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#1 barbara jo

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 10:34 PM

i would like to start digital scrapbooking but I have no idea where to begin. what kind of program should I get? what do I need to look for in a printer?

#2 BarbaraC1977


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Posted 13 September 2010 - 11:18 PM

Hi Barbara, and welcome! You're in the right place to get started. May I suggest, click the Boutique link above, and then FREEBIES on the left hand column. Download Ro's "15 things every scrapbooker...." e-book and enjoy. It will get you started on the considerations for these questions. Also download the free Refresh collection and sign up for the newsletter so you know about the daily freebies.

Ask questions as you need--we all had to learn! Hope you enjoy this as much as I have.


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Posted 13 September 2010 - 11:41 PM

Hi Barbara Jo! Welcome to ScrapGirls. BarbaraC1977 pointed you to a great resource in Ro's Ebook. It will talk about the different programs out there. Most (but certainly not all) people here work with either Photoshop Elements (PSE, for short), Photoshop Creative Suite (PSCS), or Corel Paint Shop Pro (PSP). Take a look at the Ebook and Google the software products I mentioned and see if you find a fit. Ask any questions you'd like. We're more than happy to help you. Again, welcome!
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Posted 13 September 2010 - 11:52 PM

Welcome! Also be sure to sign up for the daily newsletter that is loaded with tons of layouts, tutorials and ideas for making great layouts!


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Posted 14 September 2010 - 12:45 AM

Welcome to ScrapGirls! We're so happy you've joined us here. This is the best place to learn digital scrapbooking. :) A lot of people send their layouts out to be printed while others print at home. Some of us have wide format printers while others print at 8 inches. Do what works best for you and your budget. The free ebook that was mentioned above covers that too, if I remember correctly. Thanks for introducing yourself.

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 06:07 AM

Hi Barbara, and welcome to Scrap Girls. It looks as though you have received lots of ideas for getting started. You have definitely come to the right place, so just dive in and get your feet wet. There are a lot of great people here who are always ready and willing to offer help, so don't hesitate to ask.



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Posted 14 September 2010 - 06:13 AM

Hi Barbara. Welcome to SGs. This is the ideal place to get started with digital scrapping. As Barbara said, the ebook is the best getting started guide there is...anywhere. As far as software, I think the majority start with Adobe Photoshop Elements. I believe Adobe may have a free 30 day trial. So you can get a free ebook, freebie collection of supplies and a free trial of software to get you started. Once you've decided on the software, the "Secrets" videos from the boutique are an incredible source of learning. Getting started can be a bit overwhelming at first, but you've got lots and lots of good folk here to help you out with any problems you might come up with.
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 06:16 AM

Hi Barbara Jo

You got lots of great answers, the main difference with the different programs has a lot to do with the cost of the software, I use PSE and I am quite happy with it I can do so many things and I learn more everyday! I create layouts at 12 x 12 and them print them 8 x 8 for albums, I have a kodak printer and I get great quality. Well I hope to see you around, Welcome to Scrapgirls!



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Posted 14 September 2010 - 06:44 AM

Looks like you have received great advice! I use PSE6 and really like it. When you decide what program you want use, check out Ro's Tutorials. She has them for the different programs and are soooo helpful!

We are glad you are here at SG!





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Posted 14 September 2010 - 07:30 AM

Hi Barbara Jo and welcome to Scrapgirls!

There are several good scrapbook programs out there. The only thing I will add to the above suggestions is that whichever you choose, make sure it can save your page in a universal format (like a jpeg.) This never occurred to me when I started. It means that if you used a program with a proprietary format, then the only program that can open your pages and print them is THAT program. Luckily I print out almost all of my pages anyway and only lost a few, but I know that problem has caught others off guard.

Now you know why most people here use PSE, Photoshop, PSP and Gimp!

Have fun playing with whichever program you choose, and remember that there are lots of people here happy to answer any questions you will have!
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 08:00 AM

Hi Barbara Jo! Looks like you already got lots of great advice about choosing a program and getting started with digital scrapbooking...so I will just add my WELCOME TO SCRAP GIRLS!! :dancingelephant:
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