Here at Digital Scrapper we are all about Adobe. We teach Adobe, we talk Adobe, and this month, we give Adobe.
At the bottom of this post I will give you all the details for winning a FREE copy of Adobe software. But first, I thought you might like to sit down in our Digital Scrapper living room, sip an ice cold lemonade, and hear from our team members.
Update: The posting deadline has expired, but we’d still love to hear your story.
Here is how many of our Digital Scrapper team of creatives found their way to Adobe:
Andrea Graves, Creative Team Director
I had a friend tell me the concept of Digital Scrapbooking, and a mutual friend knew how to do it. I was fascinated by this and ::had:: to see it for myself. I went to this friend’s house and begged her to give me a 45 minute crash course in PSE3. I was hooked and never looked back! I started teaching classes in my community a year or two later and spread the word on how awesome digital scrapbooking is! I made the jump from PSE6 on a PC to CS3 on a mac (back when CS3 was new), and I recently bought Photoshop CS6 but haven’t had time to install it yet. I’ve been a big fan of Adobe ever since I started digital scrapbooking. 🙂
Annette Sturgeon, 2013 Creative Team
I have had a love affair with computers since my stack of punched IBM cards comprising my last programming assignment tumbled from the toilet tank into the bowl. I had a coupon to purchase Photoshop Elements for $50 and could not wait to use it. When I discovered the Digital Scrapper website I was pleased to recognize Linda from a telecast years ago on the BYU network. I have so enjoyed the journey, which provides me the opportunity to continue to expand and learn through this community of enthusiastic members.
Barb Brookbank, Video Instructor
I was in Costco one cold, dreary, winter afternoon and found myself examining a copy of Photoshop Elements 4. I thought it was “over my head,” but because it included the “Learn Digital Scrapbooking” CD by Linda Sattgast, I decided to give it a try. I had no idea that I had just embarked on a most exciting, challenging, and inspiring journey, which would ultimately lead me to Digital Scrapper.
I can honestly say that I’ve learned 95% of what I know about Photoshop and scrapbooking at this site. Now, five years later, I find myself teaching others what I have learned. It’s amazing and seems incredible to me, and sometimes I just have to pinch myself (true story)! 🙂
Connie Garlitz, 2013 Creative Team
I used to frequent a photography website that had a program you could use for free to manipulate and play with your photos. When they announced they would be closing that part of their site down, I started looking for a program to use. Talking to a friend who majored in graphic design, she suggested trying Adobe PSE5. An ad for Scrappers Guide (now known as Digital Scrapper) was in the box. I visited the site and fell in love with Linda’s tutorials, and the rest is history.
Darcy Baldwin, Forum Director
Long before I decided to scrapbook, my Dad gave me his old computer, which had Photoshop 7 on it. I tooled around with it here and there until 2006 or so when I dove into digital scrapbooking for good. About two years later, I upgraded to Photoshop CS, then CS3 two years after that, which is where I am now.
Jen White, Group Project Manager
In the Fall of 2006, I had finally saved enough money from taking senior portraits to buy a top of the line DSLR Canon Rebel. When the package came in the mail, it included a copy of PSE along with Linda’s training CD. Being a lover of new software, I immediately set off to master the program and become a digital scrapper, with Linda’s help.
Kathy Black, 2013 Creative Team
My daughter had received Photoshop Elements from her mother in law and showed me how she could enhance her digital photos. I immediately went out and purchased the program and have upgraded to every other version (5, 7, 9, and now 11) since. I took several online courses to understand the program but interestingly enough, did not start using it for digital scrapbooking until 2012. I had been using a different program that I thought was more user friendly. I had been a Plus Member for several years, and then finally became a Premier Member. Seeing the instructor videos, tutorials, and tips convinced me that Photoshop Elements was just as user friendly and had more creative power than the software I had been using.
Lana Anderson, Forum Moderator
In 2005, I purchased my first point and shoot digital camera. In order to learn how to use the thing, I took a couple digital camera basics classes at our local community college and was introduced to Photoshop Elements for editing photos. At this point, I still knew nothing about digital scrapbooking. Then a friend gave me a free copy of Art Explosion’s Scrapbook Factory Deluxe. I thought it was fun, and I played around with it for about a year. One day while I was searching online about my new-found interest, I came across Scrapper’s Guide (now Digital Scrapper), which had tutorials for using PS and PSE for scrapbooking! (Light bulb goes on!) I joined Scrapper’s Guide in 2007 and became a Premier Member in 2008. I’ve been hooked on digital scrapbooking ever since!!!
Linda Sattgast, Digital Scrapper President and Founder
One thing leads to another in the digital world. When I got a digital camera in 2001, I needed archival quality prints, so I bought the best printer I could find at the time, a large format Epson printer. It came with various sizes of large and small papers, and I remember thinking, “Too bad I won’t ever need these large papers.” My mind must have been thinking about that while I slept, because I awoke at precisely 3 a.m. with the incredible thought: “I can scrapbook on the computer and print it out on one large sheet of paper!” I felt like I had discovered digital scrapbooking, and I knew that others would like the idea, too.
I already had Photoshop Elements 2, which came bundled with a scanner, but I had never even opened it. Somehow I knew, though, that Adobe products were the gold standard, so I got Photoshop and learned how to use both programs, mostly through trial and error. From the very start, I intended to create a training video to make it faster and easier for others to learn. That dream came true a year and a half later in September 2003 when I launched my training website, ScrappersGuide.com, and offered the first ever video training for digital scrapbooking. Though the website name eventually changed to DigitalScrapper.com, our mission has remained the same: To teach digital scrapbooking using Adobe products to anyone who wants to learn!
