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Hi, I'm new to this board. Since I recently had a LO, I have been taking a ton of pictures, and I would like to start a scrapbook, but I don't know where to get started. Is there a good book that will kind of help me get started? Also, where does everyone buy their scrapbooking materials from? I don't have a lot of money to spend, so I want to try to find a good place to buy the materials that won't break me!

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Welcome!! Glad to have you over here. Starting can be overwhelming, but you just need a few basic things to get going. You can find most of it at Walmart to start, if you want to keep cost down. Or browse the sales at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc. You'll need an album in the size of your choice with paper to match. And I wouldn't know what to do without my paper cutter. Adhesive (glue stick, dots, etc.), ribbon, etc. are some basics.
I guess I should have asked if you wanted to do paper or digital. I only do paper, but there are some really talented digital scrappers on here, that would be of lots of help!
ETA: Ian is a cutie! Biggrin

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If you do decide to paperscrapbook- Walmart is probably one the better places to start, they have a lot of different paperpacks, etc that are really cheap. And a 12x12 paper cutter is the way to go, regardless of which size pages you choose to scrap. Check out the paper scrapbooking sticky here- there is a lot of great resources there for that. Otherwise you can do a basic search on scrapbooking and all sorts of info will come up.

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Hi, I am new to the forum too, but not so new to scrapbooking. The very most basic stuff you need is this, I think:

photos, adhesive (like a taperunner), a 12" cutter, background paper, and an album to put it all in.

Before you buy anything, go to Borders or Barnes and Noble and spend a little time leafing though the scrapbooking magazines, just looking at layouts (the ads get a little overwhelming). I basically started by mimicking the layouts that I liked and eventually developed my own style that I was comfortable with.

The other suggestion I have is to start simple. Most of the first album that I ever did was just white pages, with colored paper in the corners or along one edge that somehow coordinated with a color in the pictures. If you look in my other thread where I introduced myself, one of my favorite pages is literally just a black background, some pumpkin stickers, and orange letters.

My favorite for supplies is Michaels ( On sunday they usually have a 40% off one item coupon. I use that for big money items and it helps a lot.

Good luck, the best thing is that if you don't like what you do you can just print more pictures and try again!!


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:thumbsup: sounds like these girls got it well covered Wink

welcome to the board and good luck!!
be sure to share pictures with us Smile

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You've gotten some really good advice, so I'll just say "welcome aboard"! Jump right in! don't be afraid to do things "perfectly" ... as Bobsmom posted, it can take a while to develop your own style, but the only way to do it is to jump on it and give it a try. Smile

Have fun!

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Congrats on your little one! He is a cutie!

I'm also from MN. I don't know how close this is to you but I shop at Crafts Direct in St. Cloud. They have the HUGEST selection ever. Every other week they have 40% off any one item coupons and occasionally off your entire purchase. So, I keep an eye out for those...and you can also use those coupons at Michael's, and Michael's coupons there, etc.

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Welcome, glad you joined us! BobsMom has a great idea! I purchased a book myself to help add more creativity to my scrapbook pages. Maybe invest in a good book and you'll find the book should provide a list of things you will need. Can't wait to see your work!

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Welcome! You will get addicted to scrapbooking soon Smile

I digital scrapbook and love it. I get most of my stuff for free. I do have to pay for printing, but it isn't too bad and I love not having all the paper stuff everywhere. Digital scrapping is not for everyone though - you don't get them same 3-D effects as with paper.

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Thanks for all the advice on getting started!! I'm so excited now! I'm going to try to start this weekend. Hopefully I'll be brave enough!!!

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welcome!!!! the other girls have good advice. I get the Scrapbooks Etc magazine, and that's been a good resource for me.

there's been some recent threads about saving money (see the one from mommy2007 here on this main page).