I'm new to the site - LOVE that there is such a site! - and I'm looking forward to challenges and sharing my adventures in digi-scrapping.
When I filled out my profile, there were options from which to choose for design software; I personally use Creative Memories, and I have digi-scrapping friends who use Heritage Maker. Is it possible to add an "Other" category to the Software Specific forum category?
Also, more and more people are starting to use online editing sites for their photos, such as PicMonkey (by the makers of PicNik which is now owned by Google and part of Picasa) or PiZap (a current favourite of my students). Granted, these are used for photo editing and not assets creation, but for new scappers these tools are a good place to start.
Any other ideas?