What is the initial process and how do you get your hands on WordPress in order to create your own website templates? You will need to go to WordPress.org and download a version in the language of your choice. You then extract the zip folder into the root of your site, and you will see tons of files pop up. Don't worry about opening those or going into them as what you need to work with will be significantly small. Then go to yoursite.com/wp_admin/ and you will go through the simple installation process which is basically just WordPress hooking itself up to a database which it creates in your server in order to work. That's all there is then you can start rolling.
Having an Internet connection is always an advantage, all you need to do is to look into those sites that offer scrapbook features for download and you will be able to find templates of your choice from there. These templates can help you if you are having problems on how you will be able to layout your scrapbook accordingly. Isn't it wonderful that you can look into ready made options like this?