Hello Everyone!! Today I want to tell you about a cool site I found a few days ago. It's called Pixel Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking If you aren't a scrapbooker, don't be put off by the name, you don't have to scrapbook. I happened to be blog hopping the other day, and someones blog had a link to this site. I went to check it out and I was totally blown away by how much information and files are on the site. If you are at all interested in creating your own digital papers, to make them what ever color you want, using what ever textures or overlays you can find, then I think this site is something you should check out.
Marisa Lerin is the owner of the site, and she has written some tutorials, and even has some videos on how to use Photoshop (PS). The ones I have checked out so far have been short, precise and shows you simply how to do things in PS for creating digital papers or elements. You don't have to sift through a bunch of stuff about PS that may or may not pertain to what you are wanting to learn, like some other tutorials I have found out there. There are even some tutorials on how to use PaintShop Pro (PSP), if you prefer that software. I haven't looked at the tutorials for PSP much, since I'm trying to concentrate on learning PS.
In order to download the papers and templates, you need to join the site. It costs NOTHING to join, and you get to select a kit for FREE just for joining. She uses what she calls "download credits" (DC) which allows you to download paper, template, overlays, textures, etc. There are also Community Points (CP). You get 5 free DC every day, they don't accumulate, so you need to use them daily. This is so people don't just show up, download everything then never go back to the site. Most single papers are 1 credit, the templates and overlays are 2 credits. If you want to download an entire kit, they are "cheaper" than downloading individual items, but she does ask that you support the site in order to be able to download entire kits.
You can earn more DC by being active on the site. Being active means commenting in the forum, or commenting on items in the gallery, or her blog, and even filling out your profile, these all let you earn CP, and the more CP you get the more DC you get daily, up to a maximum of 10 DC a day. I know the way I'm explaining it may seem complicated, but it really isn't, and you can find all the information on how it works on her Help page.
You can also get more download credits by supporting the site. You can support the site with as little as a $5 donation and get 50 DC added to your "account". The DC you get for supporting the site do NOT disappear like your daily DC do, they are there until you use them. The more you donate, the more DC and other benefits you receive. PLUS, you still receive your daily DC, those don't go away just because you made a donation.
From the first day I found this site, I have been going back daily, not only to get my free downloads, but to read the forum, and the tutorials. I haven't had time to really get to know any one else on the forum, but they all seem to be very nice and helpful, and I am looking forward to getting to know some of them better.
So if you want to learn how to use PS to create your own digital papers, or download some great looking paper, or just a fun place to "hang out", head over to Pixel Scrapper Digital Scrapbooking
As I get more experience with PS and creating my own digital papers, I hope to start sharing them, so stay tuned, you never know when one may show up here.
Oh and in case you didn't see it, I put a button on the sidebar for them, so you can click on that button and be taken to the site if you forgot to bookmark it.