By Gracie Madsen
An increasingly popular alternative to traditional paper scrapbooking is digital scrapbooking. Digital scrapbooking can be a much more affordable option than buying traditional supplies and tools. Plus, with digital scrapbooking, you can really streamline the process of scrapbooking by eliminating lengthy set up and clean up efforts, leaving more time for actually working on your pages. Scrapbooking is a fantastic hobby! It’s fun and relaxing, plus you’re creating a record of your family’s memories for years to come. The only downsides are that it can quickly get very expensive, and of course it takes a lot of time to do!
There’s no doubt about it. Traditional paper scrapbooking is expensive. All those papers, albums and embellishments really add up! You could easily be spending hundreds or even thousands on your hobby. Plus, there’s this little thing called “time”. We never have enough of it! Just getting out your scrapbook supplies and organizing your desk can really zap your creativity!
The first thing you’ll need to do is get yourself a digital scrapbooking software program. It’ll cost you less than what you’re used to spending on just a handful of paper scrapbooking tools and supplies. And the best news is that it will come with thousands of reusable digital embellishments, papers, backgrounds, and shapes that you can combine with your photos to make beautiful scrapbooking pages.
You want to pick a digital scrapbook program that has a good balance between ease of use and advanced features. You want something that you can easily get started with, but then grow into the advanced features as you get more confident. There are a number of different software choices out there, and they’re definitely not all the same. I’d suggest that you search for scrapbooking software that has a free trial version for download on their website. It’s always best to try before you buy!
The scrapbooking software you choose should come with an intuitive interface. You should be able to add, resize, rotate, and move everything you see on your page – just like you’re working with scissors and paper. There should also be options to add fancy bendable text to your pages, adjust the colours of your embellishments and photos, and even apply image effects and shadows.
The biggest concern that most traditional paper scrapbookers have with digital scrapbooking, is that the results won’t be as personal or “real” as a regular paper scrapbook. However, the truth is that the best digital scrapbooking software programs let you output your pages in a variety of digital formats, plus a variety of print formats!
In fact, digital scrapbooking is a great way to make a real, physical keepsake. With a few mouse-clicks, you can make high-quality prints of your scrapbook pages on your home printer. You can even create attractive photo albums and hardbound photobooks. Plus, unlike with traditional paper scrapbooking, you can share your digital scrapbook pages as images through email, or on websites and blogs. You can even make multimedia slideshows and movies. Your sharing options are greatly increased by switching to digital scrapbooking.
So, why not give digital scrapbooking a try? You’ll still get the creative feel and satisfying results of traditional paper scrapbooking, plus all the benefits of a digital scrapbooking: affordability, ease of use, and lots of ways to share your memories with friends and family.