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:

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
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 www.creatingkeepsakes.com or 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

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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    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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    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.


    (Pattie’s passion)

    I Scrap So All Moments Are Remembered!!!

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