Do you have any friend who are interested also? A few of us went in together and bought some stuff. Now we share. Stuff like scissors, stickers, paper, pens and stuff like that. But really all you need to get started is your own book. I started with Creative Memories stuff (expensive). But now I just get my stuff at Michaels. They have 50% off coupons in every Sundays paper here. Recently I found the best books there, they were exactly like the high quality ones I saw at CM.
Anyway, maybe a scrap booking co-op?