Lurker here. I've been paper scrapping for a few years and I really love it. I mostly got started when I had DS and really enjoyed it, but then DH lost his job when DS was 7 months old and I haven't bought a thing since. I used up most of my stash, and since I've run out of supplies I kind of let it go- I've been printing pictures and putting them in photoboxes with little notes about the event, DS's schedule at that time, etc. I *really* miss scrapping, and I talked to DH the other day about how much I miss it and I've been trying to see if there is a cheaper way to do it. He does have a job now, but we're currently working our way out of the unemployment hole that was dug so our budget is still extremely tight. I've always been a frugal scrapper, but I was wondering if digi might be cheaper.
I know there are a ton of free digi kits-- but doesn't it get expensive to print the pages? Is there anywhere that prints 12x12 reasonably priced or would I need to switch to 8 1/2x11 to be able to afford to print? Would I need to spend the money on an awesome printer? What kind of paper do you have to use to print pages if you do them at home and how expensive is it?
I guess when I look at both options, I'm wondering if in paper scrapping you spend the money before you make the pages, and if in digi scrapping you spend it after you make the pages-- and it all comes out the same, you know?
I would plan to start with a free/cheap program like Picasa and see how it goes before jumping into something like PSP or Elements.
Also, how much space do you really need to dedicate on your computer for digi? I have a key drive I can use to store materials if necessary.
Thank you so much for putting up with my zillions of questions and long post!