The number of sellers for scrapbook items keeps increasing. As a beginner it can be really overwhelming to know WHO to buy from. Less than 12 months ago there were an average of about 6000 - 10000 items available, 100 - 200 pages. Now there are 100s of pages and 10000s of items.
Do a search if you are looking for particular items, such as K & Co, Karen Foster, MME, MAMBI. Creative Memories etc. Get to know what is available and what style of items you like - especially embellishments - everything from heritage, jazzy, traditional, funky, thematic etc.
It can be tempting to go wild and buy lots of stuff at once (believe me!), but there actually a longer lasting joy to have smaller shopping sprees for a current project, rather than one big "gee that's pretty, I'll get one just in case...." kind of buying sprees. New things come out all the time, new colours, kits, designs and more.
Don't be afraid to try new looks or new styles. If you like something and can relate some of your photos to it - grab it and have fun!!! Or...as I did..... grab some really cool zoo, theme park, picnic ...etc stickers, then take your family and camera to that place so you can use those lovely new items, and have fun with the family.
Choose two or three trusted sellers like Crafts-R-Us, Leeanne's Craft Room or Windsor Botanicals for a great range of scrap items from trusted dealers. Items available from some of the other sellers are available in Woolworths, Target and Cheap-as Chips at a lower price, or are not acid free. Look for good deals on postage, check feedback, and look at stores for the types of items generally sold by the seller. Look for sellers who can offer clubs or card making / scrapping / stamping ideas and information.
If you have a good relationship with a seller, you can always ask them if they can get in a special item you have seen in a magazine or similar.