Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Digital Scrapboking & Photoshop Elements

One of my the items on my "to-learn" list (and Baby Bucket List) is Photoshop Elements. Particularly to learn how to do digital scrapbooking.

Since High School I had loved to do paper scrapbooking and scrapbooked all of my pictures from 1996-2007. But a couple of years ago I just lost my zest for paper scrapbooking. I figured, if all of my pictures are digital, my scrapbooking should be too. But clearly I've dragged my feet on actually learning Photoshop Elements.

So this weekended I watched some YouTube Tutorials, downloaded some free scrapbooking papers and elements and went to town creating my first few pages.

I started with our 1 year anniversary pictures to test out my skills. Here's how I did...


Not too bad for a beginner, right? Right?

My plan is to do layouts for all of my 2009 pictures, and then put them into a Shutterfly or Blurb Book. Then do 2010. And eventually 2008 and 2007. Yikes! How did I get so far behind?

Are any of you digital scrapbookers?

If so, where do you like to get your scrapbooking elements?

I found a few places that have free elements for personal use that I really liked:
http://www.summertimedesigns.blogspot.com/
http://www.shabbyprincess.com/

But I'd love to hear if there are more out there (I am sure there are).

Also, what Photoshop Elements advice do you have for me?

18 comments:

Jessica @ Acting Adult said...

Those pages are so great! I've never done digital scrapbooking, but I'm just getting started on the printed ones. I love the idea of uploading them into a blurb book at the end of the year! :)

Becky said...

This is one of my 'to-learn' things too! I am still paper-scrapbooking, but I really want to knock out some digital books for this year. Good Luck!

The Jesse said...

those pages are GREAT :)

i just started digital scrapbooking recently and im anxious to learn more! you can google free digital scrapbooking and find lots of more websites with free downloads to use and i love the shabby princess too!

Meghan said...

This is a great idea! I will have to try this at some point. I was always terrible at finishing a scrapbook, but I think I could definitely do this. Your pages turned out great!

francophilehic said...

great job!
i still love paper scrapbooking though.

Tiffany said...

Those pages are fun! I use Shutterfly, but a lot of times I don't love their designs. I'm going to try and go your route with doing the whole page. Thanks for sharing!

Dee Stephens said...

Great job! I do this too but with Shutterfly

Sarah @Newlywed and Decorating said...

I am super impressed! Gorgeous pages. I've always been curious about digital scrapbooking. I'm starring this so I can come back to it and work on some of my own!

Rachel said...

They look great! I dabble in digi scrapping (used to be a BIG paper scrapper, still am some). I highly recommend Designer Digitals, After 5 Designs, and anything from Jessica Sprague's shop. CUTE stuff!

Can't wait to see more of your stuff!

Suz said...

Looks great!!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I think those look amazing!!

amybyrd said...

I just started too. I love Design House Digitals--sign up for a newsletter and you get free templates and on Mondays they have a free kit and then some that are $1 every week. I also bought stuff from GGDigital Designs that I like.

Jenn said...

I too have been doing paper scrapbooking for many many years! I have SO much supplies, Its not even funny! It's actually kinda pathetic! ha!
It's SO time consuming, I am about 3 years behind also.. I am wanting to start digital! I Have made photo books on shutterfly from Vacations but I don't think that's really scrapbooking, I feel that's more photo book (as its called, ha)
I am going to check out the sites you recommended and that some people comment and said..

Lets stay in touch and let eachother know what we find out! I'm gonna do lots of research tomorrow on the best of the best!

Jenmb123@aol.com

Fabiola said...

It is a wonderful job. I am working with Light Room to get better quality on my photos. Now it is a matter of scrapbook them.

I will check the sites you suggested. Thanks for sharing ; )

emily said...

This looks so good! What sites do you use? I have been a paper sbooker, but also have been losing the passion!

Miss Chelsea said...

When I used to work for a scrapbook store, a lot of people used www.twopeasinabucket.com they had both 'real life' (idk what else to call it ha!) supplies and digital supplies! I haven't been on there in a few years but I'm assuming the site is still up and running

Smiling is Good for Your Teeth said...

I am your newest follower! I love these scrapbook pages! You are soo talented!!

Have a great day!
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Jen said...

Those came out nice!! :) I used shabby princess's designs for my blog background! They have TONS of nice stuff!

I LOVE scrapbooking. I do paper scrapbooking, though. (I think I must refuse to "give in" to technology. hehe.) It's so much fun. I'm obsessed with embellishmenhts. :X :D

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