Beginner Scrapbook Essentials

Are you thinking of getting into scrapbooking?  I have some basic questions to ask yourself before you get started and a few basic supplies.  First, what kind of scrapbooking do you want to do?  There are two choices, pocket pages or classic scrapbooking.  Pocket pages aka Project Life, is scrapbooking with formated page protectors.  The pages are made with 3x4 and 4x6 card designs.  They are meant to enclose your photos as well has decorative cards or patterned paper.   It is a simple way to scrapbook.  Classic scrapbooking is done on patterned paper in open page protector.   
This usually leads to the second question, what size do you want to work on?  There are multiple of different sizes to work on with both options.  Ring binders range from 4x4, 8x8, 6x8, 9x12 and 12x12 or post bound albums are available in 6x6, 8x8 and 12x12.  Once you have decided on the size, purchasing corresponding page protectors is the next item you will need to get you started.  
There are wonderful subscription kits available these days to get you started in either format.  I have been recommending kits a lot these days because of the array of supplies you get a sampling of to try out.  A kit for scrapbooking will usually have 5-10 12x12 patterned papers, a set of alphas, ephemera, stickers, wood veneers and more.  The Project Life kits with some with the same elements but instead of 12x12 paper its usually 6x6 paper pads.  A few that I've tried include Hip Kit Club, Clique Kits and Studio Calico.  Others that are available include Citrus Twist, Scraptastic, Cocoa Daisy, Gossamer Blue, Felicity Jane and many more.  All are the same but some offer different exclusive supplies.  They usually will be priced at about $30 not including shipping.  I think they are a great way to get started so you do not have to walk into a large craft store and buy everything individually.  
If you do not want to get a subscription kit all you are going to need is some basic white card stock, some patterned paper either 12x2 open stock or a pad and/or a 6x6 pad too.  That is all I started out with.  You can find these items at the art supply store easily.  
Some supplies include a paper trimmer, long blade scissors, short blade scissors, liquid adhesive, a tape runner adhesive.  I have purchased the Fiskars paper trimmer once and have had it for years.  Replacement blades are all that you need to continue usage.  I also love the Fiskars scissors for large paper cutting and the Cutter Bee for fussy cutting needs. 
Don't forget to print pictures.  There are applications available for send photos for print to CVS, Walgreens and Target.  Purchase a home photo printer when its a hobby you are committed too and want to do the investment.  
All of my journaling on layouts, cards or on photos is done with the Sharpie Pen or Ultra fine markers.  I have repurchased these many times.  
I would also recommend starting out with a few punches, circles in particular.  I have used my 2.5 inch, 2 inch and 1.5 inch circle punches the most and they are great for creating ephemera.  
These are your basic supplies needed to get started in this wonderful hobby of scrapbooking. I hope I have given you a few suggestions.  I have provided my talk through video below for your viewing pleasure.  
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