Username Post: Absolute must haves        (Topic#1491999)
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Okay ladies, I'm asking for some help. What do you consider "absolute must haves" for a beginning scrapbooker?
I've got a budget of about $20 a month as I've signed up for a couple of swaps that will take up the rest of my free money. I absolutely REFUSE to be a "flaker"!
The first thing I want is an inexpensive paper cutter that I saw at Hobby Lobby last week. Other than that what can you suggest? I've got 2 album kits so that gives me a little but not much. I won't be doing any really "cluttered" pages as I don't think they fit into what I like. Won't be using lots of fancy or expensive embellishments as I want to pictures I use to be the most important thing on the pages.


 
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  • Yuyis on 01-10-09 03:12 PM
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my 2 cents:

1. paper trimmer (which you said you already saw)
2. adhesive
3. a couple of stacks of cardstock in different shades. (BELIEVE ME: don't over buy stacks of patterned paper , it's addictive! LOL, most of the time you end up with tons of paper you don't use for months, even years. If you're starting then buying the kits or even single papers on sale may work ok.
4. punches or templates to cut basic shapes (circles, squares, scalloped, circles, etc.)
5. ink pads (I use black & brown most of the time)
6. sets of stamps: alphabet, basic shapes, maybe common titles.

Later you can invest in a die cut machine if you want to cut different shapes, that way you don't end in so many punches and it'll take less space too.

There's more tools of course but these are the things that I use in almost every LO.


 
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things that i use repeatedly:
1. my circle punch (bought on sale at HL)
2. my corner rounder (bought on sale at HL)
3. a set of clear alphabet stamps
4. "generic" stamps like paisleys or flowers
5. ZIG pen
6. buttons and brads
7. cardstock pack

i also buy lots of neutrals (brown inks, neutral cardstock packs, neutral buttons, metallic brads) so that things can be used time and time again.


 
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Things I can't live w/o:

paper trimmer (get a 12" one even if you don't do 12x12 pages!)
pens (start with black, brown, maybe white)
inkpads (again black, brown)
pack of cardstock--different colors
just a little patterned paper to start--figure out what you like as you go
adhesive - gotta kind of play around and figure out your favorite


 
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Things I couldn't scrap without:

1. paper trimmer (a 12"x12") - but you are already onboard with that

2. a black journaling pen or marker - I'm a fan of either gel pens or ZIG journaling markers (which have two ends for thick and thinner journaling choices in one marker)

3. ruler - see thru is best in my opinion - I like measuring out my placement of things sometimes... but not sure everyone agrees with the need for this. I haven't used either of the ones listed below but they do look to be good examples of what I would choose.

4. a good clean white eraser and a pencil (a mechnical type gives the sharpest lines I've found and includes the eraser right on the end of it... sometimes a really big eraser too)

5. a sharp pair of detail scissors - I like Cutterbee - they are good and pretty cheap - but way better than "average" scissors for cutting out small curves in a patterns and/or straigher lines

6. cardstock - in various colors especially black and white - as others have indicated, the patterned paper s will be easy to add over time... but you always need a variety of different colors of cardstock

7. adhesives - I like photo splits (good for attaching photos and cardstock mats) and wet adhesive (good for attaching detailed edge-work more securely) and even photo corners (for those items you might want to be able to remove temporarily anyway in the future) I have used the wet adhesive I suggest below but don't have specific advice for the other types since I'm still struggling to find my favorites

Also, Zots and Glue Dots can be added to your adhesive supplies if you ever decide to add heavier embellishments to your layouts since they are great for that.

8. glue eraser

9. page protectors (if you buy a basic size - like 8.5 x 11 or 12 x 12 or even 8 x you should be able to pick up the necessary album later

Those would be my starters anyway...


Edited by KatieJo on 01-10-09 07:12 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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i have a similar budget. i always wait for Coupons to help stretch the $. but when i go shopping i usually get:

papers for a specific LO...only if i dont have the color already
special embellies i can use repeatedly...like punches
adhesive, like the Dotto thing. very useful.

happy shopping!


