Getting Started: Kits, papers, embellishments and more!

Jennifer Wilson

I’m your guide here at Simple Scrapper. Our community helps people find what fills you up and fits your life in memory keeping.

December 5, 2008

You have purchased or downloaded free software and have chosen a few photos. Like animals preparing for hibernation, it’s time to start gathering a few nuts. And by nuts, I mean digital scrapbooking supplies. There are many types of supplies, but we’ll focus here on the main categories. Generally, you can find all of these supplies in “digital kits”, which are coordinated packages. You can even create whole matchy-matchy albums from some of the mega kits.

Types of Digital Scrapbooking Supplies
I’m using the new Weeds & Wildflowers Jolly Holiday collection here as an example.

Papers
As with paper scrapbooking, papers are the foundation. Don’t try to plan in your head – just select a paper and work from there. I’ve found some of my greatest inspiration but just getting started with a paper or two. In digital scrapbooking, papers are usually 12×12 jpg files.

Alphas
This category consists of individually designed letters that can be combined to make initials or words. They are much fancier than fonts.

Embellishments
Here, we’re going to consider anything that doesn’t fit into the above as an embellishment. This category can include ribbons, bows, buttons, word art, flourishes, frames and any shape you can possible image. Embellishments, to me, are what make a layout come alive – they are the center of the Tootsie Roll Pop!

Fonts
The font is the text styling. Fancy fonts are a ‘nice-to-have’, but you can often get away with the fonts provided with your computer’s operating system. My favorite source for fonts is the ScrapVillage. DaFont has simple tutorials on installing fonts on both PC and Mac.

Downloading Tip
Many files, especially kits, will come as a .zip or a .rar file. There are many free utilities for opening these files. Find some of the top picks at download.com!

Off to the Races
It’s time to start selecting, downloading and scrapping. My absolutely favorite starter kits can be found at the Shabby Princess. And guess what? They are free! In future posts, we’ll talk more about freebies. For now, please check out these great kits and get started.

Join our Creative Community

Enjoying Simple Scrapper and the Scrapbook Your Way podcast? The next step is to become a member. You’ll get access to weekly Zoom crops, bimonthly retreats, and a huge content library!

You May Also Like…

How to Make a Scrapbook Kit

How to Make a Scrapbook Kit

Each scrapbook page begins with a collection of supplies plucked for the story I want to tell: a “micro kit”.

5 Steps to Smarter, More Intentional Spending on Your Hobby

Imagine this scenario: You grab your purse and head to the nearest Michaels. You've run out of adhesive and can't scrapbook another layout until you restock. But when you arrive, you notice the end cap of new Heidi Swapp products. Then you remember...

unKit #1: Planning Video

Last month I announced the unKit Club, a new community project and blog series focused on simplifying the scrapbooking process. Thank you for the enthusiasm I've received on social media! We're exploring each unKit over a period of three months,...

0 Comments

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. How to digiscrap your holiday cards | Simple Scrapper - [...] scratch, start with a 4″x6″ or 4″x8″ template. Next, select a photo and gather your supplies. Follow some basic…

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.