Username Post: What to buy?        (Topic#1534829)
OkiFiend
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I'm new to scrapbooking. I have purchased so many things already but I feel like I might be spending money on things I may never use. What are some of the things that you find yourself using all the time and just can't live without?


 
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The things I use the most are, My Cricut Expression, The different scissors for fancy edges, Clear and wood Stamps, Punches and I will have my Sizzix embossing machine on Monday. I know I will use that a lot. I also have the Fiskars shape cutter and lot's of the templates and I love and use that frequently. I love variety.


 
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I go through phases. I once used eyelets on most of my lo's, so I bought tons. I still have tons left. Same with stickers, brads (although I still pull those out a decent amount), buttons (which I'm getting back into quite a bit and am glad I have), and fibers (I'm into ribbon more now). I think when it comes to embellishments, I'd be careful buying those in large quantities, because trends change and your style will change. Then if you run out and realize you love them, you can always buy more later and know you're not throwing money away.

One of the HUGE tips that seasoned scrappers always have for new people is not to buy so much right away. Many of us have oodles of stuff that we thought were cute, but that we never really used. Oh, and if it's a trend and you don't like it, don't buy it! There's lots of cool trendy things out there right now that I don't care for, so I don't bother with them, even if they're on sale.

There are some GREAT tools and adhesives that I love that I use all the time. I linked those below.

You'll also need paper/cardstock, but that's another thing that's easy to overbuy. Some people don't end up using much cardstock. I, on the other hand, have tons of "pretty" paper that I bought 8 years ago that's just sitting around.

Good luck!


 
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  • IzzyB on 05-15-10 07:17 AM
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You really don't need much at all to get started. It's very very easy to over-buy. Be careful, esp buying patterned paper and embellishments, because your style will evolve and change and you may end up never using all that early stuff.

Good basics are:
black cardstock and white cardstock
A few sheets of coordinating patterned paper or a paperpack
A good pair of sharp scissors (I like Cutter Bees)
A paper trimmer (I like Cutterpede)
Adhesive (I like Tombow)
And a few embellishments of your choice, ie buttons, flowers, brads, ribbon, etc

You could consider going with a new line of products by one of the popular manufacturers like Basic Grey and buying coordinating embellishments. An example is the Kioshi line by Basic Grey. It's sweet and springy.

Beware of buying stickers. Most seasoned scrappers don't use them much. A cute sticker does not equal a usable sticker.




 
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Izzy is so right... I mentioned the equipment I use, However I have way over bought on stickers, silk flowers and Paper. Sure I love looking at it all, But don't really see using all of it.


 
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  • ELynn on 05-15-10 08:31 AM
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personally, i'd start with a page kit, one that has the paper, and buttons, and stuff all there for you.

then as you figure out what you like, you can branch out.

or just buy for one lo (or a few at a time).

take the pictures to m's or j's or using the color tool here, but the paper and embellies.


you will *need*:
adhesive
Scissors (I love my Crayola ones)
Trimmer (I have two)

other than than the 3 above i'd buy as you go. and if it's pushing it, you could do without the trimmer, if you want to use scissors to cut....


 
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I agree with everything that has been said. You should feel free to try out tons of different options but do not buy more than one of anything unless you find that you actually like and use it. I would start with a patterened paper collection pack that you like (BG has tons of good ones) and then buy embellishments to match (buttons, stickers, alphas, ribbon, flowers, rhinestones, stickles) and use the self-made kit to create a whole bunch of layouts. When you are done, step back and think about what you really enjoyed using, what was hard for you to use, etc. and then do the same thing over again. I wouldn't stock up on anything at this point, just buy what you need as you go along.


 
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I would also suggest looking at your pictures and trying to think of what you would want to do with some of them before you buy any more. I find that I bought things that I liked and thought I would use and the pictures I have don't really go with some of the papers and colors I have. For example, I have a lot of old pictures that I want to scrapbook in old heritage styles, and most of my paper and embellishment purchases were brighter colors and primary colors. They don't go with vintage and heritage very well.


