Hi. My name is Heather, mom to a 2 and 4 year old...and I have been absolutely adoring this site for a few months. I thought I would briefly share my recent journey into digital scrapbooking, which literally began in about October of 2009 as the holiday season was fast approaching. I knew it was finally time for me to figure out a way to get organized, and get all the digital photos that were piling up on my hard drive into some albums. I tinkered with the idea of paper scrapping, but was a little overwhelmed when I walked into my local Jo-Ann Fabrics as I tried to determine what punches and papers and stickers, etc. I would need. The sales associate told me I had to buy a die-cut machine and cartridges. Once I saw the cost of those devices...I thought there had to be another way.
Previously, I had assembled a very basic Shutterfly album for a family reunion last summer, so I started looking at Shutterfly's site & examples of other's photobooks. I quickly realized that there were options beyond their set templates. Soon I was buying Photoshop Elements 8 from Costco, which included a disc called "Learn Digital Scrapbooking." I was slowly starting to get my sea legs with PSE when all of sudden I discovered the most amazing thing ever online- a "freebie blog train." It was unbelievable. There were actually people giving away digital scrapbooking items for free...and lots of them. I could not believe it. Thinking I won the equivalent of a digi lottery...I soon found tons of digiscrapbook websites and blogs, but more importantly----more freebies. Consequently, I was distracted for about 2 weeks of doing nothing but downloading every freebie I could find. It did not matter what it was...it was free, and I was sure it was going to vanish into thin air if I did not download it quickly.
After overloading my hard drive with items I now know I will never use ...I needed to learn more about what to do with my new bounty of elements, frames and papers...so I started researching tutorials. That is when I had the great fortune to find Jessica Sprague's site. I was finally starting to get on the right track. Several of Jessica's great tutorials used products from Katie Pertiet. It was just a matter of time before I eventually clicked a link to Designer Digitals, and voila....found my digital scrap home.
I was drawn in from my first visit. Seriously, I would love to repaint all the rooms of my house with shades of Katie's cardstock. And, I wish there was a way to make pretty little floral dresses and skirts from her botanical prints. (Love them more than Anthropologie!) Next thing I could not get enough of -- Anna's Hipster Plumes. OMG...they are so great. And who knew I would be so taken with someone else's cursive handwriting??? Well, as evidenced by the number of Ali Edwards' words and phrase packs I have bought...that would be me.
Each night after I put the kiddos to bed, I can literally look through the galleries for hours. I am so inspired and impressed with all your layouts and designs. I can't say how much I have enjoyed the December Daily pages (I am still slowly working through mine using Katie's Days of December No. 2 set). And, I have started to put together my Project 365 outline. I still have not summoned up the courage to post my first layout, but I am trying to get to that point soon after finishing some more tutorials (and hope that anyone who looks at it will know it is very basic and beginner). I know I will be a template-user for a long time before designing my own pages. I am just so excited by the prospect of documenting my children over the years, and particularly the ability to journal the small daily events that make special memories (and help me to remember).
Anyhoo, thank you for your patience if you have read this far. I think this site is just AWESOME (and head and shoulders above any of the others out there).
So to all of you...many thanks for what you do (and all do so well)!