So you have your cool photo editing program, or layout program. If you purchased a program specifically geared to digital scrapbooking it probably came with access to some free kits, but then there’s just so much you can do with them.
When I was into paper scrapping, I was a paper, sticker, die-cut, hoarder! 😀 I couldn’t pass up those aisles in the craft stores, and I could literally spend hours browsing. Of course it didn’t help that we didn’t have access to those things here in Ecuador, so I was having to think about bringing stuff back with me to last a while. 😉
Well, the fact is I’m not much better when it comes to digital! :p I have amassed a huge collection. The really cool thing is that it’s never “used up!” When I first started, I actually made some of my backgrounds. Here is an example of a few backgrounds I made for my son’s birthday book, just by taking photos of some of the decorations and then using them as my backgrounds. I played with these once I put them in my program…changing the opacity, cropping, etc.
You can find lots of tutorials and classes to help you learn to make your own papers and elements.
BUT, we don’t all have the time, nor the inclination to be that creative just to scrap a page. There are beautiful kits and supplies out there and most of them are very reasonably priced. If you are looking for a particular style or theme you are sure to find it.