Back to scrapbooking and not so much the personal side!! I have set up a page for picture restoring on my website. http://www.allmomentsremembered.com/id3.html please feel free to go take a look at the example of Mickey's work. Mickey is not only wonderful with photos but also a dear neighbor and friend. If you have any questions for her feel free to email her and ask away.
I have also set up a page for gift designers. I can't keep up any more! Trying to keep the website going, ordering, blogging, reading to keep up on everything, my family, dinner, laundry, you get the picture I had to ask someone to come help me keep my gift store going. Please feel free to look at this page and meet Amanda. http://www.allmomentsremembered.com/id4.html She is wonderful and will have lots of fun and beautiful items in the web store soon. I will continue making items for the store too. That's my favorite part!
I am working on a Grandma's corner for the website. I have found that their are many grandparents out there who are scrapbooking their grandchildrens memory pages for them. Makes sense so most of the time us Mommy's are so busy just raising these beautiful little ones. I want to help the Grandma's with any special needs they may have and be able to supply all their needs. If you have any ideas for Grandma's corner please let me know.
For anyone just getting started in scrapbooking I thought I would add the following for you. If you have ANY questions email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the beginners:
Supplies to Get You Started
You have the photos and you have seen gorgeous scrapbooks that friends or relatives have made. You even have a budding desire to be a scrapbooker, but when you enter the scrapbook aisle at the craft store or walk into a scrapbook store, you feel lost and don't know where to begin. There are so many products available in the scrapbooking industry that it is easy to feel lost or overwhelmed. Print this list and take it with you when you go shopping and you will be able to focus on those things that you really need to get started making beautiful scrapbooks!
1) An Album - Select the size album you want to work in and find a color or pattern that works for the theme of your album. 2) Refill pages for your album. Refills are not standard sizes, so it is best to pick up a few packs when you purchase your album so that you get the same manufacturer and size. This way you will not have to hunt for the refills later. 3) A nice sharp pair of scissors. My favorites have very fine tips and are comfortable to hold in my hand. You want a pair of scissors that are dedicated exclusively to your scrapbooking. This way they are always with your supplies and always nice and sharp.4) Adhesive. There are many, many different styles of adhesive. To get started you want an acid-free adhesive that will work well on both cardstock and photos. A couple of my personal favorites are: 3L Click 'n' Stick Mounting Squares, Herma Dotto Removable, and Herma Vario Wheel Dispenser. 5) Cardstock and Printed Papers. Select paper to go with the colors you wish to accent in your photos. You may want to purchase paper at your local scrapbook store so that you can select individual sheets for each page. 6) Journal Pens. Look for acid-free, permanent, pens with fine tips for hand writing your journaling. If you wish to hand write titles for your pages you may wish to purchase pens that have a fine tip on one end and a wider tip on the opposite end.
Those are the essentials, but as with any craft, there is always more that you may want to add to your supplies. Here are the ones that I would add next.
Very High on the "Want" List:
1) A 12" Paper Trimmer. 2) Embellishments that coordinate with your pages, such as stickers, 3-D Stickers, buttons, and more. 3) An Idea Book. My personal favorites are all from Becky Higgins. Take a look at Becky Higgins' Creative Sketches for Scrapbooking.
Additional Items to Consider When Budget Allows:
1) A Die Cut Machine with an Alphabet Set of Dies.2) Full Set of Journaling Pens.3) Circle/Oval Cutter. 4) More, more, more. Once you get started it's hard to stop. You will find yourself wanting more paper, more embellishments, and eventually more albums!