OMG you're barking up my tree! I have 4 12x12 albums complete and am currently on my 5th. Did a 8½x11 for my Mom for Christmas.
I subscribe to Ivy Cottage Creations, PaperKuts, Scrapbooks, Etc. I read Memory Makers and Creating Keepsakes.
I have SO much stuff and the new Making Memories line is really awesome. I could talk about it for hours
I use a Creative memories album, but that's all I really use of their product line
I use Hermafix for adhesives and love the Paper Bliss line as well as the Making Memories line for embellishments.
Here in NY, there's not many scrapbook stores. I usually get most of my stuff at AC Moore (craft store, like a Michael's, only better) or online. I have a small area set up in my spare room with an art table and all of my stuff.
I also go to SDV's http://www.dreameventsinc.com which is a weekend away where you crop all weekend. Last year I slept 6 hours in 3 days.
I love the hobby but do spend a fortune on it! However, the finished product is great.
My philosophy is not about getting pictures into albums for memories, although that's a great benefit and end result. I do it for the hobby because it's really my only hobby (besides the FoRT, of course ) and love to spend hours tinkering on one page.
Oh my, I'm rambling, but I LOVE the hobby and would be glad to discuss stuff via PM if anyone is interested!!