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Posted 1/26/2013 by kmplots in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 578,616
January 2013
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Posted: 1/26/2013 3:38:56 PM
Hey, ya'll! I'm new to scrapbooking, and was wondering if there are any common tips or tricks out there to get started? Like paper types, different adhesives? I want to start with little souvenirs I've collected over the years, old school photos, concert stubs, and the likes, to make a memory-type scrapbook.

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PeaNut 70,644
February 2003
Posts: 19,346
Layouts: 785
Loc: Southern California

Posted: 1/26/2013 3:57:57 PM
Welcome to Two Peas and to scrapbooking! There are so many ideas out there, you just kind of have to find one or two and jump right in! I think what you have is a great place to start.

This is how I would scrap what you have. Realize that you are Pea #578,816, so there may be 578,814 other ideas than mine, but maybe mine will help anyhow.

I would look in our gallery for school-themed layouts. You'd get there by going to"gallery" as one of the tabs on the top, "scrapbooking gallery" as one of the menu choices there. From there, you look at the long list to the left, click on more themes, then "school." Only problem is you will get almost 12,000 layouts to look at. At least it's not the 1 or 2 million that are in there total. You can just look at the recent ones and see if any inspire you.

Or you can further narrow the layouts down with some of the other choices, such as colors and embellishments If you know of a word that would help you decide, like say "elementary" you could type that single word in the box at the top of the list and narrow it down only to those that mention "elementary" somewhere. (You can't do elementary school though, or you would get all 12,000 layouts that say school and then some that say elementary and not school as well.

With concerts it would be easier. You'd want to go on the internet and find some pictures of the bands. Print those out, and as long as you don't use them for anything but your own personal use, it's fine to use them in your scrapbook. (You probably will have to print them at home though.) Then use your tickets and the pictures on the page. You can see about 1,700 concert layouts if you type "concerts" in the gallery search box. Or narrow it down using the same process as above.

Also, if you have a scrapbook store or even something like Michael's near you, you could go there, as the store likely would have some kind of school-themed papers and music-themed papers and embellishments. These might inspire ideas, or there might be sample layouts in the store.


PeaNut 541,890
February 2012
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Loc: Orange County, CA

Posted: 1/26/2013 4:01:13 PM
Well, I like thicker, cardstock-weight paper best -- it's more sturdy. Patterns are totally up to you, and there's so much out there.

Adhesive is very much a personal choice thing -- I like the My Stick kind, but some like ATG better (I find it much too large).

There are a lot of tutorials on youtube if you want help -- and any specific questions you have can be answered by the peas.

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Sarah Webb

PeaNut 252,062
March 2006
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Loc: Ontario, Canada

Posted: 1/26/2013 6:17:28 PM
Make sure you have copies of really special pictures! There's nothing worse than making a bad cut and destroying a 'one and only' image. (Scan it if it is not digital, so that if something happens, you have the opportunity to reprint it.) Welcome to the fun!

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PeaNut 366,164
March 2008
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Posted: 1/26/2013 7:10:12 PM
First, I laughed when I saw your title, as I was there once not so long ago. I was curious and I came here and lurked for a long time. I listened to the peas' suggestions to each other, and tested the waters with some old pictures. I learned some lessons the hard way:

Starters: Listen to Sarah W and scan old photos and mementos before you touch them. Don't adhere old originals them by gluing them down, because more than one pea has taken apart their first layouts/albums for do-overs as they found their style. For old originals, use photo corners, cut a slit in the corners of bordering cardstock or use a corner punch for this purpose and tuck in the photos.

Stash: Don't buy it unless you love it! Start with just what you need: a glue runner, a trimmer and scissors, paper. Research here using "Search Forums" and putting "General Scrappin'" in the drop-down menu before buying anything more than $5. The peas have covered it all, and their guidance will save you money and time. Use coupons!

Scrapping: Keep it simple. You are doing this for you, not to complete with the gallery (which continues to amaze me). Keep it fun!

And Welcome!

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PeaNut 43,536
July 2002
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Posted: 1/26/2013 9:07:26 PM
Check out the free class videos here on this site. Lots of great ideas there as well as in the gallery.

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PeaNut 578,616
January 2013
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Layouts: 0

Posted: 1/27/2013 2:40:25 PM
Wow, thank you all! I can tell this is going to be a little adventure So excited to get started! These tips are definitely going to come in handy, especially that picture copying one, I probably would have ended up accidentally ruining some lol.


PeaNut 520,674
September 2011
Posts: 723
Layouts: 7
Loc: Las Vegas, NV

Posted: 1/27/2013 4:25:43 PM

1st rule of scrapbooking. There are no rules! Use the things you like, in a way that makes you happy, and don't compare yourself to anybody else. Enjoy!

Pattern Paper: I prefer non-"big box store"(Michael's, Joann's, HobbyLobby) because the quality is better. Important note: If you see a paper you like in a big box store, it will almost certainly still be there in 6 months (or 6 years) so you don't have to buy their entire selection for fear it won't be there when you come back.

Adhesive: I bought the Tombow when I first started scrapping 10 years ago and I still use Tombow to this day. It has served me well.

Personally, I love the GlitterGirl videos here at two peas. They are informative, she is adorable and her layouts are beautiful. Browse Pinterest, see what you like and don't be afraid to experiment.
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