 
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In addition to what everyone else said about over buying and then never using, it is so true. Especially if you find something really cheap...if you never end up using it, then it really wasn't worth the buy! I am super guilty of this and have a lot of paper that I don't use.


 
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  • kikiV on 05-16-10 08:15 PM
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I just started scrapbooking about a year ago. I spent the first 4 or 5 months SHOPPING. I have so much ******** I have no idea if I'll ever use it. I have put myself on restriction and only buy if it will work on the project I am currently working on.

My list would be:

A paper trimmer
plain cardstock
Tape runner (I use the walmart ones)
only embellishments, sticker etc for the project you are curently workin on.

HOpe that helps.






 
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don't forget a good journaling pen--


 
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My basics kit could inlcudethe basic tools below.

Then I'd add a stack of patterned paper (nice for starting off because it all matches and you have lots of patterns to choose from), a package of cardstock (I started with DCWV brights and neutrals) and a few punches (circles come in particulalry handy and border punches are incredibly versatile). Then I'd buy embellishment (stickers, flowers, etc) based on whatever project you're working on and just keep saving the extras until you have a stash. A variety of Thickers or cheaper chipboard alphabets (I've seen some nice ones at the dollar store) are great to have on hand too.


 
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mostly stamps. lots of paper too. you can NEVER have too much paper


 
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  • kniese2012 Said:
mostly stamps. lots of paper too. you can NEVER have too much paper



I swear I live by that motto too. Except now I have so much I can't find it when I need it!


 
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Beware of the paper fairy - she pushes and pushes and eventually you'll find yourself overwhelmed by paper and donating entire stacks to your son's preschool class. Or maybe it's just me.

But seriously, paper stacks aren't necessarily all they're cracked up to be. I bought a 40-page stack last year. I've done 19 layouts with that stuff, more than from any other single paper line, and I still have 20 whole sheets plus numerous scraps left over. I still like it, but using this means I'm not using something newer and more exciting. I've taken to buying by the sheet now. Yes, I'm still buying paper because I'm an addict, but that's another story.

Lisa


 
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  • Obi on 05-17-10 02:48 PM
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I would wait until scrapbook shops have sales and then buy one of a different product each time. If you don't like it you got it on sale so no worries. I you like it you can go back and get more after all they are on sale.



 
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  • Obi on 05-17-10 02:51 PM
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And I do like the zig writers they are cost effective and last.


 
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only thing not mentioned that I find I use quite a bit is a Signo white pen

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Unfortunately, I may have already splurged on paper. I bought 6 stacks already and have a couple more in the mail I see it and I HAVE to get it!!! It's so pretty. I bought a couple adhesives, paper dots, a couple sets of acrylic stamps, a set of inks, some borders sets, rub-ons, fabrics, flowers (ALOT), photo corners, embossing powder, embossing tool and folding tool. Luckily I have tons of ribbon already from other projects I did...diaper cakes and kids stuff. Some of the things I bought already is below but that's not even half of it. The thing is I feel like I can't start until I have more... I really want to buy a die-cut/embossing machine. But I've researched them all and can't decide. And the ranger inks sets and embossing powders I have to have them. And everything Tim Holtz!! I also live on Okinawa and as far as I know there's no craft stores so I buy from the base exchanges and they're limited. Mostly Martha Stewart. I'm afraid I will never start the book I want to do and just keep buying.
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Yep, I'd say you're set! Now start scrapping so you can tell me how you like that flocked paper set. That's on my wishlist but I haven't bought it.


 
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This question comes up often and there are several threads on "what should I buy?" or "what did you regret buying?" etc.

