If you're new to Project Life and want to look into the digital version, it's just as simple as using the paper products. I might even suggest that it's simpler if you've ever digi scrapped before because you don't even need to print your photos out. You just move them from your photo folder into your layout.
To start with the digital version, you'll need some sort of digital software on your computer. I highly recommend Photoshop Elements. I've been using it for nine years and have never needed anything else. And it's very inexpensive for a software program. The current version is Elements 13 and is less than $70 on Amazon - Adobe Photoshop Elements 13.
Then all you need is a Project Life template and a kit. You can find both here - Digital Project Life. If it feels overwhelming to have so many choices, start very simple and download the FREE starter pack here - Free Starter Pack.
I am one of the most simple scrappers you'll find. I truly believe that the joy is in the photos and the stories. The products are just extras or fillers. You can make it as complex as you want but I just don't feel the need to. I want my photos and the stories of our lives printed and that's it.
Here are two example I made. They both use just two products - a template and a kit. I used Template A (found in the free starter kit) and the Azure kit for both layouts.
The first layout is the one I'll print for our scrapbooks. I like to use one card on the top left as a title and then journaling cards. That's it.
I also made a second version that uses a bit more product. I know some people only use 4 x 6 photos and that's just fine. If you're going to do that, just drop two more filler cards in the 3 x 4 slots instead of photos.
It's so easy! But it's also so easy to get overwhelmed when you start a project. Don't make it any harder than it has to be. Drop in your photos, add journaling, and if you have spots left, put in product. But I truly feel that it doesn't have to be any more difficult than that. That's the biggest reason why I stopped designing my own templates and went back to basics this past fall. I was making it too difficult which got in the way of my goal - just get the photos and stories printed.
Let me know if you have any questions! And have fun!