Luisa Kelly, 2013 Creative Team
I had tried Photoshop 7 and Elements 6 but didn’t really understand how to use the programs comfortably and make them do what I wanted them to do. Eventually I decided that if I was able to obtain two college degrees, I should be able to understand and comfortably use Photoshop Elements. So I purchased PSE9, which came with a disk from Digital Scrapper with instructions by Linda Sattgast for using the program. That did it; I was so happy with the lessons that I decided to check out Digital Scrapper. The rest is history; I have never left!
Lydia Tarbox, Tutorial Author
After I had my first child, I realized that I had no desire to keep up with the clutter of paper scrapping. I didn’t have space for the supplies, and I didn’t want to deal with getting everything out and putting it all away when I was finished. I’m a computer geek at heart, so I started looking for digital alternatives. I found and tried a few different programs that were created specifically for scrapbooking, but none of them really did everything I wanted them to do. I had heard about scrapbooking in Photoshop, but I had only used Photoshop for a few specific projects and didn’t really understand how you would accomplish scrapbooking in that program. So, my search for a good solution continued. At some point, I was chatting online with one of my high school friends, and she shared some digital scrapbooking pages that she had created in Photoshop. I thought they were amazing, so I asked her for tips. She sent me links to some good resources for getting started and to some stores where I could get quality digital supplies. It took me a few tries to understand the marvelous world of layers in Photoshop, but once I had that down, I was off the races. And, I’ve never looked back.
Nann Dalton, Tutorial Author
In 2007, I discovered digital scrapbooking by trying to learn how to do a blog. I was clicking through blog links to see more ideas and found one that talked about digital scrapbooking. I loved it so I googled it to learn more . . . and that led me to Scrapper’s Guide. I recognized Linda Sattgast from a scrapbooking show I had watch on PBS and knew I had found someone who knew what they were talking about, so I ordered her tutorial for Elements 5. Scrappers Guide seemed to be the perfect fit for me. I was just so hungry to learn how to use Photoshop Elements. I love the tutorials and the kits were an added bonus. It took me several years, however, before I was brave enough to post something in the Gallery. When I did, I loved the feedback that I got on my layouts, and I was hooked.
Sharon Maughan, Webmaster
I’ve always loved scrapbooking. As a teenager, rubber cement, colored pencils, and scotch tape were the tools of my trade as I scrapped every newspaper clipping, photo, and program I ever had. I continued scrapping life during the early years of my marriage but took a break when my four children were small and life was hectic. When I returned to paper scrapping in the mid 1990s, the buzzword was “archival;” tape runners had replaced my beloved rubber cement, and we all believed that “she who dies with the most decorative scissors wins.” I taught classes on preserving memories for almost seven years when I stumbled across some digital layouts in one of my scrapbooking magazines. I LOVED them. I loved the way they looked, AND I loved the idea of not having a mess everywhere when I scrapped! Since I had just purchased my first laptop computer, the timing was perfect. I had to try this out.
I purchased Photoshop Elements 2 but still couldn’t figure out how to even begin a digital page. Finally, I googled “digital scrapbooking” and found Scrapper’s Guide (now Digital Scrapper). Encouraged by her money-back guarantee, I decided to watch Linda’s classes, and the “ah-hah” moments began. When I completed my first page in Jan 2005, I was thrilled. Ctrl-Z was my friend, and I became completely hooked when my children started showing my pages to their friends, making me a “cool” mom! I haven’t looked back since. *Ü*
Susie Roberts, Creative Director
I was at university studying for a teaching degree when I took an elective subject called Digital Imaging. Although the theoretical content of the subject was not to my liking, I did get to learn the basics of how to use Photoshop 7 and decided then and there that this was heaven on earth. I then went exploring online and found Scrapper’s Guide and digital scrapbooking. I immediately ordered Linda’s Learn Digital Scrapbooking CD, joined Premier, and bought heaps of books. Consequently, I didn’t continue with the degree because digital scrapbooking took over my life. So I never used Photoshop Elements as my starting point. I used Photoshop from the beginning!
Trisha Roush, Forum Moderator
It was summer of 2005, and I had just taken a bunch of cute pictures of my daughter making funny faces. I had the brilliant idea of combining them onto one page and printing them out to put into a frame. I knew I could do it with PSE, as I’d had PSE since the very first version. I did a simple grid layout and even added a caption. Then, when my next upgrade of PSE came from Adobe, it had a postcard in it about Linda’s website. I visited and got hooked on digital scrapbooking.
Now it’s your turn for a chance to WIN. . . .
Update: The posting deadline has expired, but we’d still love to hear your story.
To win this:
One copy of Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 11, which you may:
• Keep for yourself.
• Gift to a friend or relative, or
• Gift to another member of the DS community that has inspired you.
Tell us how YOU found Adobe.
• We girls want to know all the little details, so let it all out!
• Post your story in the Comment section below.
• One entry per person, please.
• Feel free to include a link to your online scrapbook gallery. We’d love to see what you’ve been creating with Adobe!
Don’t yet have a Adobe? That’s OK. You can still participate.
Instead, tell us why you’d LIKE to have Adobe.
• The deadline for posting is Midnight Eastern Time Friday, July 26, 2013.
• Late comments are welcome but will not be eligible to win.
Then we’ll do this:
1) Draw a winner.
• Collect all eligible comments on Saturday, July 27, 2013.
• Draw a winner via random generator.
2) Notify the winner.
• The winner will be emailed directly on Saturday, July 27, 2013.
• The winner will be announced in Issue 30 of the Digital Scrapper News.
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