Here's a photo of a few pages from my very first album. Warning: It's not very pretty! But none the less, last night when I was going through some of my old albums, my husband and I had a great time looking at some of the old photos and reading my journaling.....that's the whole point of scrapbooking anyway....remembering and enjoying those memories. It doesn't matter how good the pages look, right?
Here's a photo of one of my last "traditional" pages. Yes, once I started digi-scrapping I have not looked back! I did this page about 2 years ago. You can see that I "evolved" a little in my scrapbooking from some of my first pages.. I think you can still see a little bit of this style in my digi-scrapping pages. I like clean, simple pages that allow for lots of photos and definitely some journaling.
Now onto my first digi-page. This was made about 2 years ago when my friend Laressie introduced me to digi-scrapping and I fell in love instantly.....although learning photoshop was a little frustrating. Thankfully I have a husband who helped me a lot along the way. You can see the page is very simple and a lot like my traditional layout above. This page was done with all "freebie" stuff that I found. I'll be honest, when I first started digi-scrapping I used all "freebie" stuff. I didn't understand why people would buy stuff when there was so much free stuff out there. Believe me, my views have changed on this dramatically and not just because I sell stuff. I think freebies are great to help you try out different designers or styles....but you are limiting yourself so much if you limit yourself to "free" stuff.
Here is one of my more recent digi layouts and one of my more favorite ones. I did purchase stuff for this page ;-) It's so much fun to play with all the elements and papers that you get with a good purchased kit. Another thing that I always do now that I didn't do when I first started digi-scrapping was edit my photos. I edit all my photos, I think it really does make a difference. And I also like to play around with dropshadows. When I first started I just used the standard dropshadow but I've found that it can really make your page pop if you add some different dropshadows. As you can see I still use lots of photos and always do a little journaling on my pages.
Using Chasing Rainbows and the Clearly Trimmed Set over st Sweet Shoppe.