Before you venture out into the world of scrapbooking, its important to pick up some supplies: Head on over to the local scrapbooking retail location or craft store. There youll be able to pick up both scrapbooking essentials and fun scrapbooking accessories that will make your pages really pop. For your basics, you may want to pick up a 12x12 paper cutter and trimmer, double sided tape or a roll-on adhesive, 12x12 cardstock in various colors and journaling pens. Keep a lookout for lignin and acid-free products while purchasing supplies, as these are the best for preserving memories. Fun accessories can be stickers, brads, hole punchers and stamps and ink. If you do not have a local scrapbooking store in town, then you can find most of your essentials at a megastore as scrapbooking has exploded as a popular hobby within the past decade or so. After purchasing your supplies, you can either work at home or attend a local scrapbooking event. Local scrapbooking events can be a ton of fun for both novices and scrapbooking experts alike. These events host dozens of enthusiastic scrap bookers who love to get together, trade ideas and show off their talents. Its also a great way to get a lot of work done in a few hours of time. Sometimes local scrapbooking events can even take the shape of a retreat in which the participants stay overnight in a hotel and work on their albums with their peers all day in the conference rooms.