Hey lovelies!! I’ve taken the time out of my lazy Sunday to bring you this comprehensive beginner’s guide to digital scrapbooking! Scrapbooking is one of my favorite hobbies, but frankly, I am a broke college student who cannot afford to spent hundreds of dollars on supplies, nor do I have the time to set up and clean up a giant, sticky mess of paper trimmings. That’s why I started scrapbooking on my computer! I honestly don’t remember exactly how I found it on Pinterest, but I’ve been doing this on and off for about four years. I’m still an amateur, but I feel like after the many years of doing this, I have a good system that I’m so excited to share with y’all! The best part is you can do this for free, and still have an amazing looking scrapbook! I’ve included some of the favorite layout’s I’ve done in this article for inspiration 🙂 Happy scrapping!
- Internet connection
- Flashdrive or external storage device (You’re gonna run out of room on your hard drive super quickly!)
- Adobe Photoshop: This is what I prefer to use because I can edit my photos and arrange the ephemera/PNGs at the same time, as well as do fancy things with the fonts stored on my laptop. There are way more options in Photoshop (like the ability to change colors and upload your own filters), but the interface took me like a million years to learn.
- Canva: This ~free~ website is awesome for beginners or people who don’t know how to use Photoshop! You can upload your own photos onto whatever size “canvas” you want arrange them how you like, then download the finished layout onto your hard drive if you don’t want to save them in your profile! A drawback with this is it doesn’t have advanced tools, and you have to pay for a premium membership to upload your own fonts. But for someone who’s looking for an easy-to-use interface, Canva is your best option!
Websites (for Supplies)
- Pixel Scrapper: This is hands-down my favorite website for free digital scrapbooking supplies!! You have to create an account for it, but with that comes a free kit download and 6 free download credits a day, which you can use to download images of fabric flowers or buttons or ribbons (stuff like that). For $15 a month, you can buy a premium membership, which allows you unlimited downloads a day. I had this at the height of my digiscrap prime and I’m definitely considering getting it again, as it is awesome. I also like this website because not only are the graphics cute, it is a safe website. You’re not gonna go down a rabbit hole and end up putting a virus on your computer like you would if you were downloading custom content for The Sims. New graphics are added every day, too!
- Sweet Shoppe Designs: This website is a great resource if you are willing to spend like $7 or $8 on a BEAUTIFUL kit! The kits on this website are seriously so pretty and on-trend, and there are soooooo many to pick from! The admins add new ones every week (or every other), and they have sales and promotions quite frequently. Also, there is a freebie section where you can download select mini kits if you set up an account! I have bought about five kits from here, and they come with so much! It’s definitely worth the price for graphics that you can use over and over and over again!
- Free Pretty Things For You: This website is an awesome resource for digital papers and fonts, as well as doodles! Everything available to download is free and very, very pretty (hello, watercolor florals!).
- Pinterest: I love using Pinterest for papers as well. I just search “iPhone wallpapers” or whatever, and there are endless results of patterns and photographs you can incorporate in your spreads as paper! My favorite are the Lilly Pulitzer iPhone wallpapers! Also, if you search “free digital scrapbooking freebies,” you can find links to lots of graphic designers’ blogs with their free kits and graphics!
- Google Images: When I am desperate for a very specific graphic, like a pink tassel or something, I just search “pink tassel transparent png” (that way the background is empty) and I copy and paste whatever image I find into Photoshop! (You would have to save the image as a download onto your computer for Canva.)
I love using Pinterest as a source for digiscrap inspiration! I don’t really have a favorite designer that scrapbooks digitally, but Maggie Holmes of Crate Paper has the prettiest scrapbooking products and designs and I love taking inspiration from her layouts. I’m super into butterflies, stars, and florals right now! My best advice for those of you just starting out is really see what other people are doing if you feel too overwhelmed by a blank canvas. You’ll find your style eventually; the best thing you can do is practice, practice, practice!!