buy a photo editing program.
download free stuff!
Find out my favorite places to download things HERE.
understand the jargon.
*Templates are basic pages that are set up for you with paper, element, journal, and photo placement where you "clip" or paste your own things to them. They help make scrapbooking faster, espeically if you are out of ideas.
*Acronyms- PS (photoshop), PSE (photoshop elements), CT (creative team who scraps for a designer), PU (personal use only products to be used for personal scrapbooking non-profit only), CU (commercial use products that can be used for commercial projects with or without permission)
*Freebies=free stuff! Your new favorite word!
*Zipped or compressed files-To save time on downloading, all of your downloads will be zipped files. You will have to unzip them with your computer's program, or download a free unzipping program before opening them.
(Update: Do NOT use Mixbook! They are horrible. I had a groupon so I printed my daughter's baby book from there, but it was a pain from start to finish. It took forever (like days) to upload the pages and they have HORRIBLE customer service. No phone, just email. Some pages of my book are fuzzy and pixelated. My friend printed three different books from them and they all were cut out wrong so they have uneven white borders and were off set. She can't even talk to a person to figure out how to return these books. Save yourself some trouble by using someone else.)
Update #2: I did a more detailed printing post HERE and HERE.