The pros concur that novices should start digital scrapbooking the easy way: Make a photo book first.
Most online photo-sharing and printing companies offer this simple option, which involves uploading your pictures to a Web site, then dropping them into pre-formatted pages. Most services will allow you to print individual pages, too, for just a few dollars each.
Once you can handle that, it's time to move on to open-format scrapbooking, in which you start with an empty page. Again, the various online companies, such as Snapfish, Shutterfly, Creative Memories and Smilebox, can help. They offer formats and embellishments, some for free.
You also can join a digital scrapbooking forum, such as DigiShopTalk.com or Scrapbook-Bytes.com for support and inspiration.