Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Digital Scrapbooking - The Easy Way!

Christmas is over for another year and if you're like me you have a lot of digital photos lurking in your camera/phone.  Over the next few posts we are going to liberate them.  Digital scrapbooking has several things to recommend it over paper scrapbooking primarily the cost.  I can buy an entire digital scrapbooking kit for less than $10.  Try doing that in the craft store! And unlike paper I can use my digital supplies over and over again. With most photos taken these days being digital ones, digital scrapping just makes sense.

So what do I need to become a digital scrapper?
1.  A computer.  Duh.
2.  Software- For these tutorials you will need PowerPoint (PC) or Keynote (Mac).  If you don't already have one of these don't go out and buy them (unless you just want to!).  Go to OpenOffice.org and download a program called Impress for FREE!  All three of these programs are designed to create digital presentations but are also perfect for quick and easy scrapbook creation.   Many scrappers use Photoshop / Photoshop Elements or some other image editing software.  I have used PSE for several years but it is fairly expensive, there is quite a learning curve and I still sometimes get frustrated with it.  The method I'm going show you is much easier.
3. Digital supplies-  The digital background papers and decorative embellishments are usually sold as a "kit".
 Most websites that sell such supplies have some sort of "freebie" you can download without cost.  Just go to one of the links below and download one to practice with.The "papers" are usually .jpg files (just like your photos).  The rest of your supplies will be .png or .psd files which are native to Photoshop.  Don't worry, you will still be able to use them without Photoshop on your computer.

Now go get your supplies together and we'll start scrapping!

NEXT: Downloading and organizing your kits






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