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Here are some helpful items that you should have before you start on any new scrapping adventure.
A bunch of patterned paper, they sell them in big selections at most of the stores, and for pretty good prices, Walmart has one that is 200 pages for 10$
A 12x12 trimmer, even if you aren't doing a 12x12 book you never know when will find a cute paper that you will need a big trimmer for.
Adhesive, there are MANY different kinds out there, and you really just have to find one that works for you. Some good names are Scotch and Zots
A good sharp pair of scissors, I personally use the cutterbee scissors and they work VERY well.
A cutting board! You can use a good razor blade on them or just make it a surface to make your pages on so you don't ruin the table you work on.
A good razor blade for cutting in small areas, easier to use with a ruler than scissors.
Colored Pens/Markers for journaling.
Embellishments! Buttons, eyelets, brads, stickers... Anything that is scrapbooking safe.
Pictures! If you do not have any printed off, don't forget to do this! Otherwise you will end up stuck!
As for hints for scrapping, always remember to have Acid free and Linen Free items. Otherwise you can ruin your pictures. Another hint, if you are still storing your pictures in those magnetic photo albums from like forever ago, they are going to ruin your pictures. You can get inexpensive photo holders at most scrapping stores. Also, more tape is not always better, especially if you are like me and change your mind in a day after setting up a layout.
Most important of all, remember to have fun!
Any other hints and items you might need, you can PM me and I will just keep adding them on! This way we don't get a whole bunch of replies for people to look through for a quick topic.
The best advice given to me that I can pass along...
Don't get carried away when you start shopping for your supplies. Look at the gallery section and find pages that appeal to you. Then figure out what supplies are used is those repeditively. If you aren't sure what was used, just ask on the main board..someone will be sure to help you.
Always go to the store with your picture or a sketch in hand. That way when you buy supplies, you only buy those that you need. Sure there may be things you want, but if you're like me and most beginner scrapbookers, you always end up with a load of supplies that you will never use.
last- have fun! play with your pages. Your sense of style will develope over time as you gain more knowledge and become more comfortable with scrapbooking.