The best tip I can give, is learn your program, what ever it may be...make it do your biding...lol. Seriously... also there is a MASSIVE amount of products for digital scrapping. Some free, some not. Some excellent, some not. Be choosy. If you are liking your free stuff, check out the designers PTU items. In many cases the kits are very reasonable on a tight budget. For a bunch of beginners, you have alot of talent.