I have been wanting to make a scrapbook for a while now. I was going to run to Hobby Lobby tonight and get supplies. I just looked on the supply list and it is crazy. I dont even know what half of the items are. Suggestions for a first time trip to Hobby Lobby? So far the only things I need to put in the scrapbook are pictures, movie stubs, event stubs, personal letters.. Any advice would be great!
My advice is to buy a kit and start small. Chances are the first scrapbook that you do won't be your best and years later you might regret using precious pictures and memorabilia. I know you probably want to just jump in but like baking, you would never start with a wedding cake from scratch but probably cupcakes from a mix. Good luck and above all have fun!
Oh and don't forget an album. Quite honestly, The best way to start is with an album- that way you dont have to worry about making a sturdy cover to protect your pages, and you can embellish it later
I think it depends on the type of album you use and it also depends on personality. Personally, I don't buy albums until I have a lot of layouts done that do not fit in a current album. I use American Crafts D-Ring albums so sometimes I put them in page protectors and have them in a pile until I put them in an album.
Bxr-Linda had great suggestions for basics. For the personal letters you want to include, if you don't want to glue the letter to the page, maybe some pretty envelopes you can glue onto the pages so you can fold the letters up and tuck them inside?
Definitely a journaling pen, page protectors, album, tape runner, and a package of cardstock in colors you like.
I think there are some great beginner tutorials on this site in the resources tab. Also, if you have specific questions about something on your list, let us know!
My personal suggestion is to start with an album and pages. I really like the We R Memory Keepers albums. I use them with regular photo sleeves (see the selection below) and 12x12 page protectors. To start with, I would organize my photos into these sleeves. I put my photos in these, then I make layouts only of the photos that I really want to. Most of us have too many photos to scrapbook them all. Organizing this way helps you to see what you want to scrapbook first and how much of what types of themes you have.
I also highly suggest the ATG gun listed below. You may want to start with a cheaper adhesive first, but if you make a few pages and like it, this is by far the best bang for your buck.
Also, consider a crop at a scrapbook store or a class. That way you can make a page or two and buy supplies while there to finish what you are working on instead of stocking up on any specific item.
I will pretty much echo what the rest of the ladies here have already said. Start small so that you don't feel overwhelmed. You said you already have photos to scrap, so I would pick 2-4 of them and just focus on making one or two pages. Then you'll have a pretty good idea of how you like to scrap and what else you'll need besides the basic adhesive, cardstock, patterned paper and album.
When I first got back into scrapping I bought paper packs. I peeled off the cardboard front and back and set them out and put my pictures and momentos and things on the cardboard and the cover turned over so it was white.
I had about 4 pages to work with that way and could see how each page would basically look. When I got it all arranged I picked papers from the stack or bought what I needed and I knew what else I needed to go on the page.
Even now if I hit a block I have a stack of cardboards or 12 x 12 white junk paper with the front of the stack on the other side. I have layed out as many as 20 or 30 of them and put my layouts loosely on them.
I'm doing a lot of waterfall and Big Island layouts now and they aren't coming to me - I don't know what I want on each page and I may have to go back to that for a couple pages to get over this hurdle.
Wanted to report that I just tried what I said I should do and used to do.
I layed 3 white 12 x 12's on my scrap desk and set pictures on them to get some ideas - I've been just staring at the picures for 2 days.
As soon as I put pictures on the pages I knew immediately that I did't want patterned paper, I wanted cardstock. Then it flowed, I knew what embellishments to use and in about 10 minutes the layouts had just about worked themselves.
Guess I'd better go back to using that system more often.