I started scrapping before stamping and I also have those albums with just cardstock and stickers. And the cardstock was not even the thicker pretty ones we have today. Amazing the choices we have today in both stamping and scrapping supplies.
I former co-worker got me started in scrapbooking and that same person got me started in stamping. I've told her many times that she has made me spend all this money - it's all her fault. LOL. I really can't imagine my life without these papercraft hobbies though.