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:


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.


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!

Printing and Sharing

Printing your pages professionally does cost about $2 per layout depending on the size you print (I do 12x12) 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 three and avid digital scrapbooker. She loves to show others how fun and easy it can be to record your precious memories with tech tools like Photoshop Elements.