September 30, 2018


Hello friends! Just recently, I had one of my managers from work ask me if I would do an album for someone in her family. I declined, not because I did not want to do it, but because it is a lot of work... and I can't do simple such as let's throw a photo on cardstock with a photo or two and add some stickers and call it done. It would take me a long time to create an album for her because I am my worse critic. I don't know how to leave a layout alone... I just keep messing with it.

However, I soften the blow by offering to give her a bunch of stuff for free. Stuff that I was glad to give away to someone who would appreciate it and use it! Rather than sell it online. That night, I went home, grabbed a box and filled it up with lots of cardstock, patterned papers, stickers, die cuts, an 8"x8" album with lots of pages and one tape runner. All she had to do was go to Staples, per my instructions and buy a straight trimmer. :)

A few days later, I received an email from her telling me how much she and her MIL enjoyed making an album together for 4 hours. That right there made my day. Having said this, It made me wonder how many women out there have the desire to scrapbook, but aren't sure where to begin. I honestly believe there are quite a few out there which brings me to this post.

I am going to share with you a list of products you MUST have in order to create a scrapbook of your very own. Then, I am going to share with you other items with links that you may want to consider. One mistake I made when I started this hobby over 18 years ago was thinking I needed to buy EVERYTHING. Please, please, please do NOT do this. If you do this, you will end up buying tons of stuff that you will use once and then they will simply sit on your shelf. Trust me...been there, done that.

So... what do you really need to get started? If you have a Creative Memories consultant near you, I'd recommend Creative Memories' tools. I've been using their tools since I started scrapbooking. Their quality is one of the best, in my opinion. If you do not have a consultant, you can still order online and search for the nearest consultant before checking out. Or you can simply go to Hobby Lobby or Michaels to get similar products.You will need:

  • An album. You may want to look through a few online galleries such as or acherryontop to get an idea as to what size you want to start with. There are a variety of sizes such as 12"x12", 8 1/2"x11", 8"x8", 6"x8". I started out using Creative Memorie's 12"x12" cloth albums which worked wonderfully. However, over time, I noticed I was using more smaller sized photos, not the typical 4"x6" photos. This is fine, but I felt like I needed to fill the entire page with something when I was using smaller photos on a 12"x12" page. Therefore, I switched to an 8 1/2"x11" album. If you're unsure about the size, pick one and see if it works out for you! 
  • You will need cardstock and patterned paper. I usually start with white cardstock for my base and then I cut different patterns down to mat/frame my photo(s).
  • Stickers. It's easier to shop for stickers or papers if you have a specific them you're planning on scrapping such as vacation, birthday, pets... you get the idea.

Some other tools you may want to consider, which happens to be my absolute favorite tools today include:

And that's really all you need to get started. Once you get comfortable and you pinpoint a style, find out what you like to use on your layouts etc...explore new techniques, you can buy more tools/supplies. If you are new to scrapbooking and your local Craft Store offers workshops, this is a great way to learn different techniques! Be sure to check back in a few weeks. I will be back with a layout in which I will share my though process with step-by-step instructions on how I complete the layout. That way, if you're new to scrapbooking, you will know how to complete a scrapbook page with no stress! :)

Thanks for visiting today!

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