Crafters love traditional scrapbooking! Through scrapbooking, you can create something beautiful and physical, a piece of artwork, really, that’s filled with memories for yourself and your loved ones, something to be cherished for now and for future generations. Scrapbooking allows you to express your creativity while keeping you connected to the people, places and experiences of your life.
Let’s face it – what’s not to love about traditional scrapbooking?
But, I’m here to put in some good words about the latest take on scrapbooking – digital scrapbooking! I’ve tried my hand at digital scrapbooking and I’ve come to really enjoy it. In fact, I have to admit, I’ve come to love the digital version of scrapbooking as much, if not more, than the more traditional type. I’m here to tell you why I love digital scrapbooking and to encourage you to give it a try.
The first reason I enjoy digital scrapbooking is because I’m already digital when I’m photographing! Like many scrapbookers, I use a digital camera to take my photographs and I store these digital photos on my computer’s hard drive. So, when I’m doing digital scrapbooking, my photos are already there on my computer! And, I can make copies of my digital photos at the click of a button. So, I never have to worry about getting copies of my photos made or messing up that copy.
Adobe Photoshop Elements
I use image editing software to correct, resize and ‘tidy up’ my digital photos. That means that I already own the most important tool I need to create beautiful digital scrapbooking pages – Adobe Photoshop Elements 9
Anything else I might need I can easily and quickly purchase online and download directly to my computer. No waiting! I don’t have to leave the house to run to the craft store. So, if I’m in the mood to scrapbook, but there’s no one to watch the kids while I’ run out, it’s not a problem! I can get whatever I need in minutes online. How handy is that?
Re-do, Reuse, Re-create
But, the ability to re-do, reuse and re-create is probably my biggest reason for loving digital scrapbooking.
When I’m working on a digital page, I can experiment to my heart’s content without messing up my photos, my paper, or my embellishments. Even if I crop or resize my image and I later change my mind, I can always begin again with a fresh copy.
And, I can make multiple pages using the same digital backgrounds, frames, embellishments, whatever, without having to buy multiples of that element. Since everything is digital, I can use my single copy of that element as many times as I like. No more standing around the craft store trying to figure out how many times I’m going to want to use a particular sticker! I can use it as many times as I’d like in the digital world.
And, finally, sharing my scrapbook is so easy when it’s digital! And, when my scrapbook is in a digital format, there are options for sharing hat I just don’t have when the scrapbook is the traditional kind.
With a digital scrapbook, it’s easy to print my scrapbook several times, to give as gifts or keepsakes to Grandmothers, Aunts, and friends. I can also easily change the size of the scrapbook that I print. Let’s say that I’ve just created an amazing scrapbook. I print out copies for both Grandmothers, but I also would like to have a smaller version to carry around in my purse. No problem when the scrapbook is digital!
I can even send my scrapbook out to a professional printer to have it turned into a beautiful, bound coffee book.
Lastly, I can share my digital scrapbook pages online just as I would any other digital image. There are lots of online photo galleries available on the web, many of them free. There, I can upload my scrapbook pages for all of my friends and family to see and admire.
So, let’s face it – what’s not to love about digital scrapbooking?
About the Author
Post by By Mary Kenkel. At ScrappyDigits, we make Digital Scrapbooking fun and easy! If you’re new to digital scrapbooking, our Learning Center has tutorial videos to help get you started. So, stop by our site and sign up for our newsletter to receive lots of great digital scrapbooking freebies!