So my one hobby that I hope I will stick with is Scrapbooking. I now have 2 kids and I like the idea that I am thinking ahead as to what to include in their book. I have baby books but I don’t like the cookie cutter fashion of them. I like the idea that I can create something from my own head that reflects the pictures and the event.
For the beginning scrapper I would say, the only thing bulk you want to invest in are good pens/markers and solid backround paper. No matter what size you have I think you will always use those two things. The next thing I do is go through my pics and see which ones I want for that layout. I put those pictures in my album, because it has pockets, and then I head off to Archivers (http://www.archiversonline.com/index.asp) and work on my projects. Why there? Then I only get what I have to have to finish a page, plus they have lots of die cuts and tools that you can use while there. They have a color photo copy for pictures if you want to blow them up or just make a copy. And the biggest plus of all is that I am able to concentrate on my scrapping and not have to worry about which kid is going to be up and needing me.
Inspiration comes from scrapping magazines and here are links to my favs:
http://www.creatingkeepsakes.com/ Creating Keepsakes mag, lots of stuff in the mag and on-line and lots of contests and sweeps for getting free product.
http://www.simplescrapbooksmag.com/ Simple Scrapbooks is a great help in doing pared down but beautiful pages in short bits of time.
Scrapbooking Etc by Better Homes and Gardens is another one I subscribe too for ideas and page layouts that are quick simple and not too expensive.
Enjoy the day!