Thursday, December 06, 2012

Scrapbooking? Where Do I Begin?

First, stuff stuff and more stuff
I've been saying that I need to start using some of the scrapbooking stuff I've accumulated over the years. Some of these I started collecting back in 2002. And I haven't bought anything new in the past five years. So you're pretty much looking at a five years shopping frenzy.

In this first image, there is one large album (12x12) and six mini albums (6x6).  There are some rubber stamps (alphabet, sun and moon, even paperdolls!) and whole punches (mostly borders and corners) and lots of ephemera like charms, mini file folders, and other things I can use to collage some elegant pages.  Oh and there is even a mini-mini-scrapbook that's a mere 4x4 and paperback so not quite as intimidating as the fancy schmancy albums.
Almost all the pretty paper!

And that's just for starters because I also have papers.  The large album from the previous image is thematic: A Year in the Life album.  It came with these fancy sheets that you can see lined up on the right-hand side of the table.

The other papers are mostly thematically connected. You can see papers that look like old fashioned wallpaper while others look like damask and the colors easily work together because they are designed to do so.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that the 6x6 mini-albums above all have papers that are complementary to the book's cover!  So you can probably add a bunch of papers that are 6x6 to the above.  Or you can just pretend that I don't really have that much after all.  As you can also see from this second image, there are borders and picture frames.

Still more pretty paper.  
Here is my other collection of papers where I found some more mini-mini-albums.  And there are two flapbook kits with a tutorial sheet that should carry me through step-by-step.  I have no clue what I'll do with them.  And some of these pages are thick, textured, absolutely luscious.

So what am I going to do with all of this?

Honestly, what I want to do intimidates me.

Having so many supplies is also intimidating.  But I can't pretend that, whatever it is I think I want to do, I have more than enough to start.  Sure I may start creating a page and want a layer of something different, a piece of ephemera I don't already have, some velum or embellishment that would truly finish a page and give it the effect I desire.  However, it is far more likely that I can make enough of a beginning to get a solid foundation set down for myself, something to which I can gradually add over time.

Overwhelmed, absolutely.  I'm hoping that having these photos in front of my eyes, I will be more inspired than intimidated.


  1. I look forward to seeing photos of your creations :)

    1. I may even do one better and scan things for better clarity. Ooooh. :)