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Username Post: What would you give a scrapper just starting out?        (Topic#1554743)
J-M
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  • J-M on 03-08-11 10:25 AM

My mom has said she wants to start scrapping when she retires in April, so I thought I would give her some basic tools/supplies to start out. But I have no idea, other than a basic trimmer, what to start with, it seems like so long ago that I started and I keep thinking everything I have is essential!

She's not interested in a cutting machine until she sees how much she likes scrapbooking, so what would your, say, top five must-haves be? And what kind of adhesive would you recommend that she can get easily? Where she lives, she'd be dependent on Walmart - I'm not sure the local craft-y type store even carries adhesive.


 
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In response to J-M

Patterned papers (maybe a collection so that she doesn't have to think about matching up)
Cardstock
Alphas
Punch/es
Journalling spots/cards


 
Dasha
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  • Dasha on 03-08-11 10:29 AM
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my top faves when i started:

~basic trimmer/cutter
~a starter kit! (i got one at Walmart that came with papers, stickers, chipboard, an album...etc)
~zig glue pen
~dot/stripes adhesive runner
~different colored brads (eyelets would be the next step)


 
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  • Shivi on 03-08-11 10:35 AM
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I think it really depends what she likes to do.

I know I was really happy to have some floral stamps, a few inks and some basic flowers to start with. And some nice brads definitely are great, too.

Of course the pp and cs are essentials.


 
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I've done this before for a friend's dd whom graduated HS and was off to college, she always loved to thumb through my books while she was at my house with her mom....I gave her an album loaded with pretty pp and a matching embellishment for each page along with a $25 gift certificate to our LSS


BUT basics would be

cardstock
patterned paper
embellishments
adhesives
ribbon
alphas
journal spots
acid free pens
good pair of scissors
a few simple tools
albums


Edited by jennaroo on 03-08-11 10:37 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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5 things...hmmmm...

Trimmer
A set of journaling pens/markers
An album
Some pattern paper -- as was said before, maybe a collection of pattern papers in a color palette your mom likes
Cardstock -- I'd probably stick to white, kraft/brown and black...or colors that coordinate with the pp given

A 6th would be adhesive, but I've found that I needed to do trial and error on my own to discover what I do and don't like. So maybe see what your mom has access to and let her pick what she thinks she'd like (by the size of the dispenser, etc.).


 
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In response to jennaroo

Hmm my top five must haves when I started:

-trimmer
-adhesive (both liquid and tape). I started with scotch quick dry and scotch permenant double sided tape-both available at places like walmart
-scissors,
-papers (patterned and cardstock-i'd suggest a variety pack of CS and a paper pack like DCWV)
-a corner rounder punch-EK success makes one that can also be used to make scalloped edges. It is a way to try punches without investing too much.



 
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If I had any to offer, I'd give her the discipline not to spend like a mad woman....
At least, not until she learns what her style is!


 
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Must haves for me and can't do w/o:

Tweezers
Paper Piercer
Ruler
Sm and Lg craft mat
Various types of Adhesives


 
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Along with what the others have said I'd give her one or two copies of a good Scrapping magazine and introduce her to this site as she'll find inspiration abound.


 
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Gemgirl is right! I think alot of us have made the mistake of buying into too many techniques that we thought we would use but didn't. Lots of wasted money. I have found the best spent money is in the nice paper lines that are found on here and LSS. (like Crate, Sassafras Las, Echo Park, etc.) And these sets usually contain papers, sticker, and alphabets in one set which is great for a beginner. I wish I had went in that direction in the beginning and I would've saved some money.


 
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Paper and embellies.


 
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  • j3Mel on 03-08-11 12:08 PM
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I would go with

a good 12 inch trimmer
really good scissors
pack of basic cardstock
pack of a variety of pp
go to pagemaps or other sketch site and make her a notebook of sketchs.......she can try several different sizes, styles etc and get an idea of the embellishments and other supplies she may need from there.


 
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When I started I bought:

Trimmer
Plain Cardstock
A DCWV PP set
Adheisive
Scissors

I started with that. After several LO's and scouring the Scrapbook.com gallery I then started to branch out and buy other products. I saved a lot of money that way.


Edited by Amonika on 03-08-11 12:09 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
Just G
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A gift card to HL, Archivers or SB.com!
But what she'll need is the basics mentioned above


Edited by Just G on 03-08-11 12:23 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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Hmmm....does we want to start with layouts or with cards?

If layouts, I would get her a cheap album kit with a coupon. The ones that have an albulm, paper, and embellies??? Then I would get her a trimmer, a pair or good little scissors, and some adhesive. Maybe like the little tombows? Those are like a white out, should be easy to use.

If she wants to cards, I would get

- a pack of blank cards
- a paper stack
-trimmer
-cutterbee (or whatever) scissors
-adhesive
-maybe some sentiment stamps and an ink pad?


Tombow - Mono Adhesive Dots - Permanent - Dots Roller Refill


Cutter Bee Scissors


Fiskars - 12 Inch Personal Paper Trimmer with Cut-Line - Blade Style I


BasicGrey - Sublime Collection - 12 x 12 Vintage Paper Pack

Hero Arts - Poly Clear - Clear Acrylic Stamps - Sending Smiles Message, BRAND NEW


 
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I recently did this myself for my stepson's girlfriend. She had scrapbooked before several years ago with her mom (who lives several states away now) so she knew the basics but just didn't have any of her own tools and things. And now that they have their baby girl, she wanted to do a baby album, but she wasn't too sure she would stick with it after that. So, I took one of those Iris scrapbook cases and filled it with:

a paper trimmer
a good pair of sharp tip scissors
a corner rounder punch
a set of pens in just basic colors
a craft knife and craft mat
a ruler with a metal edge (for use with the knife)
cardstock in basic colors
a thing of Tombow adhesive
a bottle of Scotch QuickDry liquid glue
a little container of basic colored brads and
buttons (and some flowers, since we knew she'd be doing girlie pages!)
a couple of baby girl page kits
and a few of my old magazines.

I didn't want to go crazy and give her a whole album kit, because I wanted her to be able to pick out her own papers and embellies once she got started, but the page kits were small and gave her a place to start. The magazines she said helped to give her some ideas. Of course, luckily she and my stepson live somewhat close by us (less than an hour), so I also gave her an open invitation to come scrap with me anytime so she could raid my stash of anything else that caught her eye and/or go shopping together. And of course, that means I get to see the baby as she scraps! It's a win-win for us!



 
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In response to GaMtnScrap

Here is a helpful list compiled by Jill, the founder of Scrapbook.com:

http://www.scrapbook.com/articles/doc/3280/248 .html

hope this helps!


 
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In response to GaMtnScrap

the absolute best advice you can give her is GO DIGITAL!

- laptop with lots of memory
- Photoshop
- good digital camera
optional
- scanner
- printer


 
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If it's not too impersonal, I'd give her a nice gift certificate to a LSS, and offer to go along with her to pick out a few things. Once you're there, you'll no doubt gets lost of ideas, and be able to help guide her in her purchases.


 
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