February 8, 2012

What is Digital Scrapbooking?

What is digital scrapbooking? I get this question a lot from my friends and family. I thought that maybe I should explain it to them and to some of you who might stumble upon the world of digital scrapbooking and not quite understand what it's all about.

Let me start from a traditional scrapbooking point of view because most people kind of understand what scrapbooking is (I think?!?). You have your printed photos. You have your paper. You have your elements (buttons, ribbons, anything that you can use to embellish your page and give it a personal touch). You lay out your page. You cut, paste, journal, add a title, etc.... You preserve those memories in a creative and meaningful way. It's the same for digital scrapbooking except you go about it a little bit differently. You have your digital photos (not printed out). You go shopping on-line for a digital supplies (paper, elements, ribbons, buttons, etc...), you download your digital supplies, and you put together your page with a digital scrapbooking software. Oh and digital scrapbooking products can be JUST as beautiful and real looking as traditional scrapbooking products.  I use Photoshop but there are other programs out there. Creative Memories has a digital scrapbooking software called Storybook Creator (my newer templates will work with their software!). There's also My Memories Suite. I did a review of their software. You can read more about it here (my templates won't work with this software, bummer). There are several more out there but I suggest you review them and see what you think you might want to work with. I have used most of them and my favorite is Photoshop. It's very versatile and you can get scrapbook pages that look real! I believe you can download a trial version of Photoshop Elements 10. You could try it out and see if you like it. You might look at the price (about $80) and think it's too expensive BUT believe me you will be saving money in the long run. For instance, the kit and the template I bought (below) can be used OVER and OVER and OVER again. If I use the red paper and I need another red paper I can just use the same one again! Understand? So I could spend $10 on supplies and make a 50 page book if I wanted to, and that's ALL I've spent to make that album (plus printing but more about that below). Pretty cool, huh?

So let me show you the steps. I have this photo that I really want to scrap. Isn't she just too cute? She made a letter E for her sister out of legos. I would say that's pretty good for a 4 year old! Definitely scrapbook material.

Instead of printing the picture I'll just leave it on my computer or my EHD. Now I'll do a little shopping (this is the fun part). I can go shopping right from the comfort of my own couch at midnight if I want to, and find the perfect paper and elements to help me preserve this memory. Seriously, you can find ALL kinds of things in the digital scrapbooking world. There are several digital scrapbooking stores on the world wide web but my favorite is Scrap Orchard ;)

So I go shopping and find this perfect kit by Laura Banasiak. It has everything I need to make a scrapbook page except maybe a template (this is my specialty).

You don't have to have a template to digital scrapbook but it makes it so much easier and faster (my personal opinion)! So I found a perfect template to use with my pic.

It's from my Recyclables 6 set. I'm going to use the template in the top left hand corner (perfect for one photo).

After I purchase them I'll download the kits to my computer, and within minutes I'll have all the pretty papers, elements and templates ready to scrap with. No printing required, no making a trip to the store to buy supplies, no getting off my couch...what could be more perfect?!?

So I have my photo, my kit, my template and now I can start scrapping. You may need some help to get started and that's where tutorials are very helpful. You can find LOTS of FREE tutorials online. In fact I have a whole bunch right here. I also have a bunch of freebies if you would like to try out some of my stuff.

So I've taken the stuff I bought, opened up Photoshop, and I will scrapbook as I would traditionally but with no mess to clean up afterwards. That's my kind of style. I place my paper and photo where I want them. In this case I'm using a template so I just use the magic keys Ctrl+alt +g and my papers and photos magically "clip" to just the right size on my template. See a tutorial here.

So this is what I've done with the papers, photo and elements. Pretty cool, right?

I'm sure your next question is going to be about printing the pages, because everyone wants to know if, how, and where I print my digital scrapbook pages. I print my pages from Persnickety Prints for .99cents a page. That's a pretty sweet deal and they look awesome. If you want some examples of printed pages just take a look here. I'm going to tell you that as soon as I show somebody my printed pages they are SOLD on digital scrapbooking. They really do look real. I'm not joking. 

You may also want to check out the Daily Digi's (one of my go to digital scrapbooking blogs) Free Digital Scrapbooking Manual. It'll answer even more of your questions.

I hope this has helped you understand a little bit more what digital scrapbooking is. Now share it with your friends because really, it is pretty awesome.


LifeAsDINKers (Ava-J) said...

Awesome explanation Liz and dead-on too! I'm sure a lot of new scrappers will be inspired to take on the crazy-fun world of digi-scrap. :)

Wendy said...

Love it!

Gemma* said...

So when you print your layouts, do print on gloss or matt . . . I've had a few printed but they still tend to look flat!

Liz said...

What a wonderful way to explain what digital scrapbooking is! Love it. I also love PSE and I prnt with

I am eager to help people get started with Free premade scrapbook pages - I would love to know what you think!

Scrapping With Liz said...

Gemma-I usually do matte. Where do you usually print?

Liz-I think that's a great way to start. That's how I got hooked!

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