Do I fork over the dough for PSE or go with CA2 and have money left over to buy goodies for my album?
*OR* use the free CA and free GIMP and have even more money to buy goodies! Then as time goes on and a big discount opportunity comes your way, you can purchase the program of your choice.
There is no shame in using more than one program to complete a project. Professionals do it all the time. That's why Adobe Creative Suite comes with several programs: Photo Shop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and more.
So for example, your work flow could be:
- buy some goodies from the Scrapgirls boutique
- bring them into GIMP and blend with photos
- bring blended photos into CA where you can easily build a multi-page photobook project