My name is Megan Rees. I'm just a normal working mom. I am married to a wonderful man, Trevor, and have three young daughters, including a set of twins. I am a licensed business teacher, and teach junior high—mainly 7th grade. On a daily basis, I teach kids how to use software. In the eight years I've taught, I've gotten pretty good at knowing how break down a program in small bites so kids of varying degrees of knowledge and ability can learn it.
In about 2004, I came across the program Photoshop 7. I loved it. I never actually took a class—I just messed around with it. I loved manipulating pictures. It was strictly for photography at the time. I have been scrapbooking the old way since 1993. By 2004, digital scrapbooking was alive and well, but I knew little about it. I didn't really get how to apply the skills I already had in Photoshop to Digital Scrapbooking. My sister got into it, and she helped me along. And slowly, I was pulled into this new world. I still remember the day I bought my last supplies for the old-school scrapbooking. I wanted to finish up my last book, and then start on digital. How freeing it was to know I wouldn't have to go through the hoopla of buying papers and elements, stickers and di-cuts ever again.
My first digital book was completed in 2006, the year I got married. I wrote a whole book about my love story. Trevor and I wrote it together. I knew little about digital scrapbooking then and the books were very simple, but I still love that book. It doesn't matter that it wasn't fancy—it still looks great. My second book was my first year of marriage, complete with a lot of wedding photos. I love that book too. And so it goes—I do one every year now, and I just completed a book for my baby's first year. I also did one for my Dad, showing his work as a cabinet maker. The possibilities are truly endless!
Now here's the thing. Although my own knowledge in Photoshop is probably better than your average user, I am by no means an expert. I bow to the knowledge of those designers out there who create digital scrapbooking kits and actions. I am not in their class. But what I DO know, is how to break it down in small pieces for the beginner. After all—I teach 12-year olds every day. I know that through demonstration and breaking down into small chunks, this overwhelming program CAN be conquered!
The goal of this site is to not only answer the question, "Where do I start in Digital Scrapbooking?" But to do it FOR FREE. My style is different from most, though. I'm practical. I fit as much info as I can on one page. I don't do 12x12 pages. I believe in stuffing a page full of pictures and elements--NOT froo-froo elements. I'm scrappy--practical, real, and economical.
But whatever your style, one thing I can promise you--there are only FIVE things you need to know to get started. And you can learn all of them here. For free. From start to finish--if you follow my free photoshop tutorials, you will be creating pages before you know it. Click on my introduction, and then on Lesson 1 to begin. You won't regret it!
What This Blog IS:
- A great place to find resources for everything from kits to printing to tutorials.
- A step by step simple guide for the beginner, progressing to more advanced
- A way to share my knowledge and spread the word—Digital is where it's at!
- I do not create kits or give freebies of kits, though I will provide resources for both.
- A place for expert Photoshop users to learn new skills – again, this is for beginners
- This is not about photography—if you want to learn how to enhance your photos, I will give a few tips, but it's not my focus.
Why Go Digital?
Scrapbooking is always coming out with new and bigger and cooler (and expensive) tools. New cutter machines, punches, ribbons, slicers, and I don't know what else. Buying all these tools can be quite expensive. What if you could find a tool that would do it ALL? Cut it, crop it, punch it, stamp it—and let you GO BACK if you did it wrong? Well, that's why you go digital. Photoshop can do all of that. Is the program expensive? Sure. But not near as expensive as all those ridiculous tools, and it's certainly a lot more diverse. (Though I admit I am still yearning for the Cricut machine!!!)