In PSE, you’ll want to have your default preferences set to some things that are standard in Digital Scrapbooking. In the preferences menu (which, on my mac are under the PSE menu, preferences – this is likely different on windows)
Check the boxes for Allow Floating documents, Zoom with Scroll Wheel (if your mouse has a scroll wheel) and Select move tool after committing text). If you’re familiar with PSE, or after you become familiar, you may want to turn off the Tool Tips. This option will give basic how-to as you’re learning.
You will also want to make sure that your Units & Rulers are set to inches and that the print and view resolutions are at 300 and 72. (If you use different measurements, set them to what you use).
And, with that, the basic preferences are set and will make using PSE easier for your digital scrapbooking needs!