The day I decided that I'd like to start scrapbooking, I went to our local craft shop and I stood in front of the tiny stand of papers for I think probably about two hours, and I chose some things, brought them home and began cutting. But then I decided I didn't have exactly what I needed, so I looked online and bought a few more things, and - you can fill in the rest. Like almost every scrapbooker on the planet I now have plenty.
Very often there'll be the leftovers from several projects sitting on my desk when I go to begin my next project. But I like it like that. I don't tidy too much because I love to have my favourite pieces where I can see them, so that I can squeeze them onto a layout again soon.
This one started with that little wooden album cover from Jenni Bowlin. When I saw that it was stamped with "Made with Love" I knew I wanted to make a page about one of my craft projects; and when I looked round at the other bits and pieces on my desk, I realised that the colours all fitted with my crochet blanket. So I did a crochet layout to record my new found love of yarn hookery. You could call it a chain reaction.
There is journaling under the album cover which is hinged and fixed to the page with some of the wool I've been using. It's in exactly the same colours as the paper I've been buying: house decorating, crafting, taking photographs, I lean towards the same look.
Maybe you're the same? Or completely different? Is your house decorated with the same shades you dress in, or make stuff with?
For more thoughts on starting with the supplies before the story, see Scrapbooking Process When Your Starting Point is Product over at Get It Scrapped