View Full Version : Digital Scrapping ~ Where to Start?

12-08-2005, 04:15 PM
I've really enjoyed reading the threads on Digital Scrapbooking but with all the information I've seen I'm totally clueless where to start. Can someone point me in the right direction? And for those of you who do this, have you totally given up regular scrapbooking? :scratchin :dancer:

12-08-2005, 08:16 PM
I will never give up regular scrapbooking but I would like to do a bit of digital scrapbooking. I would like to so some slide shows on DVD and think that it might make them more interesting if I would do the photos in a bit of scrapbook format. I haven't got a clue as yet but I picked up a magazine today about digital scrapbooking. It's by Sample Scrapbooks. I thought I'd curl up tonight and read it

12-09-2005, 07:46 AM
Chessie, what type of connection do you have? are you on comcast cable? If so they offer a nice free slide show program. it doesn't make DVD but VCD's that play on most PC. I make them all the time. Give them out as gifts for events or activities we do as groups.

12-09-2005, 07:52 AM
I still have plain old dial up. I live too far out to get cable or DSL. I am patiently waiting though. Civilization is moving closer to me bit by bit.

12-09-2005, 05:37 PM
I'd like to find out where to start also. I've looked and many digital layouts and thought I'd really like to start doing pages that way...but I don't have a clue where to begin. So I can't wait to hear what others have to say.

12-10-2005, 01:25 AM
i'd also like to know! i need it in a "lameman's terms", if possible. i am so not "technical"...

but digital scrapbooking sounds very appealing to me, since it just seems like whatever scrap/stuff/papers/embellishments/etc. you need, it's just in your computer & you just click away, and voila!! of course, i could be wrong!! :flower:

12-10-2005, 05:40 AM
do a search for digital scrapbooking and several sites should come up. On just about every site, there is a free download. Download it and open up Photoshop (or whatever you might have) and just start playing. I have dabbled a little bit into it, but not alot. One site that has some great monthly downloads is Shabby Princess (http://www.shabbyprincess.com/) . Her kits are to die for. Really, digital scrapbooking is just like regular scrapbooking, you are working in layers and you just keep adding more layers to your "page".


12-10-2005, 05:42 AM
Here (http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/userprofile.asp?user_id=44413) is the link to my pages at 2ps. I have a folder set up for my digital layouts. Like, I said, I have dabbled in it a little bit. Take a look at the digital gallery on 2ps and you will be amazed!!!!

12-11-2005, 05:05 PM
Thanks for the Shabby Princess Site. I found on her FAQ page a question like mine, where to get started and she had a link posted. I'm headed there now :-)

12-12-2005, 11:12 PM
I think www.scrapbook-bytes.com has some great tutorials. It just takes quite a bit of practice, but once you get it you are hooked. At least I was. I use PaintShopPro, and I thought it was pretty tough to learn, but I just practiced, practiced, practiced. I'll never give up regular scrapping, but I do love digital too. I'll try to post some pics tomorrow. I also like www.digitalscrapbookplace.com, www.scrapbook-elements.com, and www.cgessentials.com too for their tutorials.

12-12-2005, 11:49 PM
I started off by downloading a free 30 day trial of Photoshop Elements from adobe.com. Then I headed straight to Shabby Princess (link in a previous post) and downloaded her free kits. You can spend hundreds of hours (well at least 30 days LOL!) playing with PSE and the free kits. Once you have the software and some kits, you're ready for the tutorials.

I very rarely paper scrap anymore - I absolutely love digital.

12-13-2005, 03:59 PM
I downloaded a couple of tutorials from the mentioned sites and went to work with my JASC program. I quickly have come to the conclusion that for this and for me I have the wrong program. I've only used my program for basic stuff before this and didn't really think it was that terribly user friendly, the tutorials convinced me of this. I couldn't find any of the screens shown on the tutorials. I've decided I'm going to try Microsoft's Digital Image Suite. I did love the list of programs on scrapbookbytes.com and their ratings, although I think JASC should be rated as High on learning. ARGH. Typically I'm pretty good with new programs but not this one. SIGH. Anyway I did join one of the forums and will get started soon.

12-13-2005, 05:34 PM
HP has an awesome online class going on right now. It goes until January 15th I think. I think there are 4 lessons up so far maybe 5. I got started after the beginning date. It's a free class and you work at your on pace. It has really helped clear up some questions I was having. It even teaches you how to make your own decorative papers and elements. Lots of fun!

12-13-2005, 10:00 PM

You can see more of my digital pics in the sticky up top "Virtual Scrapbooks" POST NO. 30.

12-14-2005, 02:47 PM
Those are gorgeous. That's one of the reasons I really want to try digital. Those are layouts that I personally could never do on paper but might just have a chance at with digital. Thanks for sharing.

As for the HP class is it at HP.com? I have an HP printer/copier/scanner which has a port through which I load my digital pictures. The software it came with lets me do a little editing of my pictures but not a lot.

12-14-2005, 04:22 PM
Thanks MiknMinMouse! One thing I have to say for digital scrapping, once you know your program it is soooo much quicker than traditional scrapping. As I said, I still love the traditional way, but I'm trying to get this baby book done for my sister for Christmas, and I would never have completed it in time if I was doing a traditional scrapbook.

