Not really trade secrets. But just to let everyone know how I create these "gems".
Digital scrapbooking came to my attention around Christmas time 2007. I've done graphic art, webdesign and add creation for a while almost 8 years and silly me had never even heard of digital scrapbooking. When I stumbled upon a site I was HOOKED. Physical scrapbooking overwhelms me. Hobby Lobby's isles literally send me into a panic attack... I buy way to much and nothing looks right. I cant create what I want with my hands in that way. So this whole time I've been plotting to get into scrapbooking but never took the plunge. Anywho... as soon as I saw digital scrapbooking I knew it was for me.
Program I use - Adobe Photoshop Elements - this program is like the baby sister of Photo Shop - cost a third and does almost everything you need it to do.
Websites I get things from - scrapgirls.com (lds owner), this site has great tutorials!, plus a WONDERFUL forum where you can ask anything or search anything that someone might have already asked. shabbyprincess.com has a TON of cute kits that are free and also great tutorial.
There are sites popping up that you can do everything from a website. I have not tested any of these out so I am not sure how they work or if they are easier.
I print everything so far at Walgreens (any place will work) I save everything if picture quality (300 dpi) and have never had something not turned out. I do alot of hands out in 4x6 size since they are cheapest. I've used my own printer but find it sure seems to waist ink =-) I like to pay alittle for them to do it for me.
I hope this helps. My family blog I have a few more links of scrapbooking places I go to. Let me know if you have specific question or need any help. I love helping people.