Digital Scrapbooking - The Supplies


Last week we talked about getting started with digital scrapbooking. Basically talking about what is digital scrapbooking, what you need to get started, and a point in the direction of a great class on getting started. Today though, we are going to talk a bit more about what you actually need to scrap digitally. The digital scrapbooking supplies. I will also link you up on where to get them.


There are different answers to this; and it all depends on who you ask. Here is what I suggest that you need to get started in digital scrapbooking

  1. A program to scrap with
  2. Photos
  3. Digitally made papers and elements (a kit)

Programs to Use for Digital Scrapbooking

The main programs used for digital scrapbooking are as follows: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements (what I use),, Corel Paintshop Pro, and Gimp. There are other things out there you can use. These are the main ones though. 

I use Photoshop Elements and that is what I recommend to others when they ask me what to use. It usually can be bought for under $100. I know that not everyone can afford that. You can try it out for free to see if that is something you would like to do. 

Photoshop Elements is a wonderful photo-editing program. You can do most of what you can in the full CS program in Elements. For most people, and especially people starting out, Elements will have everything you need to scrap digitally. 

Learning how to use Elements does take a bit of time, some trial and error, and some learning. You can find online classes to help with that. Once again, I suggest the FREE class that I did in the "Getting Started" blog post. 


Photos, of course. (I have been known to scrap photo-less layouts though!). I usually take photos with my camera or phone and save them to my computer. From there I can upload them to my layout. I also have photos from the good old pre-digital days. What do I do with those? Scanner baby! Scan them right in and use them on my layouts. I am not going to lie to you though, and I do suggest this if you are going to print in 8x8 or smaller. I have been known to take really nice and clear photos of my photos to use on my layouts. True story!

Digital Papers and Elements

otherwise known as "kits", are the next thing you need. Technically you can scrap without them. You can upload photos and journal without them. I personally love all the pretty papers and elements that go with them. 


Digital papers and elements are the supplies you need to scrap your digital scrapbooking layouts. They are downloaded off the internet. You can buy them and find some for free! You will need to know how to download things, how to find them and unzip them once you have them on your computer. where to store them, and how to store them. I personally suggest that you store them in two different places. Some of the places you can store your digital scrapbooking supplies are on your computer, an external hard-drive, DVDs, or internet back up. I personally store mine on my computer and have an internet back up. 

There are a huge range of items that will be your digital scrapbooking supplies. Those include: 
  • Full kits - Which are most everything you need bought at once. All the papers and elements you need. Usually in some sort of theme. Color or activity. 
  • alphas - these are just like they sound. Beautiful letters used to title your page
  • papers 
  • elements - all the things that are not papers. Think flowers, stars, and so on. 
  • templates - which I love and will have a whole other post about just them
  • quick pages
  • and more!
There are tons and tons of stores around online to buy these digital scrapbooking supplies. I am not going to pretend to know them all. I am going to list a few of them here. They are in alphabetical order. I did all the hard work for you. They are all linked to the actual store. 

  1. Digital Scrapbooking Studio 
  3. Gotta Pixel 
  4. Gingerscraps 
  5. PickleBerryPop 
  6. Plain Digital Wrapper 
  7. ScrapBird 
  8. Scrapbook Graphics 
  9. ScrapGirls 
  10. Scrap N Pieces 
  11. Sweet Shoppe Designs 
  12. The Digi Chick 
  13. Oscraps 
  14. The Digital Press Co.
  15. The Lilypad 
  16. With Love Studio

These are not all of them that are out there. There are designers that sell in their own stores and other stores that I just do not know about. My favorites are GingerScraps and SweetShoppe Designs. You can also google "digital scrapbooking freebies" and start getting some items from free. 

More than a Store!

All of these shops are more than just a store; and to me this is one of the best things about digital scrapbooking. These places are communities. I am being serious when I tell you this. Most all of the stores linked above have forum communities. In these forums you can ask questions, play games, complete challenges, meet new friends, learn from tutorials, enter to win free items, and actually get to know the faces behind the designs. I have met and am friends with people from all over the world, just from digital scrapbooking. That, to me, is so cool!

I suggest that you click around on the links above. Look around the store and see if any of the designs are to your liking. I would start by looking on the right hand side. Most of the stores have categories. I would also suggest looking under "kits, digital scrapbooking kit, scrap kits" or any variation thereof. Remember, kits are papers and elements all rolled into one purchase. 

I hope that you enjoyed and learned something from today's post. Next week I will be back with information on what to do with your digital scrapbooking supplies once you buy them. Hopefully, with a video tutorial. I have never done one of these before. Wish me luck!

Digital Scrapbooking - The Supplies by March to December

Do you scrap digitally? Link me up to your gallery or blog. I am always looking for inspriation!

Do you shop somewhere that isn't listed above? Tell me where. I will add it to the list. 

Any further suggestions? I wanna know! Comment below. 

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