Heather - posted on 10/19/2010
I love Stampin Up!'s software called My Digital Studio. It comes fully loaded with paper, stamps, punches, and embellishments to use digitally. it has templates and photo layouts to do drop and go books, or you can completely take control and do it yourself. I love that I can make many sizes of books, cards, and even calendars. I have made headers for my blog using MDS too. I really like making hybrid cards and I will be doing my own photo Christmas card this year that will be way cheaper than buying it from the studio.
I did an entire year of our family (34 pages) in a week in May, and printed my copy, then send a digital slideshow version on to my mom and my mother-in-law. I could have added video, or music if I wanted. It really is an amazing program.
I am putting a link to a quick video about the program. I have tried snapfish, My publisher, and walmart, and ended up dissatisfied with the lack of control, and the end result, so I am really happy using this software-plus I get an undo button, and I never run out of paper. I also can use any font on my computer, and I don;t print out pictures anymore, which is a money and space saver!
here is the link.
I also have some example on my blog of books I have done for myself and friends.
I am a Stampin Up Demonstrator, and after I started working with MDS I went ahead and got certified with the program to help people answer any questions when they got stuck! I think it is super easy to use right out of the box. It comes with templates you can use and just add photos, or you can use a photo layout, or start from scratch. We also have a great community page for digital scrapbookers at http://mydigitalstudio.net/
have fun and happy scrapping! let me know if I can help answer any questions!
Amie - posted on 10/10/2010
An affordable solution would be to purchase just the JPEG from Studio J creations. It's easy to use and similar looking to traditional scrapbooking with a 3-dimensional quality.
Try it at http://reker.myctmh.com/
It's cost nothing to try it to see how it looks once finished with a 2 page layout it will store it for up to 3 months and you can purchase the JPEG for under $5 or you can puchase the processed 2 page prints (12x12 size) for under $10
Try it at http://reker.myctmh.com/
Melody - posted on 09/14/2010
Scrapblog.com is also free. It is free to create, and they have many papers and embellishments that are free to use. They also have some that cost "credits" but the price of credits is really reasonable...and once you purchase it....it is always yours to use over and over again. They software is very very user friendly! Just go to scrapblog.com and check it out. That is where I started when I begin digi scrapping and I have 17 layouts I did there. I would be happy to share. I used all free elements on them. I only stopped using it because I now have Photoshop Elements.
Erin - posted on 09/06/2010
Paint.net is a free program and although some may find it hard to use for digiscrapping, I did not when I was first starting out. They have an entire forum dedicated to tutorials and plugins and such. If you're not sure about digiscrapping yet, then I think a free program is a great place to start! Don't make an investment until you know this is what you want to do. Digiscrapping is a way of life more than a hobby!
Sandra - posted on 08/10/2010
Creative Memories also has a free software that is available here on my website. it has free templates to create beautiful pages easily as the pages are already created you simply drag and drop pics, journal and order! www.mycmsite.com/sandranorthmore
need any help...just email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer - posted on 08/08/2010
in my experience the free programs are difficult to use for scrapping, as they are not designed for that. There are online image editors you can use, such as Photoshop.com if you want. But really, you can get a copy of an older (not current) version of Photoshop Elements for as little as $20 online. Google it. I bought PSE5 for $23 about a year ago, it's bound to be cheaper now. Surely $20 isn't too much to invest to be able to scrap your memories. If you were paper scrapping that amount wouldn't even get you enough supplies to do 4 pages well! And as Marianne said, digi supplies are cheap if not free, there are lots of tutorials free, so all you really have to spend is the software to get started. I have a 'My First Layout' tutorial for PSE on my site http://www.scrappersworkshop.com
hope that helps!
Marianne - posted on 08/07/2010
there are many different types of digi software on the market it can be overwhelming I have used many versions since i started scrapbooking. my two current favourites are Creative memories Storybook 2.0 software it cost a bit but i find its worth the investment, and smile box wich can be found on the internet there are also a lot of free websites like digital scrapbook.com where if you have psp or i think they also do jpeg file formats as well you can download and works with most picture editing software.
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