I was just browsing some of the posts from the new scrappers...and I remember getting started - geez I was overwhelmed ... I didn't know where to start ... which year or person to begin with! Five or six years later, I still deal with that problem! LOL I don't think that ever goes away totally and forever.
The reason for my post - something I didn't know ...is that HSN (the Home Shopping Network) actually has craft fairs and they offer a lot of scrapbook products at a reasonable price - they also have a lot of items from different designers that you just can't find in the hobby stores.
(my favorite is Anna Griffin)
But - the other best thing about the Home Shopping shows - you can gather some great ideas and techniques from the shows!
They always demo the items for you and show various lay outs. Like I said, I probably scrapped for a year before I knew this. And now I just wait with baited breath for their scrap shows.
Good luck and I hope this helps the new scrappers...I can't think of a better hobby than scrapbooking! Your doing something for your family members, kids, grandkids for years to come and enjoying the process!