Wednesday, April 1, 2009

A little bit of the "how to's"

A lot of you lovely ladies have been asking how to get into digital scrapbooking. I’ve tried to respond to as many of you as I could, but I figured it would just be best to post it here so you can always come back to refer to it.

*deep breath*

Here goes!

I personally use Photoshop to put my pages together. Any photo manipulation software will work, but photoshop seriously lets you do ANYTHING you want. Worth every little pretty penny it costs. (if you’re a student you can get a CRAZY discount by ordering through the bookstore)

I have a few favorite sites I use. (click on downloads) has tons of free papers/embellishments/alphabets etc. it's fantastic. :) They are also good to use when you're first starting out because they give them to you in "Collections" that help you see what goes together well. When you get more comfortable with it all, pull stuff from different collections and go crazy! :)

Another site I use for inspiration is click on gallery>digital layouts>favorites These are pages other people have filtered through and marked as their favorite. There's some AWESOME stuff there, and if you want to figure out how to do something, just ask. They're pretty good about getting back to you with what they did. also has a newsletter you can sign up for that gives you something free every week. (papers/embellishments/etc.) I have NEVER paid for anything for digital scrapbooking.

The site I use for fonts is It's fantastic. It might take you a bit to figure out how to install this on your computer, but it's worth it. :)

One other site I would mention is It has photoshop brushes with everything you can imagine and can really make some cute touches on your page.

(ex. The brown swirl on this page is a brush.)

Last site I promise!>free collage templates.
How to make super cute multi-picture layouts in pretty much no time at all. :) worth a look for sure!


  1. I would love to see you start your blog on - We are a friendly community of digital scrapbookers who help each other learn. We also have free video tutorials and class materials in our Freshman Class group - hope to see you there and would love to know what you think about it!

  2. Ooo. Great info. I'm always looking for more stuff to add to my 1000's of images in iPhoto dedicated to digiscrapping. Seriously. There is so much out there, who would pay money for any of it! Most of the sites on your post were new for me. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for all the advice.. when dave and i become students again i'm totally jumping on that band wagon.. I'm horrible at scrapbooking (last time I tried) but when i've got things like that that I can't ruin with one cut, I'll have to give it another try! <3

  4. Oh my goodness Kristin - I am in love with this post. I have been getting onto Brian to hurry up and plan a double date some night with you and Cameron. I have been dying to ask you questions and questions about your "digital scrapbooking" I really am interested. :) This post answered TONS of my questions! I'm going to be quite busy with this new hobby and toy of mine :)

  5. very cool I saw your post on facebook yeah you for sure have a talent. so many sites though! don't know if i have the patience...