etc.
- Provide a big information packet about everything they will need to know about scrapbooking.

I need help on the information packet bit!
I want to provide them with as much information as possible. I remember feeling completely lost when I first started to scrapbook and I wished someone would have done the same for me.

Here are my ideas for the information packet so far...:
Tools/Supplies (basic and advanced)
Styles/Finding your style
Commonly Used Terms
Where to shop/Company information
Basic tutorials (like how to make accordion flowers, etc.)

Am I missing anything?
What other information should I provide?

Thanks for the help!


PeaNut 59,895
December 2002
Posts: 791
Layouts: 0
Loc: Winter Park, FL

Posted: 1/11/2013 6:46:19 AM
Keep It Simple Silly

If someone had said that to me when I started it my have helped. I thought I had to have all the tools, paper, fancy styled pages....what was I thinking. Start out simple and slowly find your style. Save your fortune for adhesives, paper, etc.

Good luck you sounds like a GREAT teacher.


PeaNut 426,757
June 2009
Posts: 642
Layouts: 46
Loc: Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Posted: 1/11/2013 6:58:38 AM
I would include a bit about journalling. I think that is something that gets left out when people first start. Even just names, dates and the event.

xoxoxo Sarah


PeaNut 439,654
September 2009
Posts: 1,530
Layouts: 264
Loc: NC

Posted: 1/11/2013 7:00:45 AM
This is very generous of you to do. I would be cautious about giving them too much information and overwhelming them. As Sunshinescrapper says, keep it simple. You might tell them what products you bought that were helpful and most importantly which ones didn't work for you, as an example. Like any hobby, scrapbooking is a trial and error process to figure out your style, the way you want to work and what supplies and tools will be best for you.

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Christina Collins

PeaNut 524,162
October 2011
Posts: 755
Layouts: 121
Loc: Virginia

Posted: 1/11/2013 3:57:47 PM
Thanks everyone! Your tips are coming in handy while I put this packet together.
I really hope it's a success.


PeaNut 537,664
January 2012
Posts: 110
Layouts: 11

Posted: 1/11/2013 4:09:31 PM
There's a free 'Learn to scrapbook' class on scrapbook.com right now. That may help you figure out how much info to include.
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Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 340,335
October 2007
Posts: 6,231
Layouts: 1
Loc: Colorado

Posted: 1/11/2013 5:02:30 PM
A list of scrapbooking websites they can visit to see different styles (with 2Peas on the top of the list, of course), also manufacturer websites that have inspiration. And be sure they know to look in the "gallery" section of the sites- if they're not familiar with crafty websites, they may not know where all the good stuff is hiding. Maybe a list of your favorite Boards on Pinterest? Books and magazines your library would have (although these you could check out and bring to your class to show them).



PeaNut 570,798
October 2012
Posts: 85
Layouts: 12

Posted: 1/12/2013 9:00:14 AM
When I made my first layout a fre months ago, I was very frustrated by how often I had to stop and buy basic stuff, like adhesives, a black ink pad, alphabet stickers, etc. And then I needed a sheet protector! Really basic stuff, but things that were easy to forget. Are you going to charge for the class? If so, when you assemble your kit, don't forget the "infrastructure" items.

You might also want to include a list of blogs and forums. As a new scrapper, I get a ton of inspiration and ideas from sites like 2peas and others.

This is such a great idea! Good luck!


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