When I first wanted to make a scrapbook I was lucky to live in Atlanta and we had an Archivers near me - great store!
They had an introduction to scrapbooking class and showed us examples and helped us get started and showed us how to use all the different pens and cutters and adhesives and showed us complete scrapbooks done in different styles.
It was great.
If you can find a crop somewhere it would probably help you. Mostly thought, the gallery here would be a great help - you can find pages you like and get ideas from them.