Melissa - posted on 08/18/2010
Juliet, since you've heard from both CM & SU, you may want to look into Close to My Heart's solution, Studio J. You'll be amazed at the possibilities. There is no charge to check out the online program and create layouts. Beginning in September, they will be offering memberships that make the layouts super cheap & you will get free JPEGs. Please let me know if you are interested in additional information.
Holly - posted on 06/28/2010
The first decision you need to make is software. I've used Photoshop and CM's software. I was surprised at how much you can do with CM's software. But, there are trade offs for simplicity. One painful limitation is that it does not read "layered files", so if you want to use a template you have to find templates that offer .png files and re-assemble the layers in CM's software. For this and many other reasons my recommendation is to start with Photoshop Elements. But, know that CM's software is workable and easy to learn.
I'd also recommend you start with Quick Pages and then try out Templates. Check out my website which showcases the latest and greatest Quick Pages and Templates from all over the place. You will find links to the stores.
Best of Luck!
Darmeshia - posted on 05/28/2010
Since I am an Stampin Up Demonstrator, I recommend our program "My Digital Studio" below is an overview
My Digital Studio Features and Benefits
Exclusive Stampin’ Up! Content
•Stampin’ Up! artwork and accessories available in a digital format.
•Stampin’ Up! colors allow for coordination when embellishing professional print projects with traditional embellishments. Add depth and dimension when you combine digital with handcrafted.
•With My Digital Studio, your favorite images and colors need not retire--you can keep using them for years to come!
•Download lists of all Digital content included with your My Digital Studio software.
My Digital Studio Software
•My Digital Studio starts with nearly 2,000 unique elements--stamps, embellishments, templates, kits, punches, Designer Series papers, card stock, borders, and more.
•Intuitive design for easy navigation and project creation.
•Plenty to do for more advanced users including
◦Customizable stamps, punches, and hundreds of embellishments
◦Photo, background, accent, and page editing
◦Multimedia features including music, videos, and links
•Automatic photo fill for effortless design.
•Program is on 2 DVDs, making installation quick and simple.
•The program is stored on your computer, not on the web, so you can take it with you.
•PC and Mac compatible.
•Training and quick start materials available to help you learn more.
•Use My Digital Studio as a design tool--create projects digitally before crafting it in paper, or create flyers to print or e-mail to customers.
•Download the My Digital Studio End User Software License Agreement.
My Digital Downloads
•Download new embellishments, stamps, kits, and templates to My Digital Studio on a regular basis. Digital downloads are also compatible with other design programs.
•Digital downloads feature exclusive Stampin’ Up! artwork and colors.
•Embellishments are true to size, making it easier to combine digital projects with paper crafting.
•Download the End User License Agreement for Stampin’ Up! Digital Content.
My Digital Projects
•Professional print service available--print your photo albums, calendars, cards, and individual pages.
•Stampin’ Up!’s professional print services ensure that printed colors coordinate with our paper products. Because personal printers and other print services use different settings, their prints may not match Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors within acceptable tolerances.
•Don’t limit yourself to print projects! You can also create digital projects like DVDs, interactive albums, and e-cards.
•With My Digital Studio, you can print your projects from your home printer (depending on your printer’s settings, printed colors may not match Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colors).
•Stampin’ Up!’s professional print services use only the highest quality products--papers, album covers (linen, leather, and photo covers).
•My Digital Studio is competitively priced at $79.95.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
There are lots of options out there for the digital scrapbook as is for traditional. I use and love CM's Storybook Creator Plus. I am a consultant, but would still use it even if I was not.
The software is very user friendly and you do not need to be a computer expert to install it or any of the down loadable themes. There are many to choose from too. Many free ones too!
Also with this program you do not need to be online to use it. The only time you need to be online is when uploading your completed project or downloading themes. There are also lots of online tutorials that teach you tips/tricks about the program.
There is so much you can do with this program that I won't list it all here. You can go to my website www.mycmsite.com/cchaillet. Then go under "
Also check out my blog -http://scraphappychristinescorner.blogsp...
Good Luck and welcome to the adenture!
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