 
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Oh yes, how could I forget my Cutterbee scissors?? Love those things!


 
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Things I can't live without:
1)paper trimmer - I can't cut straight with scissors, so it's been the best thing I bought
2)packs of assorted cardstock
3)clear ruler
4)markers/gel pens - Black and white are most useful
5)some kind of adhesive

If you can, always try and buy stuff on sale or with Coupons . It definitely helps stretch your money and you can get a lot more stuff. I'd also recommend checking out dollar stores: it's hit and miss, but I've found some pretty good stuff from there.


 
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In response to Mulan05

paper trimmer
scissors
adhesives
basic cardstock colors
a few good pens (sounds like a movie title) for journaling or doodling.

Letter stencils may be a good thing as well as a flower punch or a border punch so you can make your own easy but nice embellishments. Also some brads in basic colors...(they look nice just a few lined up at the edge of photo or as the center of a flower)


I always have bought too much of everything and don't use half the stuff I have. I think it is a great idea to have the basic scrapbooking supplies and then buy what you need for your layouts as you do them..maybe plan a few ahead and then shop. I never did that...but even though I have so much, half the time I don't have a paper that goes with the layout I have in mind and I end up buying even more stuff. You're wise to have a budget and try to just get what you need. But it is fun to have some fun embellishments around.



 
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In response to dollscrap

Things I use the most are...

adhesive
12x12 paper trimmer
scissors
varied colors of cardstock
markers/colored pens

Using sandpaper and ink pads are inexpensive ways to alter your paper too.


Edited by moviegirl on 01-11-09 05:59 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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My top must haves are:

Paper trimmer
Circle cutter/oval cutter
Ruler
solid paper and small amount of patterned paper
stickers/embellies based on what you are working on.

In the meantime, when a holiday is near, suggest gift cards to local scrapbook/craft stores.


 
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In response to scrappingaddict

Paper trimmer
Scissors
Xyron adhesive
Glue Dots
Cardstock
Paper


 
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Oh yea...my ATG. I can't imagine life without it now that I have one!


 
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Paper and photos. haha.

Besides THOSE must haves, I would say I definitely couldn't go without letter stickers (and my Cricut now that I have that too, but I still like the look of some stickers), of course the 12" straight trimmer, adhesive squares and a glue pen, markers/pens, and I really like using the shape patterns from Creative Memories (just the circles and ovals right now) to give my pages a bit of variety. Oh and the corner maker! I'm sure there are other things, but those are the basics that I absolutely love now.


 
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Thanks so much ladies.
One more question, what on earth is an ATG? I've seen it mentioned several times but don't know what they are.


 
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In response to moodymolly

1) paper trimmer
2) patterned paper and cardstock
3) adhesive
4) embellies
5) pens
6) ink pads and stamps


 
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I did my entire first album with:
scissors (I had),
adhesive (though I can't remember what kind),
a thin book of pattern paper Piazza something or other,
a few stickers,
some of my old rubber stamps from college card making days,




 
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Another question, what is "wet" adhesive?
Also is anyone willing to share what brands they prefer? I know there are many, many different ones out there for many items and it's nice to see who prefers which.


 
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  • moodymolly Said:
Thanks so much ladies.
One more question, what on earth is an ATG? I've seen it mentioned several times but don't know what they are.



ATG is the tape gun shown below. It is awesome for gluing without constantly stopping to change cartridge or pull a tab.

Wet adhesive is liquid adhesive verses sticker adhesive like shown below.


 
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  • moodymolly Said:
Another question, what is "wet" adhesive?
Also is anyone willing to share what brands they prefer? I know there are many, many different ones out there for many items and it's nice to see who prefers which.



I really like the adtech glue runner from wally world (very cheap). I also use mini Glue Dots for pretty much any kind of embellishment. I use a Xyron machine and/or ZIG glue pen to adhere small die cuts/letters.


