It's easy for the beginner and the advanced user can do such amazing things with the same tools. All you have to do is look at her layouts on her blog to see the beauty that can be created with these things. Check her out. She could use the encouragement as she begins her adventure in designing. A kind word goes a long way and costs nothing so stop by her FB page and give her a shout out.
Her blog page with her beautiful layouts
Her fb page