Digital Scrapbooking – Is It For You?

I’m quite sure you’ve come across a number of digital scrapbooking layouts by now. Maybe you’re even wondering if it’s for you. Well, one big attraction about digi scrapping is that it allows you to achieve near perfection.

With digital scrapping or computerized scrapbooking, digital scrapbookers mainly use digital elements to help them create page layouts with their computers.

By using computer technology, you hold the “magic wand” of erasing away your mistakes by redoing it over and over again. You never have to worry about ruining your journaling text, tearing your pretty cardstock the wrong way, or simply mucking up the whole layout. You just redo, as many times as you like, to get the look the exact way you want it.

And if you’re a perfectionist, you can seek perfection where you usually can’t achieve that with traditional paper scrapbooking.

With paper scrapbooking, bigger mistakes are much harder to cover up. This limitation is taken away in digital scrapbooking.

What other blessings come with digital scrapbooking?

Obviously, quite a couple.

Digital layout about my sister Nicole and me over the years.

The Goodness of Digi Scrapping

  • You have more options of what to do with completed digital layouts. You can choose to print out your digital layouts and slot them into scrapbook albums like in paper scrapbooking. Or you can save the layouts online, share them through online galleries, or even send them out as email attachments.
  • You can even reduce done up 12″x12″ digital layouts into 8″x8″ or 6″x6″sizes, and print them out as beautiful gifts to your grandparents!
  • You won’t be limited by the standards of store-bought embellishments or page accents. You own the freedom to recolor, resize. reuse or reprint digital elements as often as you need to.
  • Clearly you’re aware that each time you paper scrapbook, things will be all over the place. Imagine no more having to frantically clear away the dining table to make way for dinner. There’s no mess and basically nothing much to clear up. Nearly everything is done on the computer itself.
  • If you already own a computer and the necessary printing capabilities, digital scrapbooking is generally less costly than paper scrapbooking. And you can print out numerous copies of the same scrapbook layout and the cost is only the cost of reprinting.
  • If you’re feeling lazy, you can find a near-finished Quick Page like I’ve done with my layout below “This Life Is Yours”. All I did was just to plop down my photo, add in a quote and details like date and place, and I’m done!

Are you tempted by the advantages of digital scrapping now?

I know I am. But I’m just getting my feet wet with traditional paper scrapbooking! For the moment, I’ll file this away as something I’ll venture onto in the near future. Meantime, let me have fun with paper scrapbooking.

Somehow, all the measuring, cutting, pasting and even the clearing up, yes, even the clearing up soothe me and give me a sense of satisfaction. Not forgetting to mention I love to run my fingers over the textures of my paper layouts. :-)

Update 2007:

Digital layout of my niece Claire going crazy over hair pins.

I’ve started digital scrapping in July 2007. Once I started, I couldn’t stop! It’s so fun downloading digital kits and creating layouts instantly. There’s so many, many yummy designs out there and there’s no mess to clear up!

And if I didn’t like the end result, I just went back to redo or make changes fairly easily. The above layout is among my first creations. It’s really fun and rather addictive.

Oh, the drawback is that I don’t print them out as I don’t have a 12 x 12 printer to do so. So the layouts all sit on my computer. But… I can now easily upload it to email to my friends or put it up on a blog! You can read about my experiences with using digital scrapbooking softwares by clicking here. Check out more of my digital layouts here.

Update 2008:

Digital layout of a woman looking happy.

I’ve been digi-scrapping for months now. There’s still tons that I don’t know and many sites I’ve not discovered. Too many things to do, and so little time!

I have a few favorite sites that I’ve been visiting constantly for downloading of freebies and I’ve already spilled the beans on them in the pages listed as links above.

But no… I’m not ready to spend many hours again to dig thousands of sites for the best digital scrapbook information or the best digital freebies sites… I want more time to digi-scrap myself! ;)

So you bet I’m thrilled when Scrapbook.com released their newest e-Book and it’s aptly named “The Secret Guide to Digital Scrapbooking”.

Soon after its release, I grabbed a copy of it. This 50-pages e-Book is the resource I go to now whenever I need to look for extra tutorials, more quality digital freebie sites, solid software recommendations on programs that I’ve not tried or didn’t know of, links to Quick Pages which can be such a time-saver, and more.

Of course, I recognized a few of my favorite sites listed there, but there’s quite a number more that I didn’t already know of. One has to spend tons of hours to come up with such a resource book. It definitely helped that Scrapbook.com has a resourceful digital team who spent hundreds of hours over a few months to come up with this resource book for us.

Now I don’t have to waste time searching for the best, quality digital scrapping sites, instead I can have these links in a matter of seconds! Time for me to do more digital scrapbooking!

Click here to get your own copy for immediate download now!

Be it digital or paper scrapbooking, you’ll need lots of easy and free page ideas as a beginner, so hop over to my collection of 50 simple scrapbooking ideas.

Credits:

Being Sisters
Patterned papers: Ray of Light Solids by Fei-fei’s Stuff
Flowers: Earth Day Elements by Raspberry Road Designs
Alphas: Title: Segoe Script & Avenir 85 Heavy; Dates: Avenir 85 Heavy; Text: Avenir 45 Book

Sketch: Creative Sketches Volume 2 by Becky Higgins

Hair Pins Crazy
Color scheme: Cherry Cheesecake from kuler.adobe.com
Embellishments: Echoes of Asia by Jessica Sprague downloaded from www.creatingkeepsakes.com
Title: Action is JL downloaded from PaperCraft Essential’s 110 Free Fonts CD
Fonts: 2peas Scrapbook downloaded from www.twopeasinabucket.com; Times New Roman from Microsoft Word

This Life Is Yours
Quick Page: Walking on Sunshine by Amanda Thorderson Designs
Alpha: Arial for text; MA Sexy for date and location

 

4 comments for “Digital Scrapbooking – Is It For You?

  1. Lisa Hart
    June 12, 2016 at 3:09 am

    Thank you for your tips and ideas. Since I’m new to this I have a question. I’m making a scrapbook for my 6 yr. old little girl. What I want to do is print up a background with the picture and the journal section, then attach it to the card stock and add the embellishments. I need to know what type of paper should I use? Should it be photo paper or should I print up the background and journal on a different type of paper than the photo? Thanks so much.

    Lisa hart

    • Fion
      June 12, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Hi Lisa,

      If you’re looking at creating everything digitally, then you can simply print out your whole scrapbook layout on photo paper. Then you can get a scrapbook album and slot your completed layouts into the page protectors.

      You can also choose to do hybrid scrapbooking, where part of your layout is done digitally and you mix it with adding the traditional paper scrapping. As you’ve mentioned, you can choose to print out your background that already has your photo and your journaling included onto photo paper. Then you adhere this print to your cardstock and add embellishments to it.

      Another way would be to print your background with your photo onto photo paper, and adhere it to your cardstock. Then you can write your journaling directly onto the cardstock. Or you can print out/handwrite your journaling onto another piece of cardstock and adhere this to your background cardstock. Then add your embellishments.

      You can try out any of these methods and see which method appeals to you more. There’s no fixed way to doing it, so just give it a go and get started in creating your scrapbook for your little girl! :)

  2. Pierce Katherine
    October 24, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Recording memories is a fascinating and satisfying hobby that will be exquisite for a lifetime. One of the most cherished aspects of scrapbooking is sharing your designs with others.

    • Fion
      October 27, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Hi Pierce Katherine,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts about scrapbooking! :)

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