How To Start?
Posted 06 June 2011 - 10:12 PM
I'm using PSE 7 on a PC.
Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:02 AM
You might take a look at the ATC (Artist Trading Card) challenges. It's scrapping on a smaller scale and seems to be a good way to do something quickly without feeling overwhelmed.
ATC Instructions and June ATC Challenge
Also, one of my favorite small-scale projects is the monthly recipe challenge. The new challenge will be posted on June 9th. Here is the May Recipe Challenge just to give you some ideas.
Have you downloaded the Freebie collection? Narrative There are tons of things there to get you going.
Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:19 AM
As for chats and challenges, if you look on the forum home page and scroll down to the "Fun and Games" category, click on the "Challenges" title and you'll find the current challenge. It's a fun way to learn by trying the weekly challenges.
Like for instance, Tuesdays are the freebie challenge where you are challenged to make a layout with a specific freebie from the newsletter. (Have you signed up for the newsletter?)
Saturday is the "Color Challenge" where you are challenged to make a layout with a specified group of colors. Etc, etc...
During the month there are also various chats and crops. You can find them at the bottom of the newsletter (also available on the SG homepage) and truly any of these are fun and all ScrapGIrls are kind and helpful.
From the Forum page, you can access a Calendar for the Month. Looking at it now I see there is a "New Member Chat" on June 14th @6pm MT. There might be others that interest you also. My favorite is the once-a-month ATC chat where we talk about and create little layouts (2.5 x 3.5 inches!) to trade. Since they're so small they're less intimidating!
As for materials, I'm no expert but with the Batter Up collection and the free "A Narrative" Collection (in the Boutique under "freebies") you've got a good start. But, beware -- it's addicting and the SG designers are constantly creating new beautiful goodies!
I started with just collections and went into templates, etc as I went along....
Good luck and keep asking questions and can't wait to see your layouts! Keep asking questions, someone is always around with a kind reply!
Posted 07 June 2011 - 06:59 AM
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 07:01 AM
I learned by doing, and asking lots of questions here on the mb.
The Narrative free kit has a great collection of things to get you started!!
Can wait to see your layouts!
Posted 07 June 2011 - 12:01 PM
As you go along, just post questions as you need to. Just remember to relax and and have fun!
Posted 07 June 2011 - 12:57 PM
As you work your way through Ro's videos, just keep practicing each technique, and you will slowly get the hang of the basics.
The New Member Chats are a great place to come and ask the team questions about anything. We are here to help as best as we can
And as you'll see, a lot of our daily challenges are geared more toward page themes/colors/subjects, rather than technique-oriented, so they are good for beginners and advanced scrappers alike. When you find a challenge you want to try, just go for it! Use the supplies and photos you have, and try. We would love it see it, no matter what skill level you are currently at.
4x6 layouts are a great small size to start with. The templates you purchased will be 12x12 or 8.5x11 (letter-sized), and those are fun to play with as well.
Keep asking questions, and I hope to see some of your layouts soon!
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Posted 07 June 2011 - 02:43 PM
I'm not sure if anyone mentioned this or not, but the SG University and the tutorials in the newsletter are also excellent ways to gain and then practice new skills. If you click the University link there are categories in a drop-down menu off to the right.
Happy scrapping and never be afraid to ask questions!
Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:48 PM
I have a DD age 9.5 and DS age 8 that are also trying to learn digi-scrapping for 4-H, so me trying to teach them what I know and re-watching the tutorials again with them is helping a lot (the best way to learn something is to teach someone else, right?) Actually I may have to work harder to stay ahead of them! Now I just need to find time on the computer all to myself to do my own layoutsÖLOL.
One thing I can see myself struggling with is how to organize my folders of supplies. I am keeping them together according to collection so itís easy to see what coordinates, but Iím also copying them into other folders labeled paper (with subfolders by color), embellishments (with subfolders for ribbons, journal tags, fasteners, etc) alphas, and so onÖI feel like if I donít start out organized with this stuff I wonít be able to find it later. I just hope the system Iím starting with will work. How do you do it as you accumulate more and more? Should I be overhauling my system now before I accumulate more? Thanks ladies!
Posted 07 June 2011 - 10:56 PM
Posted 08 June 2011 - 06:45 AM
Posted 08 June 2011 - 08:37 AM
We all remember being in your shoes. It takes a lot of courage to step out of your comfort zone and post questions, but keep doing it. And the videos help a lot, too. I must have watched them 80 times...LOL.
You mentioned that you think you might want to rethink how to organize your supplies...just curious, what version of windows are you using? Or are you on a mac?
The reason I ask is that I used to separate all my supplies into categories, but I just got Win7, and I stopped separating my supplies because of the gallery feature. I won't enumerate its' many virtues right now (in case you don't have it) but it's totally wonderful. Love it. I think Vista has a version of the Gallery, too.
Posted 08 June 2011 - 12:03 PM
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