If you are a regular visitor to Naughty Secretary Club, you know that I have been teetering on the Digital Scrapbooking edge for quite some time. I always loved all the papers and accessories involved in paper scrapbooking, but my messy studio (yes it is back to messy) could not hold another hobby. I could focus my energy on something like say getting my jewelry website fixed, but ever the procrastinator I decided to pick up another hobby instead.
When I first started to learn about Digital Scrapbooking it seemed so daunting because I don’t know how to use Photoshop. After a recent interview with one of my favorite digi scrap designers Danielle Thompson I decided to take the plunge. Last week I downloaded a free trial copy of Photoshop Elements and started buying some Digital Scrapbooking bling. Luckily the new baby Baxter (formal introduction coming soon) is super chill and Chris took a month off to help with Tallulah so I have been spending a lot of time on the couch nursing with a free laptop hand just waiting to digi craft with.
My goal is to learn a new Photoshop trick each day for the trial month and if I decide I really like my new passion I will pay for Elements and grow my hobby. I also like the idea of hybrid scrapping where you can use paper and digital goodies.
So far I have been learning about how to remove the backgrounds from photos, round the edges of photos, how to move layers around. On this week’s agenda is learning about Photoshop Actions (I am having a Dickens of a time getting the infamous set from The Pioneer Woman working). I have also been downloading lots of elements from places like MaybemeJ, Kitschy Digitals and MiniTokoVille. I have also been scouring places like Flickr and drooling over layouts from some of my favorite designers like Itty Bitty Birdie.
I’ve included a few examples of the pages I have made so far. I have a ways to go, but each attempt seems to be getting better. In the meantime I am taking all suggestions, tips, hits, tricks, favorite elements and actions – you name it. If you do Digital Scrapbooking and have a pearl of wisdom I want to hear it.