New to Scrap Booking and Need Advice

Stacy - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )




My husband and I were married a little over a year ago and I have two wonderful step daughters and want to scrap book our wedding. How do I get started?


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I use the CM Software too. I have to say it is really easy to use and there is so much online training to help you get started. As a consultant, I can tell you that people really are amazed at how quick they can get up and running with it.

It is actually on sale through today for only $39 and it really is so worth it!

Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2010




I use the Creative Memories software, and I love it.. you can do a lot of the stuff you do with Photoshop in it, without the learning curve. I've tried Photoshop and just spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to do what I wanted. Haven't tried the other software packages out there.

There is a free version of the CM software that you can download to try it out.

Mary - posted on 06/15/2010




Oh gosh, sorry.... that was on assumption you were going digital.... Regular scrapbooking is fun as well.... don't get me wrong (I have oooodles of that kinds of supply as well) I have just been finding that digital takes up alot less space and is so less messy and can be just as creative :)

Mary - posted on 06/15/2010




I know Im a little late ... but if you haven't gone out and bought something yet....... I highly recommend PhotoShop Elements (PSE) ... you can find it on sale between $40-$50 dollars. There are soooo many features on it and then you can always find sites to either get free pages or pay --- or you can get very creative and make your own!!! It is soooo much fun!!! Welcome to Digital Scrapbooking :)

Darmeshia - posted on 05/28/2010




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Jackie - posted on 02/05/2010




Stampin Up! has a new program, "My Digital Scrapbooking" that you may want to check out. you can look at this online at If I can answer any questions, feel free to email me at I am sure you will do a great job with whatever decision you make.

Dani - posted on 02/05/2010




I agree with Kymberly, I started with Scrapbook Factory a couple years ago, but it is limited. I bought Photoshop Elements (I think Photoshop is similar) as well as Gimp (which you can d/l for free online. The difference in my pages is amazing. I will say that PSE has a bit of a learning curve, I've had it a year and I learn something new almost weekly. There are free tutorials online and youtube videos on how to do many of the techniques. PSE is about $80 tho, so the initial investment is more, but there are millions of things to d/l for free, pages, elements, fonts, etc. For the first time I made my own elements from images I found online. The other thing I couldn't do with Scrapbook Factory was layer and add depth to a page.

After the initial investment in the program, the only money I spend is getting my books printed, which can be expensive, so I watch for sales at various sites.

Here's a link to my blog, with some pictures of my pages.

HAVE FUN with whatever you decide is right for you.

Kymberly - posted on 02/05/2010




If you want to have full creativity and really delve into digi scrapping I'd suggest you invest in Photoshop Elements (PSE) and spend some time on the learning curve. It's not always user friendly but once it "clicks" the possibilities are endless.

If you are more of an "end product' type (nothing wrong with that!) who just wants to get all those great photos and memories in a beautifully bound photobook, you might prefer checking out many of the pre-made books that Shutterfly, Snapfish, etc. have to offer.

Stacy - posted on 02/02/2010




Thank you so much for the great information. I am going to look up the information from and all the other things you had mentioned. Sounds like scrapbooking is going to be easier than I thought.

Jenn - posted on 02/02/2010




Do you have a digi scrapbooking program? If not there is a free program at that you can download or you can use that is also free. Several of us digi scrappers also use Adobe Photoshop. I like things simple, so I purchased Scrapbook Factory Deluxe 4.0 at our local Office Max store for around $30. I have used it for pretty much all of my pages and I really like it. I googled the internet for free digital papers, embellishments, etc. and downloaded all sorts of neat kits, papers, and embellishments onto my computer making it easy to put together my pages. There are also lots of great websites with layout ideas. Hope this was helpful. Have fun!

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