 
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Here is what I most often use:
1) paper trimmer
2) Assorted cardstock (personally buy Bazzill individually & then buy a pattern paper to match it)
3) acrylic stamps: letters & flourishes are most useful.
4) black & brown pen (Sharpie) & white pen (signo)
5) assorted tag embellishments, don't know why just love these!
6) Letter stickers are nice but don't over do it. I buy mostly black so that I get a lot of use out of each page.
7) Adhesive: I like plain old 3M double sided tape!
8 ) cutter bee scissors
9) stickles! I like cinnamon, silver & star dust

Okay, I just realized that I could go on & on & on! Happy shopping! Just remember to buy things that you like enough to use more than once!


Edited by Crazydiamond on 01-13-09 09:12 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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  • j3Mel on 01-14-09 02:47 PM
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check out the threads on here about economical or beating the tough economy ideas. They really have some good ideas for beginning scrappers on how to stretch a smaller scrapping budget.


 
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  • j3Mel on 01-14-09 02:50 PM
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this one is the biggest and has lots of ideas in it

http://www.scrapbook.com/forums/showtopic.php?tid/13980...


 
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well..if you live near a joanns or micheals you can sign up to receive their weekly emails and deals. they have Coupons . sometimes 50% off. so that will help. i love flowers and glitter. it just brings out the page. but if you are on a tight budget then i would recommend checking out the gallery here to get ideas. then you can start buying little things here and there based on what you are going to use on your LO (layout). i know this week at joanns they have the paper pads on sale for 40% off which is good because you get a bunch of paper for less than $15. then you can buy a little something extra. good luck and welcome to sb.com


 
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  • Crazydiamond Said:
Here is what I most often use:
1) paper trimmer
2) Assorted cardstock (personally buy Bazzill individually & then buy a pattern paper to match it)
3) acrylic stamps: letters & flourishes are most useful.
4) black & brown pen (Sharpie) & white pen (signo)
5) assorted tag embellishments, don't know why just love these!
6) Letter stickers are nice but don't over do it. I buy mostly black so that I get a lot of use out of each page.
7) Adhesive: I like plain old 3M double sided tape!
8 ) cutter bee scissors
9) stickles! I like cinnamon, silver & star dust

Okay, I just realized that I could go on & on & on! Happy shopping! Just remember to buy things that you like enough to use more than once!



WOW thanks for all the suggestions...I have written them all down. I am also new to the scrapbooking and cardmaking hobby and could use all the tips...


 
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DCWV 12x12 stack is on sale right now at JoAnns for 8.99...Paper is the 1st thing you need!!!
2. A REALLY good pair of scissors
3. Paper Trimer
4. Adhesive
5. Ink Pad
6. Clear Stamps

Most of this stuff you have find at dollar stores...not the DCWV paper. If you have a Amazing Savings around you, they have a whole bunch of supplies...even some paper!


 
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  • Mulan05 Said:
Things I can't live without:
1)paper trimmer - I can't cut straight with scissors, so it's been the best thing I bought
2)packs of assorted cardstock
3)clear ruler
4)markers/gel pens - Black and white are most useful
5)some kind of adhesive

If you can, always try and buy stuff on sale or with Coupons . It definitely helps stretch your money and you can get a lot more stuff. I'd also recommend checking out dollar stores: it's hit and miss, but I've found some pretty good stuff from there.



Ditto on these. I wouldn't do stamps and inks as a beginner, but I would reccommed:
1. stickers as beginning embelishments. They are cheap, require no special glues, and are easy to find/match to your theme
2. corner rounder
3. circle cutter--lots of things you can do to mat your photos/decorate your pages with these! I like the Creative Memories brand, but I really like these, too!
4. ZIG double-ended markers are the best!! (Black, brown for sure, regardless of your favorite colors)
5. White gel pen (I have yet to find one I like, but I'd like to try the Tombow one!)
6. Black vellum marker
7. cutter bee scissors
You can do a lot of great work with this minimum amount of supplies!


 
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