My hobby-for-life began around 2002 when my best friend introduced me to a scrapbook store. All it took were stickers that represented an upcoming vacation and that was all she wrote. It has broadened my life in many ways by opening the doors of communication between me and my family (including my husband) with photo-taking and journaling many aspects of our lives. The fringe benefit has been the friendships that have come-to-be as a result of this hobby.
I celebrate all those moments in my scrapbook pages and projects.
Stores / Online Shopping
Dick Blick (great resource for Copic markers)
Walmart.com (particularly for Cricut cartridges at a great price)
Yellow Fence - fun attire for the scrapbooker in you
Cafe' Press - crafty attire & accessories for the crafter - create your own while you're there
Papertrey Ink - tune-in each month for a new product unveiling
Stampin' Up! - Nancy K., my SU rep.
Resources / Books
ScrapScene - the latest and greatest in the world of scrapbooking
Lifelines: Creating Memory Art to Chronicle Your Personal Connections - by Carol Wingert & Tena Sprenger
Artful Memories: Create One of a Kind Scrapbook Pages, Memory Books and Framed Art - by Carol Wingert & Tena Sprenger
If you live in the DC Metro area or plan to visit, here are some great resources:
We Will Always Have Paris - the latest and greatst in paper arts in the DC Metro Area
Scrapbooks-Plus - our local scrapbook store
A Happy Stamper - our local stamp store
Paper-Source - located in Reston, Old Town Alexandria & Georgetown
Get Croppin - you could join us at a crop, typically at the Dulles Expo.
Scrapbooking/Papercraft Artists and their Product Lines
My Blog Archive on Crafts/Scrapbooking