I think Photoshop is probably easier to learn than Jasc PSP, but I went with the program I had. It was horrible trying to learn it, I almost gave up, but I kept looking for online tutorials and just kept at it until I got it. I still have alot to learn as far as making my own elements, that's why I go with the kits for now, but the great thing is that they are reusable!

Good luck in your endeavour! :)

12-14-2005, 08:24 PM
[COLOR=Green]I think Photoshop is probably easier to learn than Jasc PSP, but I went with the program I had. It was horrible trying to learn it, I almost gave up, but I kept looking for online tutorials and just kept at it until I got it. I still have alot to learn as far as making my own elements, that's why I go with the kits for now, but the great thing is that they are reusable!
Good luck in your endeavour! :)

Thanks, I downloaded the Digital Image Suite from Microsoft and so far I think I'll love it. It's very user friendly. When you want to do something, you click on what you want to do and a sidebar pops up with instructions and tips. I LOVE that. I"m still having trouble with my JASC program it's so slooooowwwww too. I think I'm going for Microsoft although I plan on using the trial version for a bit longer to make sure.

12-15-2005, 10:10 AM
Here is a link to the HP classes. They have other classes too. The digital scrapbooking class I am taking should be the first one on the list I think.


12-15-2005, 12:22 PM
Thanks I just signed up for the December - January Class :-)

12-24-2005, 04:20 PM
Thanks I just signed up for the December - January Class :-)

Me too :goodvibes What a great tip! Thanks mommie2angels. I see they have a CS2 class too - might have to give that one a go once I've finished the scrapping.

This should keep me out of mischief for a couple of weeks - then I can start scrapping my FTW photos :cheer2:

Tracy W
12-26-2005, 05:19 PM
Hi Everyone,

Wow - I saw that one of my students had heard about the HP course from this message board, so (BEING THE MASSIVE DISNEY LOVER) that I am, I had to come and check it out (so yes this is my first post here), and Yes I am the instructor of the FREE Getting Started with Digi-scrapping" course that is currently being offered (for this session) until the 13th January.

Thankyou SO MUCH for your kind words and recommendations to the course, I really hope that y'all get something out of it (for those that don't know, I have written the 6 lesson course in (non-techno terms :teeth: ) and have used PSE (photoshop elements) for the step by steps and the screen shots, however the overall of the course is to encourage everyone to get to know their own chosen program, and while terminology and screen shots will all be a little different) regardless of which program you are using you should be able to follow along.. :earsboy:

Well I must dash now and see what layouts have been getting uploaded for me to look at..

Have a GREAT day folks
Kind regards

12-29-2005, 12:09 PM
Hi Tracey! Glad you tracked us down - you should stick around I think you'd like this board :0)

12-29-2005, 01:39 PM
Hey Tracy! Thanks so much for the wonderful class and for helping me realize the potential of Photoshop 7. I am really loving it! You are a great teacher.

01-04-2006, 02:12 PM
Glad to meet the instructor :-). I do have to admit I've only finished lesson one. My kids have been home on school break so I haven't had as much time as I'd like. I did end up buying two programs. Microsoft Digital Image Suite Plus, which I'm having a blas with and Art Explosions Scrapbook Factory Deluxe, which is pretty cool as well. I haven't played with that one as much. Right now I"m working on two movie projects so I've been doing a lot of scanning pictures for that.

I do have a question for ya'll. What do you do with your "pages" Do you burn a CD with scrapbook themes, make movies ~ anything? I'd love to get some ideas.

01-05-2006, 06:55 AM
I signed up too but haven't even had a chance to do it! I hope it gets reoffered! I have no clue as to how to use Photoshop Elements....

01-05-2006, 09:51 AM
For the HP classes, it is also set up for printing out, there is a link to a single page printable version at the top, but it is 58 pages, I saved a copy to word, as I know I will not get through all the lessons before the end date. Tracey, I did the first lesson and it has taken the fear of digital away, Thank you!


01-16-2006, 03:38 PM
Hey Tracy! Thanks so much for the wonderful class and for helping me realize the potential of Photoshop 7. I am really loving it! You are a great teacher.

OK, I went to that link and can't figure out what class everyone is talking about? Your posts were back in December - is it just not there anymore or am I missing it? I've got Photoshop 7.0 and have done one project (like a scrapbook but it was actually a cookbook). It turned out OK but I was so frustrated and stressed out by it, I just really did not enjoy it at all. I haven't looked at it in quite a while. It just seems like so many people love digital scrapbooking and I feel like I must be missing something. If I didn't just about get hives when I open up PS, maybe I could do it.

01-16-2006, 03:46 PM
Hi Clovely - I think the course just finished - but they may do another one.

In the meantime why not check out a few of these digi scrapping blogs/sites:



01-16-2006, 04:09 PM
Hi! Don't know if this belongs in this thread, but has anyone done digital collage layouts for framing? I'm having a hard time finding collage frames I like to put together photos for our bridal party from our wedding. I won't be getting my mat cutter set until the county fair this fall, but don't want to wait that long to give out the photos. I was thinking floating frames, but with the discussion of digital scrapping, and the awesome layouts posted here, I might do an 8x10 digital collage layout and frame it...

Just wondering if anyone has done that! Thanks!