There are a few things to consider:
- Software - There are TONS of different programs that work for digi scrapping. I chose to use Adobe Photoshop Elements (which is slightly less powerful than photoshop, but also much more affordable). I found a free 30 day downloadable trial of the program at Adobe's web site. Just make sure first that your computer is powerful enough, or you will have a very frustrating experience.
- Learning - There are a lot of ways to learn how to get started. There are a bunch of tutorials available on line, but each tutorial basically focuses on one particular function of a program, rather than the bigger picture of what's going on. I was lucky enough to find an online course for beginning digital scrapping. It was taught by a very talented teacher & scrapper named Tracy Watson, and it was hosted by AOL's digital lifestyle learning service. Right now I only see an advanced course on their site, but I emailed Tracy to see if she has any courses available anywhere else currently. I'll let you know.
- Getting STUFF - In the course, I did learn how to make my own paper and ribbon and so on, but it all was pretty basic, and will take much practice before I'm willing to use much of it on my pages. So that left me with the issue of finding a stash of paper and supplies to use. I found a LOT of great websites that have free downloads of paper kits, embellishments, etc. Here are a few that got me started:
you can also sign up for a daily newsletter from http://www.scrapgirls.com/. In it, there are 2 freebies to download every day. Just some places to get started.
Just for fun, want to see my first few digital pages? They're VERY basic, but there's a quick learning curve. Lots to learn, but if you're comfortable with computers, it should come fairly easily. Here are first ever digital pages...LOL!