June 21, 2007

Calling All Scrapbookers!

I am so NOT with it.

I’ve managed to avoid this crazy Scrapbooking thing for this long….watching all of you go crazy over it and just not getting’ it. But the time has come for me to get my toes wet. This Sunday a group of girlfriends have invited me to a scrapbooking party. From 2-10pm I will dive into the pool of all things scrapbook and I’m so afraid I’m going to forget my swimsuit. (So to speak). So, months ago, in anticipation of this event, I bought a prepackaged kit with tons of confusing stuff in it.

Here’s what it came with, right off the label…..

Scrapbooking Organizer, which I assume is the cute box it came in

8 x 8 scrapbook and a 8.5 x 11 scrapbook

36 scrapbooking papers

3 paper edgers

3 sequin roping

26 foam alphabet letters

36 buttons

140 glitter stickers

5 dimensional paper labels

160 assorted brads

6 woven labels

180 paper flower embellishments

5.5 feet decorative ribbons

17 feet fun fibers

1 metal bucket (and what’s that for?)

Can I just say that most of that is a foreign language to me? So what am I missing? I seriously need some coaching. I’m so afraid I’m going to show up with great intentions and be missing some key component and have to just stare at everyone for 7 L-O-N-G hours.

So what do you recommend? What the heck am I missing? And what can you just not live without when you are scrapbooking?



Caroline said...

I've made 2 scrapbooks - I'm not very crafty, so they don't have any of those buttons/ribbbons/"embelishments". I made a scrapbook for my daughters 21st birthday with one page for each birthday (w/pics from each birthday party) It was simple, but I loved it. This year I made an Eagle Scout scrapbook for my son, and the Scout shop has loads of awesome papers and stickers, and I love how it has turned out. What can't I do without? I am uncertain of the official manner of adhesive, but I use rubber cement and love it - I have lots of experience with this thanks to school projects. I'm just getting into digital scrapbooking, and still have much to learn. Have fun, and pass along what you learn!

laura said...

Well, if what you listed is all you have then you will need some sort of adhesive!! Tape or glue (I prefer the little sticky double sided tape tabs, the sell them just about anywhere)And of course lots and lots of photos and be careful it's very addicting :)Have fun!

Anonymous said...

A glue stick. Make it two.

Cindy said...

WOW! That is a fancy set there! SO cute!!!

Do you have adhesive tape? I don't see it on there, and that is a DEFINITE.

The things I MUST have (I'm pretty simple, mostly photos, journaling and a splash of color here and there):
*photos (just pick out a few batches to take with you)
*pages and page protectors
*adhesive tape
*paper/photo trimmer (I have a favorite; let me know if you want the name of it.)
*Black acid-free pen for journaling (of course there are a zillion other colors as well!)
*calendar so I know when things happened
*Simple Scrapbooks magazine for ideas
*Bible (I try to include lots of scripture on my pages)
*M&Ms or similar vital sustenance
*Lime Tostidos
*Diet Coke

I really think the journaling part is vital; not everybody does that.

Emily says you're crafty, so you may really like the crafty end of it all. You'll find that your kids LOVE to look at the albums. Can't wait to hear what you think. Oh, how I wish I could join you!! I'm excited for you!

EE said...

That's a gorgeous set!!
I'd say that you probably need a good pair of scissors, a paper trimmer, and adhesives (I use the Hermafix).
This is a very addictive & expensive hobby, but soooo much fun!
Happy Scrappin'!

nsremom said...

You just can't scrapbook without a paper trimmer. It makes life grand. I have two sizes. One little one that I zip my photos into and crop them with a little zip....and a huge 12 x 12 one that I can trim my paper pages.

you MUST get one. Don't attempt without.

and I second or third the adhesive thing. The hermafix are easy, but since you're new just get anything. Then get several refills because they run out and it's usually when you're mid-page.

have fun. It's expensive!

ConservaChick said...

I have done a few books and I do enjoy it when I get going... but those scrapping parties, I usually just eat the snacks and talk and if I'm lucky, get a page done. Tell us how it goes! ~Karlie

Halfmoon Girl said...

I like the idea of scrapbooking as i don't sew, knit, etc. I haven't really done much because of, well, having NO time! Anyhoo, that is an awesome looking kit, and if you showed up at my house with that, I would be impressed!

Shari said...

Sounds like fun! Enjoy yourself! Remember to take your pictures too!


Bethany said...

My personal opinion, for whatever it's worth:

If you're just beginning, to be honest, I would leave a lot of the fancy extras at home. Save them for "some other time" and keep it simple for a while so you won't be overwhelmed.

At this point, all you really need are the scrapbooks, papers, fancy scissors ("edgers"), and maybe a few of the stickers. ADD some straight scissors, a trimmer, and of course photo-safe adhesive. ALSO get 2 photo-safe pencils, 1 dark, 1 light-- for marking crop lines on your photos.

Perhaps add some alphabet stickers for your page headings-- but leave the foam ones home for now & get plain flat ones. Journaling pens are essential also, tho perhaps not for this session-- I find it easier to journal later at home when I can focus better.

And I wholeheartedly agree with the commenter who suggested M&Ms & lime tostidos. (But forego the diet Coke & bring a bottle of H2O! :-)

Ang said...

One thing that is very easy to do with scrapbooking is to do too much. The whole industry has gone a little crazy. You can easily spend a bunch of money just doing a few pages.

Having said that, my best bit of advice is to KEEP IT SIMPLE. Don't try to do too much or you might run out of money and patience rather quickly. Relax and enjoy yourself.

Oh, and don't forget the snacks.

Anonymous said...

Where did you get this lovely set? What is the name of this kit -I can't quite read the label. Who makes it? thanks-Melissa

Gayle said...

I got the kit at Costco and they had a pink themed one too! It was a while ago but I'm thinking it cost about 40-50 dollars.

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