It breaks my heart to know that so many people decide not to scrapbook just because they don't know how to do it like the professionals. A friend will find out I scrapbook and go, "That's so cool. I want to scrapbook someday. Maybe when I have time to take a scrapbooking class or something."
Here's the thing about scrapbooking: it's not engineering. You don't need textbooks and courses and professors to teach you how to scrapbook. Will scrapbooking classes help you improve on scrapbooking? Sure.
But here's the thing: you don't need advanced scrapbooking acumen to scrapbook. Just some photographs or random paper goods that you have saved.
Whether they're pictures or postcards or concert tickets -- or, if you're anything like me -- anything even remotely related to the wedding-planning experience (fun fact: for my "wedding planning" scrapbook, I scrapbooked both the stationary samples AND the tags to my flower girls dress!), it doesn't matter. Anything that is connected to a memory, anything that you feel deserves more than just being shoved into a shoebox for all eternity.
cardstock (or even just construction and printer paper if you prefer),
sheet protectors (the same size as your paper and scrapbook -- 12" x 12" for cardstock and sheet protectors are the norm. However, if you are using a regular 3-ring binder, your best bet is 8 x 11 paper/sheet protectors. And some sheet protectors come with white cardstock inserted into the protectors. So, hey, kill two birds with one stone),
Feel like getting fancier? You can get things like scrapbooking tape (I recommend sticking to brands you know and love. Elmer's and Scotch have yet to let me down, whereas the lesser-known brands have), or a paper trimmer, go right ahead. But do not let that overwhelm you. There are a million do-dads for the art of scrapbooking. Let that stuff happen as it does. Keep it simple at first.
And, really, scrapbooking is as simple as taping/gluing the paper products onto cardstock. Now -- you can add borders and trim and punch-outs of shapes and letter stickers and corner embellishments and blah blah blah blah blah. Don't be afraid to figure out this noise as you go along. What's the worst that can happen -- your earlier work won't look as nice as your later work?
Oh no. That has never happened to anyone else, ever.
Slowly, but surely, my "concerts" scrapbook become "any type of event that I bought through Ticketmaster" scrapbook, which morphed into "really, anything with tickets." So, everything, from comedy shows to hockey games, ended up in this scrapbook.