The other day, Janice used CropMom’s online tool to create a digital layout. I feel most comfortable with the old school scissors and paper, but thought that it would be in my best interest to look into digital scrapbooking to broaden my horizons. After reading Janice’s write-up on CropMom’s online tool, I gave it a whirl and was amazed at how simple it was. I never thought I would say this, but I actually enjoyed making a digital layout.
I always enjoyed looking at the gallery on Scrap Girls to see what their members had created and thought that digital scrapbooking was way out of my league, but this morning I started to look into how difficult it really is.
I started my quest to learn more by downloading the free PDF file from Scrap Girls called 15 things you need to know to become a great digital scrapbooker and jumped right to the section detailing the software needed. my first thought was that if the software required was too expensive, it would not be worth my time to try to learn more about it. I learned that I could start scrapping digitally by getting Adobe Photoshop Elements which is one of the most basic photo editing programs that Adobe offers. According to the PDF file I downloaded, a lot of scanners and printers may even come with Adobe Photoshop Elements included, but like many people I tend to lose or throw out the CDs that come with those items. I searched Amazon and found a lot of different software versions available, but for now I will try out the free trial offered by Adobe which is good for 30 days.
The free PDF is very informative and I would suggest that if you are looking to get into digital scrapbooking, you read through it. I learned a lot about what was needed and what I would need to learn. Below is the table of contents to give you a better idea of what is covered:
Why is digital scrapbooking so great?
What kind of computer set up is best?
Do I have to have a 12×12” printer to print my layouts out? What kind of paper do I use?
What kind of software do I need to scrapbook digitally?
How do I learn to digitally scrapbook?
How do I back up my files and layouts so that I won’t lose them?
How can I show other people my layouts?
What kind of supplies do I use when I digitally scrapbook?
Is it expensive to scrapbook digitally?
How do I get the supplies that I buy from the Internet stores?
Is it safe to buy supplies from the Internet?
How can I organize my supplies so that I can find them?
Do I have to have a digital camera? What do I do with my older photographs?
How can I get started?
Where can I find more information about digital scrapbooking?
Scrap Girls had several videos offered on their site that walked viewers through the digital scrapbooking process. You should know that there are many digital scrapbooking sites online that provide information about digital scrapbooking for beginners, but I was already on the Scrap Girls site and the videos were easy for me to understand. I thought that I would share the videos with you below, but I will also include some links to other sites that provide additional information because knowledge is power.
Creating a digital scrapbooking layout in Photoshop Elements 7 (part 1)
Creating a digital scrapbooking layout in Photoshop Elements 7 (part 2)
Creating a digital scrapbooking layout in Photoshop Elements 7 (part 3)
I am full time crafter, you can usually find me at the holiday craft shows.I am a grandmother to 4 wonderful boys and love to scrap their lives. I travel with my husband of 38 years, during the spring/summer months. We share our home with 2 beautiful cats which are part of our family now.