Kristi is new to all of this and has started her blog out with a bang, a really nice set of papers. Go check her site out and give her some love!
For those that are new to designing can check out my Gimp Tuts site. Many of these tuts can be followed on other programs once you have drove past the learning curve. I have tips for designing on there too. Feel free to add some in the comments section if you wish.