How much does it all cost?

If you are just starting digital scrapbooking you may be wondering, what will it cost me to get into this hobby?
Here’s a round up of my essentials for Digital Scrapbooking:

Computer

I suspect you may already have a computer, since you are reading this!
Honestly, you don’t need a state of the art computer, any computer that had 1 gigabyte of RAM will do to start with.

Photoshop Elements


Adobe Photoshop Elements 10-FullAdobe Photoshop Elements 10 is the program I use for all my digital scrapbooking, and I love it! It is powerful and not as difficult to learn as some other software.

If you don’t have Adobe Photoshop Elements 10  yet – it will set you back around US$99 depending on where you live in the world.

Supplies

Digital scrapbooking is a lot cheaper in terms of supplies that paper scrapbooking. Digital scrapbook kits cost around $5-6 each.
But then you do have the benefit of being able to be reused!
I used one kit to create Emily’s whole first year book – even the cover! See it here

So it can be very cost effective compared to $1 dollar per piece of patterned paper or cardstock in the real world! :)
I’ve tended to stick to a few favourite designers and really use the kits! I’ve also earnt free kits or coupons through challenges – such as those run over at Scrapbookgraphics.

If you find you want to try out lots of different designers to get a feel for your style, there’s an awesome deal at the Daily Digi for you. They have a membership club the Digi Game - you get over $50 worth of digital scrapbook supplies, a 30-50 page interactive ebook, additional exclusive collaborations and surprise gifts automatically each month for ONLY $7.50 a month?
The Digi  is the best deal in Digital Scrapbooking I can tell you that I’ve personally used the Digi Game as my source for scrapbooking kits for the past year.
Here’s a sneak peek at your gift for signing up!
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Printing and Sharing

Printing your pages professionally does cost about $2 per layout depending on the size you print (I do 12×12) or you can collect them all and print them in a photobook using Snapfish, Shutterfly or lots of other sites (or even at BigW or Harvey Norman here in Australia).
I love digital scrapbooking because there’s no mess – you just save your work and close it and little hands can’t get to it.
I hope this answers some of your questions about digi-scrapping, if you want to find out more about how to get started – check out my workshops and feel free to email me your questions!
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About Melissa Shanhun

Melissa Shanhun is a Aussie mum of two and avid digital scrapbooker. She loves to show others how fun and easy it can be to record those memories with tech tools like Photoshop Elements.

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