I'll try and condense the usual "begginer buyer's remorse" answers;
- buying way TOO much of something. Most common, bought TOO MANY flowers, stickers, paper stacks. (It's not that the person didn't like the item it's they EXTREMELY overbought. Bought 500 flowers when 10 would be more than enough.)
- buying tools they never used (The key is to look at the item and think "how many times am I actually going to use this item?". Example: how many times will I REALLY use this 4" whale punch?)
- purchasing the latest "hot" item and then not having a use for it.


 
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My suggestion then would be to browse through the galleries, find a layout or a sketch you like, and copy it using your own supplies. Having something to follow will let you focus on *how* to use what you've got. I did the same thing, collecting stuff before I ever tried doing a page. I was too overwhelmed to try a page from scratch, so using someone else's basic idea was really helpful for me. Always credit your source, of course.

Lisa


 
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ooooohhh...im a paper addict too. Its addicting. In the store, i know i'll use it with something, and then i still have some. I love the buy 4 for 1.00....


 
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I had a minor surgery done this morning and now have 14 days off, kids will be at school, husband will be at work...and hopefully I'll get some scrapping done. Plus, I received a shipment from SB.com this morning which included some really cute stuff. I'll make sure to try to include some of the flocked paper. It's really gorgeous and feels nice too! I have another question? I purchased the cutting mats below. It turns out that it's for the pazzle cutting machine...oops. I was thinking about getting the BasicGrey magnetic one. It's out of stock though. Is that a good buy or is there something cheaper and or better out there?
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I will be the first to admit, I really overspent! However, I do use all of my little gadgets...If I had to do over again though, I would have just bought an expression first instead of the create, I would have gotten the crop-a-dile big bite first instead of the 8-in-1 I know I would have saved a bunch of money.

Anywho, I still use them so whatever; live and learn right? Another weakness lately are acrylic stamps!

I would start off small. A pack of white and black card stock, maybe some color paper or pattern paper, adhesive (I love Xyron) and maybe a few punches.....I personally see that I don't use a lot of prebought embellishements...so I would wait to get that. IMHO Someone made a good suggestions; ask yourself if you are going to use an item often or is it really worth buying! Also, try not to reason or justify a buy if you know deep down you are only going to use it once HTH



 
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  • OkiFiend Said:
I had a minor surgery done this morning and now have 14 days off, kids will be at school, husband will be at work...and hopefully I'll get some scrapping done. Plus, I received a shipment from SB.com this morning which included some really cute stuff. I'll make sure to try to include some of the flocked paper. It's really gorgeous and feels nice too! I have another question? I purchased the cutting mats below. It turns out that it's for the pazzle cutting machine...oops. I was thinking about getting the BasicGrey magnetic one. It's out of stock though. Is that a good buy or is there something cheaper and or better out there?


Feel better soon and happy scrapping I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I had the entire house to myself all day! I would get a self healing mat, but that is just my opinion. I am not familiar with the magnetic mats so not much help there.......


 
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If you are just starting out then we have a simple list of main essential scrapbooking accessories you will need to start off in the right direction.

Beginners Scrapbooking List

http://www.scrapbook.com/forums/showtopic.php?tid/15350...


 
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This topic does come up a lot.
Check out this thread, and some of the links in it:
What do you Regret buying most?


 
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Did any one mention TWIZZERS I love mine(sorry couldn't find a pic. in the sb.com store) swivel knife, pp piercer. HAVE FUN!!!


 
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  • S.Baker Said:
Did any one mention TWIZZERS I love mine




What are Twizzers?


 
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Tweezers, maybe?

Lisa


 
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YES!!!TWEEZERS
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Okay.

I thought I had missed some new product.


 
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I finally finished my very first scrapbook page. I posted it in my gallery. Check it out and critique! So frustrating. My cutting board didn't cut right, my adhesives wouldn't work on the vellum. My inks were too watery. I tried to tie in the colors from the vellum around the page but It just doesn't look how I wanted. But hey, it's my first page. Can't ask for too much. Thank you all for your suggestions and tips.


 
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I can't scrap without my corner rounder. I recently bought an embossing pen and love it. It was less than $5 and super fun.


 
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