Obviously, you need a computer with lots of storage for all the digital elements you will eventually collect. I keep my scrapbooking and designing graphics on an external hard drive. Then, you need to research the graphics software that you will use. There are many on the market such as; PhotoShop, Photoshop Elements, PaintshopPro and CorelDraw.
There are also freeware programs that you can download. Here are a few; GIMP and Inkscape. Some programs are only free for a trial period, so be aware of what you are downloading. Do your research and only download from reputable sites. The software usually comes with its own set of graphics that you can use to for practice.
Next, play around with your software and become familiar with its functions. Learn to use layering to add paper and place graphics. The Internet is a goldmine of information, instructions and tutorials. If I’m ever stuck, I generally turn to Youtube where I can watch and follow the instructions as I go.
One of my favourite design styles is combining black and white photos with colour elements.