Scrapbooking is an incredible activity to do when you have a little bit of space and time. The thing with scrapbooking is that it can get messy, and can sometimes be overwhelming to clean up when you're finished. So here's what you will need:
1. A space to call your own
2. Storage you can keep hidden
3. Plastic containers
After a session of scrapbooking you don't want to have to clean up. If you decide to take on cleaning up after this sometimes messy activity, you may never want to do it again. On the plus side when you finally get the kids down to nap, you don't have to spend the majority of your time getting everything out again. That can be time consuming enough, so try to keep the mess hidden and readily available when time permits.
Plastic containers will help to keep you organized. Keep one container for all of your treasured pictures and papers that you'll want to eventually scrapbook. Keep one container for all of your scrapbook supplies, i.e. - scissors, tape, glue, stickers. Keep another container for plastic covers and scrapbook paper that you collect overtime.
The key to stress free scrapbooking is bagging your excess waste as you go, and clean up won't seem so daunting when it's time to stop. Put the important things away, i.e. - lid on glue stick, and then cover with a fold down desk, or move desk into closet, or place plastic containers in closet. Really you just want to save time, for set up and tear down.
I tend to only save things that can be placed on a decorative page, i.e. - a napkin that a loved one wrote on, concert tickets, or a page from a magazine with my favourite pair of shoes. Everyone is different, think outside of the scrapbooking box. I am an unconventional scrapbooker.
I know this is not what you would learn in a scrapbooking class, but it doesn't have to be cookie cutter perfect. Do what YOU want, use the colours YOU love, and the pictures and memorabilia that you want as a keepsake. Scrapbooking is an organized way to preserve your heart.
I will show you cheap and unique ways to put your beloved memories on a page.
I am a firm believer that you DO NOT have to spend a lot of money, or purchase your supplies at a specialty shop to achieve a modern and unique look. In fact the thing about many scrapbookers is that their pages don't look original at all. Every page has a pre-packaged theme with a few pictures that cost a lot of money. Some of my pages have a theme, but most of them just have stuff I really love pasted anywhere I see fit.
Many people that I know have literally spent hundreds of dollars building their scrapbooking arsenal, but never seem to utilize the tools purchased. I am a firm believer that you try something a few times to know whether it's the right thing to invest in. It is foolish to spend all of that money and never use what you purchased.
All you really need are common household items that you already have lying around the house. The only tool I believe to be very important is a proper scrapbooking glue stick. You can purchase this in a specialty shop or department stores in the scrapbooking aisle. A scrapbooking glue stick is designed to help prevent your pictures from fading. This is worth the extra money. I highly recommend that you do not skimp with this product, if you want to still be able to see your pictures in a decade. You can use a standard glue stick when pasting things other than photographs, in order to preserve the other more expensive glue stick.
In my opinion it is not necessary to purchase double sided tape, however I will tell you from someone who has invested a lot of their time in scrapbooking that this product will act as an incredible time saving device.
Cut out anything from magazine pictures that you like, to creative shapes and designs with scrapbooking paper that you can find at the dollar store, and use any pictures that you have either lying around or pull from a photo album that never gets looked at.
I DO NOT have any expensive scrapbooking tools, but I currently have 4 scrapbooks full of material, and I'm working on the 5th. Scrapbooking doesn't have to cost you more than $10 dollars but can be an eye catching and entertaining way to preserve your memories.