A Getting Started Guide for new crafters
All new crafters are welcome here! This is your place to find out about getting started with card making and / or scrapbooking, we’ll cover determining your preferred style and get some simple, straightforward information about basic crafting tools and words!
Taking up a new hobby and learning new things is exciting but it can be overwhelming and the jargon can be totally confusing! I remember my first craft show – 3 days later I’d spent far too much, had no idea how half of it worked and realised afterwards I didn’t have the basics I needed to really get going!
This page breaks down some basics, gives you information with links to previous blog posts I’ve done on these subjects, some videos and guides to help you get started, so you’ll soon be crafting up a storm and wowing all of your friends and family with your creations!
What’s your Style?
Do you know what style you like? Are you a clean and simple, vintage, watercolour, layered / patterns type of person? I presented at the European Stampin’ Up! Convention in 2014 on this very subject and as a craft coach I can help you work out which you are, and therefore what you’re more likely to need in your craft room to help you create your style.
The easiest way to work it out is look at the following images and decide which is more you – that’s probably your basic, starting style (that’s not to say you can’t learn to create the other styles, but they might not come as easily to you). You can see I’m not much of a vintage or grunge girl, because I struggled to find some examples to show! I’m much more of a clean / bold / simple kinda gal – although I’m above getting really inky when I fancy it!
Once you’ve got an idea in your head as to which you prefer, look at the colours and stamps available in my Shop to see how they might work more easily with your chosen style. If you’re Bold check out Brights, if you’re vintage look for Regals, and if you’re more soft / layering look of Shabby Chic try Subtles.
Click here to see the Colours available.
Click here to see the Stamps available.
Styles work for both card makers and scrapbookers – the difference is just what you create!
Completely New to Card Making
If you have never done any card making before or you have but you don’t own anything yourself, then the very first thing you need to purchase is a kit. This gives you a taster in a box and everything you need to create 20 cards to get you going. All you need to add is glue. You get the card bases, embellishments, inks and stamps – everything you need to get going and you have a stamp set that you can then use in the future too. There’s nothing better for new crafters getting started than a good kit.
Choose one of these kits and some glue. These kits are Watercolour / Clean & Simple style and also the Bolder / Modern style of Oh Happy Day.
There are more kits available here (click this link) some kits require you to purchase the stamps / inks / blocks separately.
Completely New to Scrapbooking
Ok, so you’ll need to start off with a choice, do you want to try your hand at traditional scrapbooking (using a 12″ x 12″ sheet of card and adhering photos and elements to it to create a “spread” or “layout”) or do you prefer the quicker, easier method of adding photos to pockets in an album along with some writing (journalling) to tell your story (known as Project Life by Stampin’ Up)? The good news is you can get both here with me.
- Read this blog post about getting started with Project Life by Stampin’ Up!
- See all the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products by clicking here.
- Read this blog post about scrapbooking a simple page using our 12 x 12″ cardstock, ink and embellishments
Whether you are a scrapbooker or a card maker there are some very basic tools that are essential to get you going past the kit stage.
- Scissors – a really good, sharp pair of scissors (Paper Snips are my favourite), you won’t realise the difference until you have them in your hand!
- Adhesives – must be acid or lignin free for memory keeping, so all Stampin’ Up! adhesives are – choosing between a wet or dry glue is a personal choice, but also sometimes to comes down to what you want to stick down! See my Quick Tip Video on the differences and applications
- Piercing Tool – an all round excellent tool for guiding things into place, getting embellishments off of their backing and doing paper piercing if you wish too!
- Stampin’ Trimmer – you cannot do without something to cut card stock or photos. Click this link to watch a video on the benefits of this trimmer!
- Bone folder for card makers – this gives you a nice crisp finish to any fold of cardstock
Purchase any of these items by clicking the product image below, you’ll be taken to my Shop.
So that covers the basics of what crafters getting started with card making or scrapbooking need, but I have written many blog posts over the past few years that cover a variety of styles and designs; here are a few you might find useful to give you some more inspiration. (please remember that some products shown may no longer be available from Stampin’ Up!)
- How To Organise Your Photos Brilliantly
- OnStage 2015 Memories Made Easy
- Card Idea for You with Touches of Texture
- Card and a Cuppa with Stampin’ Up! Products
As you’ve joined my Crafty Corner news list, you’ll continue to get a monthly email with a project idea – cards, Project Life by Stampin’ Up! or scrapbook layouts it varies every month. Have fun, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
More resources are being added every day, so keep checking my website home page and the menu in the top bar.
Thanks for reading, crafty hugs, Pip x