A world opened up to me... I LOVED it. It took me a while to get the hang of it.... to make it look like real paper supplies. I saw there there were styles of digital scrapping that didn't look like real paper at all. They were interesting composites and though I thought some of them were beautiful, they weren't for me. I had fun learning new ways to do things. I didn't and still don't always like everything I make. I go back and remake things. There is nothing wrong with that. The best part is.. I can use the same supplies over and over again if I want. Try THAT with paper supplies. HA! Impossible to deconstruct and why on earth would you want to?
This went on for a few months. We went from a 2 income family to a 1 income family. I was now a stay at home mom and the economy was ... bad... and it's still not any better as far as I can tell or feel a difference. So, I was a voracious freebie hunter. (which is 1 of the reasons I like to give back now) The problem with hunting freebies is that you pick up bits and pieces. It's hard to put together color coordinated pages sometimes because you only have a thing or two that match. So, I did two things to solve this problem. 1. I started learning how to design my own things. 2. I joined a forum.
Learning to design my own things was and still is an ongoing learning process. I read tutorials, followed blogs and practiced, practiced, practiced. I also learned more that first month I decided to start a shop than I did for the year I had been practicing before. A quality check will teach you ALOT. If you ever wanted to learn to design, you should keep an eye on the Scraps N Pieces forum. There is going to be a designer mentor program/class that is going to start in March and the sign ups are going to be sometime this month in the forum.
Joining a forum was the single BEST thing I did for myself in regards to digital scrapping. Not only did I find a community that I enjoyed, but I also learned alot on how to do things. I made friends. I found QUALITY freebies and not just a piece but full kits I could use. I earned them. I would complete challenges and build up points. I caught up on my scrapping that way. I would participate in speed scraps and earn supplies through them and I LOVED earning coupons to pick out my own supplies. I still didn't have a scrapping budget but I was building up my supplies anyway. I wasn't brave enough to apply to be on someone's creative team. But, wonder of wonders, someone ASKED me to be on their team! I was so excited to be there... and I am still excited to be on that team! I would create layouts and freebies for them and get their kits free in return. It works out for all involved. They never would have known I existed if I hadn't joined that forum.
So, today I would like to invite YOU to join a forum. I recommend Scraps N Pieces. But, even if you have another forum in mind. Join one... participate... make friends... earn supplies... enjoy the community. As you are looking around for one to join. Make sure you read the rules... some forums only let you post pictures in their gallery from supplies purchased in their store. There is nothing wrong with that but it wouldn't have worked for me when I started. Find one where you are comfortable, can ask questions, and enjoy yourself.
Have fun Scrapping!