If you are just getting started, I wouldn't spend a ton of money on the big items until you have tried them out. As you get into it you'll discover what you like and don't like.
You absolutely need a 12x12 paper cutter, good scissors, a tape runner and assorted paper. Shop around, take a class or two for ideas and to use new products and tools. Also maybe subscribe to a scrapbooking magazine for ideas and products. It is a fun hobby, enjoy.
Yup,,,,,12 inch cutter should be number one, and don't buy one for 3.00,,,,,,go for at least a 20.00-25.00 (presale or precoupon) one, and buy it on sale or use a coupon to make it more affordable,,,,LOVE my cutterpede,,,
Don;t BOTHER with the glue sticks, they are useless,,,,and wet glue will warp your pages,,,,invest in some Glue Dots . And get some paper,,,
The rest you can collect one LO at a time,,,as you need it I agree, you won't need thousands of stickers. What few I have, my grandchildren usually use when THEY scrap.
I've only been scrapping for a short time too, but I do have a few suggestions. You'll definitely need a paper trimmer. I'd suggest a rotary trimmer as the guillotine style takes a lot of practice to get right. You'll also need a good quality adhesive, don't be tempted by the glue sticks in a pack of 10; a nice tape runner or Glue Dots will work better in the long run. You'll definitely need some cardstock; get some basic colours and branch out from there. Pick up a scrapbooking magazine or two and take note of what appeals to you. That will help you decide what other materials you might need.
There are no best tools...as everyone who loves their tools think theirs are the best! Everyone is going to have different tastes and likes and dislikes, and different styles of the same product.
The cutter, I use a guillotine cutter for my pictures, others the rotary blade, it's going to be what works best for you. I've never used a rotary cutter, but the good thing about those is you can get different blades for a designed edge, where as the guillotine cutter is straight blade only.
My suggestion is definitely trying out products at a store before investing in them. There are classes at stores, where they will teach and let you try products before you buy. Otherwise, you will do like me, buy the hottest trend at the hottest price, find out you don't like it and sell it at a garage sale for pennies!
Things I certainly use on every LO: my pc (for journaling & titles), scissors (shown below), guillotine cutter, pp, brads/flowers/eyelets. Best thing you can do, search the gallery for LOs you like and will want to try, then contact the artist, find out what she used, then maybe purchase those products.
I think if you are just getting started the most important things to start with would be: cardstock, adhesive, scissors, 12 inch trimmer, nice black pen for journaling, and a self-healing cutting mat.
Everything else you would need to pick out based on your personal tastes and preferences. You will probably want some embellishments, patterned paper , and other tools as you go along, but take it slow--pick out stuff for 1, or 2 layouts at a time until you know what you like, and whether, or not this is the hobby for you. My advice would be not to try and scrimp and save money on the basic supplies, especially adhesives, because you will probably be sorry in the long run. Have fun getting started!
Everyone gave you great advice. I love my Cricut but its a big investment for just getting started. Just start with the basics like everyone suggested and you'll work into your style and taste of what you like and NEED. I, too, have little punches and I never use them and I agree too~~avoid glue sticks! Enjoy your new hobby and watch out....its very addicting!!!
Edited by Lisa66 on 03-22-09 09:37 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.