So my Mother-in-law's birthday is coming up in a few weeks and she really wants to get into scrapbooking. She has bought some supplies, but it seems she is not sure where to start. I wanted to take her to a class but she is so busy, it's hard to find time! So I was thinking of getting her a kit or a good book to help give her some direction. Any suggestions?
A kit with detailed directions would be nice. I picked up a few kits lately because they were cheap, but it just ended up to be a page or two of pp and some die cuts or ribbon and flowers with no directions or examples. I had to buy other stuff to make it look nice. If I was a beginner, it would have been useless. According to their idea, everytime I shop for paper and matching supplies, I'm making a kit!
My two suggestions are if you want a class for her at a time that works best for her try the classes here offered by Big Picture Scrapbooking. Many are very reasonable and she can do some of the classes at any time that is convenient for her.
or what I give to all new scrapbookers is Cathy Zielske's books. Also another good one is the new Quick and Easy photo albums ( Simple Scrapbooks special issue mag) - a very simple introductory to advanced way to scrapbook!!
i think that there are 2 books that are really good. i got them not to long ago.... the encyclopedia of scrapbooking and scrapbooking made easy. even thogh i'm not a new scrapper- i still found them helpfull.
i think that a good precedence scissor, some stickles, and maybe some plain ribbon. things that are allways usfull. i think paper she needs to pick up on her on.
all thogh.. some of the amricen craft cardstock- is reallu nice. (like the prime)...
Thanks for all the great suggestions! I'm leaning towards getting her one of the suggested books, maybe a gift certificate, and I don't know - I'm still thinking about some kind of kit or something. I don't want to get her basic supplies, because I'm not exactly sure what she has already got.
But thanks for all the suggestions! Keep 'em coming!
May I suggest the book "Playing with Paper" by Angelia Wigginton? I LOVE that book... the layouts in there seem pretty basic (nothing too crazy), so I think it would be pretty easy for a beginner to follow. However she makes every single one look SO NICE and special by using all the different pattern papers. Lots of great tips in there.