I have to admit that I was never a paper scrapper. I also have to admit that I have hoarded scrapbooking supplies for a long time. I’ve collected quite a selection of rubber stamps and for never actually making a paper scrapbook page in my life, there is a lot of scrapbook paper in my basement. Part of the reason was I didn’t really have any need to and part of the reason was that I usually didn’t have the space to leave everything out. And even if I did, I was always terrified to use my favorite pieces of paper. After all, once I used them, I wouldn’t have my favorite pieces of paper. And by the time I got up the nerve to cut up a page for a card, I usually had to put everything away and go somewhere else!
One of the best parts of digital scrapbooking is that to make a page (or a card), all you have to do is open up your program and you are ready to go! Wait, but what program? Well, there are a few options out there.
Adobe Photoshop Elements is probably the program most commonly used by digital scrappers. Most tutorials you find will be written for Photoshop Elements. Of course, in addition to scrapbooking it offers the ability to edit your photographs. It’s a bit pricey (it varies, but you’ll usually find it for around a $100), but if you are already taking a lot of photos and want to learn more about photo editing, this might be a good bet for you.
Paint Shop Pro
If you’re a windows user and pretty comfortable with learning things on your own, you might want to check out PaintShop Pro. While, there are not nearly as many tutorials available for PSP, you will find some and it will cost you just a little bit less than Photoshop Elements.
Photoshop Creative Suite 6
Adobe Photoshop CS6 is considered the professional grade program for photographers and web designers. It’s what I use both to scrapbook and to design. It is by far the most powerful, but it’s also the most expensive and certainly the most complicated. However, there are a lot of scrapbooking resources available for Photoshop including styles, actions, and brushes. If you are willing to invest more in your program or you think you might be interested in designing in the future, you might consider photoshop–but it’s not cheap. Adobe’s retail price is $699.
There are other programs available, but these are probably the three most commonly used. If none of these sound quite right, The Daily Digi lists some other options.
Now that you’ve got your program picked out, take it for a spin, play around with it and check back later this week for some information about supplies and starting your first project.