New to digital scrapbooking? Don’t be overwhelmed! Digital scrapbooking can seem confusing at first, but it is very simple.
First, do you have a program? If not, either purchase a cheap one or download a free one (Picasa). Don’t spend a lot of money to start with.
Second, does your program have pre-loaded graphics and art for you? If not, go to one of the freebie links below and start downloading a few small kits that you like. Just pick a couple to get you started. There are thousands of freebies out there and you don’t want to get overwhelmed this early on.
Third, pick one or more photos that you would like to scrap your first page with. You may not get it perfect at first but play around with the program you have chosen. If you are having trouble, just ask us!
Great website with reviews of top 10: http://scrapbooking-software-review.toptenreviews.com
-HP Creative Scrapbook Assistant - easy and fast. ~ $30
-Picasa - quick photo enhancements...fixing red eye, cropping, etc. Free download from Google
-Adobe Photoshop - in depth photo enhancements & scrapbooking. You can erase things out of a picture, add blur, etc. You can make pages with this program too, but it is more in depth and takes more time. Priced high.
-Microsoft Digital Image Pro/Picture It – photo enhancements & scrapbooking. Being replaced by Windows Vista.
-Scrapbooking Factory Deluxe – easy and fast scrapbooking ~ $20
-Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Designer – good beginning scrapbook program ~ $10
-GIMP - FREE program http://www.gimp.org/windows/
All of your backgrounds, accents, edges, frames, and wordart can be downloaded from the internet. You can buy sets or just watch for the freebies. They come in a zipped folder which you unzip and file. An external hard drive is highly recommended because you will collect LOTS of files.
I am up to 15 CDs worth at present. I have them on my external hard drive and also on a CD just in case. I organize them and then print out as a contact sheet (30 to a page). That way when I am making a page, I can flip through my 3 ring binder and see everything that is available. I number the pages with the number of the CD they are on. –rhythmsofgrace
There are several websites that you can get freebies from...Some of them you need to sign up for their newsletter and they send you freebies monthly or weekly in the mail. Most of the sites have fun games and challenges. Visit the forums to see what's available and check out their galleries for ideas on pages. Most of them you need to register, but that's free. Here are some…
www.rakscraps.com They have a monthly Megakit that starts the middle of the month.
www.digitalfreebies.com They have a weekly Friday freebie...sign up for the newsletter.
www.divinedigital.com They have a daily freebie that is a huge megakit each month. They also have a freebies forum where members post freebies they have available on their blogs, etc.
www.1hourscrap.com They have a daily WordArt freebie each day.
www.scrapbook-elements.com They send out a newsletter packed with freebies!
www.3scrapateers.com They have a megakit that you download and get a password to open at a scheduled chat once a month. They give other freebies at the chat as well.
http://www.gottapixel.net They have a daily freebie that adds into a large megakit each month.
http://www.freedigitalscrapbooking.com Tons of freebies to download.
http://www.digitalscrapbookingfreebies.com This is a new site with freebies to download
http://www.digitalscrapbookplace.com You can download past freebies from site and new ones are added regularly
http://www.shabbyprincess.com Great freebies
http://www.oscraps.com - You must sign up but many beautiful kits
Links for photoshop downloads: brushes, etc
Those and more listed at: http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tools/brushes.html
Another site for free brushes http://brushes.500ml.org/list2.php
You can also print your scrapbook in book format, there are a few sites that do this:
Fonts - google "free fonts" and get as many fun ones as you can. They are so handy when you are scrapping and can add to the look of your pages. There are several sites that have tons of them.
fonts can really gobble lots of memory, you can use a free program like the font thing (google it, there's lots of places to download it) to help keep them all organized and it will even show you a preview of each font.... nice and handy IMO It allows you to store font files on external drives or discs and still use them or you can store them on your computer in the main windows font file or special file you have for dowloads etc...
Many sites have challenges that you can enter to learn and earn more freebies. It is almost always required that you credit any of your backgrounds, fonts, elements, etc to the person who made them. Thus, you should consider saving the graphics in such a way that you will be able to tell who the artist was if you ever want to post your LOs in online galleries. One way is to make sure the name is in the file name. Another way is to file them in folders by artist.