Digital Scrapbooking to Learn
Here is a great example of using digital scrapbooking in school work. Digital scrapbooking can be very motivating. Reluctant writers do better journaling a scrapbook page over writing a book report and some children thrive on working in digital or art environment.
Not only is a biography like this is fun to make and share but the student is also learning design and layout that can be valuable in several areas in the work force or home business!
Here the journaling is a simple time line of Mark Twain’s life.
Students don’t need to write pages of information to learn. Summaries take thought and consideration. One must know how to coherently and succinctly identify the major points. A summary clarifies the main points of an idea, theory, plan, goal or event.
The quotes gives an idea of Twain’s personality.
More pages or more journaling could be added for more information. You could create an entire scrapbook on a person, event, or time period!
Imagine a scrapbook of pages like the one above documenting your child’s school work.
Where to Get the Supplies?
Free Photos and Clip Art
The art for this project came from a Google image search. Just right click on an image to save to your computer.There are also hundreds of free clip art sites available.
School reports come under the “Fair Use” doctrine.When using the photograph/image for a school report (non-commercial purposes) it is perfectly acceptable to reprint an image.
Free Digital Scrapbook Kits
There are dozens of Digital Scrapbook Stores online and hundreds of free downloads available. If you plan on adding digital scrapbooking to your homeschool you should start building a “stash” pf papers and embellishments.
The Mark Twain page was made with Desert Sunrise kit. On sale now for $2.49. Add to cart
Larger view (not all papers shown)
You can scrapbook Bible, art, history, science, almost anything. Here is a sample Nature Walk from Desert Sunset papers.
We are working on academic digital scrapbook kits now. Click for examples.
You need a Photo Editing Program to digital scrapbook. Examples of these are Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Ulead Photoimpact, and Microsoft Digital Image Pro. Google’s Picasa is a great, free program to edit photos as well.
I recommend Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 (Win/Mac) it is $79 at Amazon. There are hundreds of video tutorials online that will teach you or your student how to digital scrapbook using Photoshop Elements.
If you don’t want to spend this kind of money you can try Gimp to scrapbook FREE!
Digital Scrapbooking with Photoshop Elements Video Tutorials