I must admit, I never got into the digital scrapbooking "thing" as it seems a bit weird to me - wasn't paper crafting all about playing with paper? actual, in your hand, touch and feel and rip, paper?
Close to My Heart has a digital scrapbooking offering, called Studio J. There is no cost to get an account, and no software to download. All you need to do is upload your photos, select a layout and you are done!
There are a number of ways of getting to the layout. You can use one of the Express Collections, where the pages are already made up for you, and you just slot your photos in. This is what I did with my first effort, below. This layout is from the Getaway collection, and all I had to do was drag my photos onto the relevant photo mats, click on them and select black and white - the photo colours didn't suit this colour scheme - then change the heading to Coffs Harbour. The whole thing took me about 10 minutes, most of which was waiting on the internet connection :-)
For more experienced digital scrappers, or if you want to have full creative control, you can choose to start with a blueprint, or even a blank page. The papers and embellishments are all exclusive to Close to My Heart, and match the traditional papers available in the catalogue - so your digital pages can match traditional pages in your album, and should you choose to embellish the Studio J pages once you print them, they all coordinate perfectly!
You can create your own account through my website on the Studio J tab. You can even have a play with the software without an account, but you won't be able to save any of your layouts or photos that way.
When you have finished with your project, which can include multiple layouts, you can choose to purchase either a processed 12x12 layout to be posted to you, or a jpg image you can save to your computer and maybe print elsewhere. I have included pricing below:
So I invite you to go and have a play with this great tool, and let me know how you go. I also would love to hear your feedback on how Studio J compares with other digital scrapbooking programs you may have used.
Yours in craft,