|A Beginner's Guide to Essential Scrapbooking Materials|
|(This is me being stressed over my idiotness.)|
1. Definitely buy a kit. Michael's Craft Stores has tons of them... they contain coordinating paper, embellishments, and a scrapbook with 10 page protectors (which will give you 20 layouts front and back). The best thing about kits is that you'll be able to see what type of embellishments you like to work with and then you can buy more of those, and you'll have lots of things that are automatically coordinated with each other. Some kits also come with layout ideas. The one below is from K & Company and can be purchased on Scrapbuck.com for $9.00!!! For ideas on how to make layouts once you have your kit, check out Scrapbooking Kits & Coordinating Paper.
2. Get a good paper trimmer. I like the one by Fiskars... it can be purchased on Amazon for $14.50. If you want to read more about my love affair with Fiskars, and for tips on how to use it, check out why Fiskars are Your Friends.
3. Get a glue dot roller. I like the one made by Scotch because it's sticky enough to "stick" - but if you have an "oh, shit!" moment, you can still safely pull the item off the page. You can also get larger glue dots which are more heavy duty. I suggest a dot roller versus the adhesive square rollers... those tend to get alllll tangled up which, frankly, makes me want to pull my hair out. You can buy this one for about $11.00.
4. Get a skinny black marker/pen for journaling. I like the fine tip Sharpies.
5. For free layout designs, visit scrapbooksetc.com -- they have tons of ideas. I spent about $30 on a book (but not the book I reference below... that book is WELL worth the money!) and wish I'd just done some hunting on the web first. But if you really are looking for a book that will give you inspiration, be sure to pick up 52 More Scrapbooking Challenges.