Have fun and do what you like,,,,,,don't worry about anyone else,,,,,don't worry if they think your style is too plain or over embellished. Don't worry if you like the current style and new stuff or embellies that are 8 years old.
Oh, how right you are. I have only been scrapping for a short time but the stuff I have!!! I so wish that I had bought a little less pp packs way back when I started and that I had waited until I really knew what I was doing and what I wanted to do with the paper.
I have learned just how important good glue is. When I first started SBing, I used Scotch Magic Tape (yes, I really did). Well, in my gallery you can really notice this. All the LOs in my gallery are over a year old--just uploaded some not too long ago, but they were still old. I have hassles taking pictures of my LOs, so I just don't anymore. But my style has matured and evolved from the kind of stuff that is in my gallery...
Anyway, back on topic: now I use Scotch Double Sided Scrapbook Tape, my Xyron, glue dots, and mod podge. As far as rules go, you will need an assortment of wet and dry adhesive, and finding what works for you may be the journey of a lifetime...
Everyone is being so polite and at the same time it's kind of mean. We all would have been just fine with a few rules and a lot less stickers in the beginning.
With that, my baker's dozen for beginners:
1. All rules are made to be broken, think of them as suggestions.
2. The only thing you NEED is a trimmer, a glue stick, an album, photos and some paper. EVERYTHING else is a want... and want you will. It is possible to produce beautiful memories for less than $2 a page. Highly unlikely, but very possible.
3. Resist the urge to spread everything out and place "stuff" every 2 inches. This applies triple to stickers, resist the urge to space them out on your LO.
4. People naturally look to top left first. For this reason Many people put title (if they title) in the top left.
5. The eye then naturally goes to the middle and finally the bottom right. If you want to record the story and have it be read after someone sees the picture, this is the natural place for it.
6. The rule of 3 and the rule of thirds are interesting concepts. Some people find them to be law while others ignore them completely. When you have time you may want to read up on them and see if they help you being visually comfortable with your results.
7. Black ink on the edges of everything will help everyone see your layers and make your work pop.
8. Don't buy the Fisker's shape cutter.
9. Everything goes on sale and there is always a coupon. In the beginning there will be many things you want, if you shop at a big box store 50% off retail is the goal. If you shop by mail, try to get the free shipping. If you are lucky enough to have a LSS expect to pay full price but ask lots of questions and expect to pick up information from people who are into scrapbooking while there. The lessons are worth the expense.
10. Better pictures make better pages. If you spend a little time editing your pictures rather than taking them straight from memory card to photo printer, you will probably be happier with your results. Many of the free programs like Picasa are very good.
11. You don't need to print every picture you take and you don't need to scrap every picture you print.
12. Like the rules of 3 and thirds there are also some rules of the color wheels. These come very naturally to some people and for others, not so much. Some people carry a color wheel with them to help maintain visual balance. When you have time check out a site like: http://colorschemedesigne r.com/ it is interactive and may help you feel comfortable making visually comfortable color combinations. If you want something true to a specific photo you might enjoy: http://www.scrapbook.com/color/?m=photo
13. There are no rules, only suggestions. This was rule 1 also, it bears repeating. You will see beautiful LOs with the title on the bottom, journaling on the side, no respect for any rules of 3, or any color wheel and terrible pictures. Breaking the suggestions can be beautiful and works extremely well for some folks.
Edited by Msceejay2000 on 05-09-12 04:05 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.