I have a confession to make about Photoshop. C bought Photoshop Elements 8 for me as a Christmas gift. I was so excited to get it out of the box and install it. As soon as I opened the program for the first time, I was completely overwhelmed by it's capabilities! There were so many tools and effects that I didn't even know where to begin...it doesn't even come with a manual. So I opened a new file and tried to get right to work creating my first digital scrapbook layout. I worked on it for about 20 minutes and gave up! I had no idea what I was doing and was so disappointed. I had seen the extravagant layouts with beautiful layers and perfectly placed pictures...I just knew I could do it! But it turns out I couldn't! So I gave up for quite a few months. I'm sad to say that I didn't even open Photoshop for a good three or four months! The little Photoshop icon on my computer stared at me every time I turned on the computer...taunting me even. And then my digital scrapbooking world completely turned upside down.
One afternoon I was browsing the Shabby Princes blog and stumbled upon a free template. I had no idea what it was or how to use it, I just knew it looked cute and I wanted to figure it out and quickly! At the bottom of the post, it linked to a tutorial on how to use the free template. Please take the time to look at this, you will be amazed at how simple and easy it really is! So I downloaded it and got right to work. I opened it in Photoshop, opened up one of my free digital kits that I picked up here and got right to work. I made this layout in about 20 minutes.
The most time consuming was picking out the digital kit to use. I used the Happy Go Lucky kit from the Shabby Princess website...did I mention that these are FREE! There are so many digital freebies out there, I have yet to pay for any download! Most of the digital kits come with a few papers, a few embellishments (ribbons, buttons, clips, etc.) and sometimes an alphabet...everything you need to create a wonderful layout! Look at the wonderful layering and shadows on the layout, that's all built into the template. All you have to do is open your digital papers and elements (buttons, ribbons, etc.) and the photos from your computer. Basically drag and drop and your layout is done! I love it...this is exactly what I was looking for! I hope to eventually have enough knowledge to create my own templates and "from scratch" layouts, but for now I am perfectly happy with others doing the hard part! :)
Here's another layout that I worked on recently. I also used the Happy Go Lucky kit for this one, it's one of my favorites.
So there you have it, my Photoshop confession. Wow, I feel so much better getting that off my chest! Now what are you waiting for, check out those sites and get to work. I would love to see what you create!