I am Virginia, and I do live in SC... just across the bridge from Hilton Head (so I have lots of pretty scenery to take photos of!). I have done traditional paper scrapbooking for almost 13 years, but always hated trying to organize my stuff, finding a place for everything, and MOSTLY dragging stuff out only to have to put it back again. I work full-time, am a wife and a mother (to a 14 year-old), so it got to the point where I basically stopped scrapbooking.
HOWEVER, I have been wanting to create a scrapbook to give to my two sisters and my parents recording our family beach trips from the past 10 years. I knew that even if I paper-scrapped it, I would be making photocopies of it, as I would NEVER complete 4 albums by July! I started looking at some digital layouts and was impressed that many of them appear to be "real" looking-- not flat like I expected. The prospect of having everything in one place with no mess was very appealing.
Two weeks ago, I started on a mission to learn how to use the PSE program already on my Mac, and here I am (it helps that it is spring break this week, and I've had time to work on this quite diligently)! I am finding that I LOVE it, and am excited to keep learning and finally get back to scrapbooking again!