I guess you could say that I'm fairly new to the digital side of scrapbooking. While I've been doing traditional scrapbooking for many, many years, I have only just recently delved into the digital realm and begin creating my own unique layouts using computers to aid in my designs. I have found that while this style of scrapping does not have the same tactile familiarity as traditional scrapping, the final product is somewhat easier to make clean and neat.
The textures and scents of things – the way paper feet in your hands, or the smell of the adhesives and glues (I'm not talking about getting high here, so do not start!) Are some of the things that have grown on me over the years. I'm used to getting in and getting my hands dirty and really playing around with the physical components to each design, so it's a little bit of a struggle to get my head around having everything inside a flat screen in front of me. I feel like it's all so far away, and sometimes want to reach into the monitor and touch what's inside.
One of my favorite tools for manipulating digital imagery is Adobe Photoshop, an expensive program by any standards, but one that I luckily have the use of through my husband's business. I would consider myself a beginner with the software, but even while using other specific digiscrapping programs I find that Photoshop is best for touching up pictures, cropping, and doing my own basic background, texture, and pattern designs.
The main thing to remember when scrapping in a digital format is that no matter what kinds of colors or visual depth you try to create, your designs are always going to come out completely flat until you add physical decoration of some kind. Often scrapbooks can become thick and the pages separated when you have many designs which incorporate some type of "three-dimensional" object, whether it be a raised button or some other object that sits up off the top of the page. Doing designs digitally and then adding physical objects later is called "hybrid scrapbooking," and in fact this is what I have been doing most often these days. If you know your tools and can incorporated both digital and physical elements, you can create some pretty nifty designs. Happy scrapping!