in memory

I've started this blog because I know how hard it is to scrap LOs
about lost loved ones; they're hard to do and they're hard to show people.

There isn't a lot of inspiration in the scrapping world when it comes to grief and loss.
I hope other scrappers will come here and find inspiration, or leave it for others.

PLEASE BE WARNED that some pictures or posts on this blog may be upsetting or confrontational.

Monday, March 8, 2010

What do I start with?

If you're a beginner scrapper, you will be bewildered by the choice of products available. Some stores have beginners kits available, or your local scrap shop may be able to recommend some beginner supplies for you. Here is a list of basics that will get you started:
* an album -- most scrappers choose 12x12 which will give you plenty of room to fit cards etc if you are thinking of including them in your album. Most papers and cardstock come in 12x12 inches as well, so it's a neat fit. I like 3-ring albums as they can be quickly re-arranged and you can add pages very easily. Some albums come with a thick card cover which you can cover and decorate yourself. I love the ones by American Crafts, but if this all seems a bit difficult for now, you can simply store your finished LOs in unused pizza boxes till later.
* adhesive -- my favourite is rolls of double-sided tape as it doesn't pucker the paper and is easy to apply, but adhesives are a matter of personal taste so you may like to try out a few different types.
* sharp, pointed scissors
* a paper trimmer OR a steel rule and scalpel with LOTS of spare blades
* paper and cardstock

To this list you can add
* ribbons and lace
* stickers
* buttons
* stamps
* paint and ink
* embossing powders
* brads
and a million more beautiful things

If you don't have a local scrapshop, find yourself a good on-line store and ask if they can help you with some starter supplies.
Another good tip is to join a local crop or scrap group -- some of the ladies may be able to help you with sharing supplies and tips to get you started.

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