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Username Post: Paper going Digital        (Topic#1583515)
tricia07
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Ok so the digital board doesn't have a lot going on lol so I thought I would come here and see if it's any better (like it used to be ;-)).

I am going to go digital but am not sure what I need to get or do to get started. I am at a total loss as to how it works. I want to make layouts as nice as the paper ones but need help. When you buy the packets that are digital how do those work?

Two people mentioned Photoshop Elements and MemoryMixer which I haven't looked into yet but do you guys have an opinion on those?

Thanks everyone :-) Any help is much appreciated!


 
mrsdriver5
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I've got a membership in the DesignClub through PrintMaster. Their General download will work in graphics programs that aren't PrintMaster. They have lots of nice packs. For $6.99/mo. I get at least three big packs on the first of the month, plus a discount on other packs. Although the packs are made to just add pictures for great, quick digi pages, I use the pieces in my regular graphics program and print them out, then either fussy cut or use the print & cut on the Cameo.

If you want a "real" album, you might check out FlipAlbum. I have the FlipAlbum Vista Suite, which is currently $69.95 on their site. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so it gives time to really play with it. I haven't had a chance to use mine for a while, but it's easy to use and share with others, either by CD/DVD or online. A free reader is included with it, so those without the program can still view it. You can even have the page-turn noise :>) There is also a free trial download available, but I'm not sure how long it lasts.

I wish I had gone with only digital, but I've got too much invested in my paper scrapping now. I really want to have time to do both, but Santa didn't give me the gift of extra time ~Judy


 
Jessica G-B
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There are lots of programs out there. I use Storybook Creator (SBC) from Creative Memories. Powerful, user-friendly (can choose your settings from Basic to Advanced). Less of a learning curve than with Photoshop. You purchase the program and download it to your computer and can add digital content. I prefer this program over CTMH's program since with CTMH you have to pay a monthly fee and have to access the program through the web. With SBC, I can easily scrap in the car, my kitchen table, at crops and not have to worry about internet access.


 
Luvmyfam
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I gave digital a go years ago. I used PSE and loved it. I still use PSE for some things. I loved digital, but paper is still my favorite. I just love handling paper and embellishments.


 
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Photoshop Elements is a great piece of software. It's not designed specifically for scrapping so that means it's capable of going above and beyond just the tasks required for that. There is a learning curve, certainly, but there are a million and one tutorials available out there and mistakes are corrected with a click of the 'undo' button

You used to be able to download a free 30 day trial - it might be worth looking at the adobe site to see if that's still a possibility.

As far as buying a 'kit', you download it to your computer (it's wise to decide in advance where you're going to store them!....you might end up with a lot!!) then when you want to do a layout you open a new file (12 x 12 or whatever) in PSE then simply go to your digital kit file and double click to bring in your papers and elements. Then you do the same to add your photos.

Obviously there's a lot of fun to be had with all the techniques you can learn so it's not just a case of plopping the paper on the page although that's probably how we all start out.

Without being disloyal to SB.com I suggest you seek out other sites that specialise in digi scrapping - as well as the products and freebies there are active forums and tutorials available which you'll probably want/need/enjoy.

Have fun!


 
tricia07
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You guys are awesome!!! I knew I would get some good response here ;-)

There is a free 30 day trial of PSE and I will download that to play with it some! I just got a new camera (a really nice one) and so PSE would be a great addition to that as well!

I like the idea of Memory Mixer and am going to look into that program as well as the Creative Memories software as I like CMs for paper scrapping.

Thank you for the information on the kits as well! When I download the kit can I use it over and over and over?

So excited to get this started!!! I would LOVE to paper scrap but I just don't have the time nor make it so I am thinking digi is def the way to go for me!!

OH and going to look into the design club as well since the monthly fee is very low...maybe that's a good way to start a collection of kits!

Thank you guys...Now to get the time this weekend to start looking into these and playing with PSE!

Have a great day!!! ;-)


 
scrappercaz
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You'll love digi I'm sure

And to answer your question, yes you can use any piece of paper or element limitless times as well as being able to alter the colour etc so you save money too!!


 
thehappyscrapper8
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I digi scrap but I do it with the creative memories storybook creator and photoshop elements. Photoshop elements has a bit of a learning curve but storybook creator is pretty much plug and play software! Hope you enjoy digi scrapping!


 
tricia07
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Is storybook Mac compatible?


 
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I use PhotoshopCS4 and love it. I've heard good things about PSE, Paint Shop Pro, Memory Mixer and SBC.

I did the transition by doing Hybrid Pages first. Now I'm 100% digital. Have fun with it.


 
tricia07
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Thank you! I purchased MemoryMixer but am thinking of getting PSE as well! This way I can use other manufacturers paper kits as well as Memory Mixer! Only thing I am concerned about is then books could potentially be divided into two programs. Have any of you used more than one software package?


 
tricia07
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BTW I learned that Storybook and MemoryManager are not Mac compatible unless you have the Parallels program as well as a windows operating system which we don't have an it's just not cost affective to get both plus the software itself. Oh well :-( Hopefully CM will come out with another Mac version in the future!


 
scrappercaz
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  • tricia07 Said:
Thank you! I purchased MemoryMixer but am thinking of getting PSE as well! This way I can use other manufacturers paper kits as well as Memory Mixer!




You can only use their paper packs???



 
tricia07
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Well I thought you could only use theirs from their online store? Maybe I was wrong? I read one blog that says you have to import them in as a picture?

I guess I am not sure!! Anyone use MM know about this?

I bought PSE anyways though lol ;-)


 
scrappercaz
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I just thought that sounded cruel (and so restrictive) and there's so much gorgeous paper out there!!!

Glad you got PSE too!!



 
tricia07
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Yeah I agree! But I thought that was what I read...hopefully I am wrong though! Need things to calm down in the house (son is sick, among other things) so that I can play with both software packages! I need more time lol!


 
RedSquirrel UK
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In response to tricia07

That doesn't sound right, a package that only uses its own products? That's very restrictive. PSE can use any image files.


 
tricia07
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I need to try it and see how it works. I bet I am wrong which would be a good thing!


 
scrappercaz
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I'd be interested to know, when you have time



 
tricia07
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Read what this blogger says about using other digital kits in the program:

http://www.memorymixer.com/about_us/news_and_eve nts/Las...



 
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