Kick off the new year just right!

For all of you newbie scrappers out there, I have compiled a “Beginners Kit” that contains all of the must-have tools and supplies every scrapper needs to get started. Of course this list will contain only the most affordable products, because trust me scrapping can get expensive!

Must Have Tools:

1. Photo Safe Adhesives (archival quality only)

2. Pigment Pens and Markers

3. Small sharp scissors

4. Paper Trimmer

5. Solid Colored Cardstock (sizes 12×12 and 8 1/2×11)

6. Patterned Paper (of your choice)

7. Embellishments (stickers, rub-ons, brads, flowers, ribbons, etc;)

8. Scrapbook Album

 

Optional Goodies:

1. Ink Pad

2. Chipboard Letters and Cutouts

3. Craft Knife

4. Cutting Mat

5. Punches

6. Paints and Chalks

7. Decorative Scissors

8. Stamps

These basic tools and supplies should be enough to get you started, but are only a few of the many wonderful products that scrapping has to offer. All of these items can be found at your local Walmart, Michaels, Target, or Jo-Anne Fabrics store. (Helpful Hint: Register your e-mail and personal information on the Michaels and Jo-Anne Fabrics websites and recieve free monthly coupons.)

 Once you have you’ve compiled your “Beginners Kit” it is time to get organized. Gather together all of your photos and separate them into several piles according to the event and time in which they took place. Once you have completed this step jot down as many notes as possible about each of your photos. This can be completed in several ways.

Create a photo log using a simple word document which contains the date, location, and theme (birthday, anniversary, celebrations, holidays, seasons, and/or vacation) of the event that is taking  place in each of your pictures. List all of the names of the people in the picture and explain what is going on as best as possible. If you prefer a more simple solution I suggest using sticky notes or index cards to jot down this info.

Once you have compiled all of this information and your photos have been sorted into chronological piles, find an archival-quality (acid and lignin-free) photo storage container to put all of your photos. (Helpful Hint: If you decide to use a plastic storage device only use plastic containers that are specially labeled for photo storage.) Separate them with an index card listed in a way that you prefer: whether it be by the year, month, theme or event.

 

Now that you’re ready to scrap, it’s time to get that creative energy flowing. Create a scrapbook journal/idea book that contains sample page layouts, titles, color combinations, quotes, magazine clippings, and any other forms of inspiration. Map out  and sketch your layouts before you begin scrapping, this will save you lots of energy and give you more quality scrapping time! Writing, drafting, and doodling in your journal is simple and fun. The best part is it can be done during a lunch break, while your kids are napping, or when you have a little free time.

Constantly search for ideas, techniques, and products in magazines, blogs, and websites; this will allow your creativity to expand and grow. (Helpful Hint: Instead of purchasing the latest scrapping books, I check them out from the public library for free!)  Once you begin this process you will find that your scrapping time will be more efficient and productive.

Follow the “Beginner Kit” and you’ll be on your way to becoming a frequent scrapper! Good luck and good scrapping!!!

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