The Beginning Scrapbooker

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Okay, I’m sitting here waiting for the insurance company to call back, so here is a quick entry, LOL!

A very nice lady, Jan, left this comment in the About Me section of my blog:
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Comment: I need the information you are providing. New to this whole thing….it’s overwhelming! Need help just getting started. I find myself buying, buying and buying some more and not producing. Taken 2 basic classes. Appreciate your contribution and the different style of blog you have available to us. Keep up the good job…it’s endless the possibilities.
Thanks, Jan
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Here is the answer I e-mailed to her:

Hi Jan,

Thank you for your comment. It IS overwhelming at first! I found it that way too. The best advice I got was to just grab 6-8 current photos (don’t worry about organizing them all first and being “in order”) and scrap a layout. Keep it simple. Doesn’t have to be artwork on your first try. Heck, if you hate the page later, you can add to it, or just have a “do over.” But you have to start, right?

Have you seen Becky Higgins’ Sketches series or Brenda Arnall’s Easy Patterns book? Those are very helpful, giving you a layout (with measurements!) to copy for starters until you feel like you can do it on your own. My other suggestion is to join a scrapbook message board if you haven’t already. The ladies are so helpful to new scrappers, so you won’t regret it. Try http://www.creatingkeepsakes.com or http://www.allmomentsremembered.com. I’m known as “journeyfan” on both boards so come by and say hi, okay?

Wishing you all the best in your scrapping adventures,
~Erika from ScrapbookObsession
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For all you experienced scrapbookers out there, do you remember what it was like to be “a newbie”? I sure do! I was beyond overwhelmed. Luckily, I had a good friend to guide me but if I hadn’t, I probably would’ve given up. Oh, shudder to think! Where would my life be without scrapbooking? (Uh, maybe….somewhere NORMAL???) Anyway, I just wanted to post this to remind us all that everyone has to start somewhere. I hope we always extend a hand out to help those who are just coming into this hobby. I admire Jan for leaving the comment, as even that can be scary when you’re new. But, Miss Jan, please hang in there. It will all make sense sometime soon, I promise. Hope to see you on the message boards, and don’t hesitate to post here or e-mail me if I can be of more help.

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2 Comments on The Beginning Scrapbooker

  1. Chrispea from PGH
    January 20, 2009 at 3:07 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Erika… I sure do remember (wasn’t that long ago!)… I remember printing and taking with me well over 100 photos to a 2 hour crop. (yeah, what was I thinking). I basically spent the time watching people and playing with the tools. I did manage to get 1 layout done… one very hideous layout. But, I had fun, and learned about some tools.

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  2. Patti M
    January 21, 2009 at 9:51 am (6 years ago)

    OUCH! on your car, Erika. Does it still run good? DH and I think they’ll fix it but if not you can always buy it back. Hope it works out…praying and keeping my fingers crossed…

    I remember when I first started scrapping. I wanted everything even though their wasn’t that much out at the time. And everytime I sat down to scrap, I didn’t know what to do. But in the end I’m glad I stuck with it. But I still panic when trying something new. So when I need help or have questions, I just go to All Moments Remembered (AMR) and my AMR family are always willing to help and answer my questions.

    Hugs,

    PattiM
    (Pattie’s passion)

    I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!!!

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