Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What is digital scrapbooking?

For those of you who are curious about learning more about digital scrapbooking and making layouts like this one that I posted previously:

Here are the basics:
What is digital scrapbooking? 
It is a  a form of scrapbooking that is done using a computer, digital or scanned photos and computer software. It's a relatively new form of the traditional print scrapbooking.

What do I use digital scrapbook layouts for? 
Once a kit has been download to your computer, it can then be used over and over again to make scrapbook pages (scrapbook layouts) within the software program that you choose to use.

What are the advantages to digital scrapbooking?

My personal favorite the magical UNDO button. (CTRL+Z or Command+Z) 

This means not destroying your expensive supplies or photos when trying new layouts that don't work. (Wish I had an undo button in my kitchen today!)
There is no waste, everything digital is reusable, which also means you can use the elements in unlimited ways.
For example, you can create layouts to share with friends on Facebook, blogs, or other social media.
Create desktop pictures, iphone wallpaper, cards, and more.
No mess to clean up.
No room completely taken over with traditional scrapbook supplies.
You can scrapbook anywhere you can carry your laptop.
Super easy to pick up where you left off, just save your work and go. No need for cleaning up or getting everything out again.
Not having only one book to pass down when you have more than one child because you do the layouts once and print multiple copies.
Not losing all your memories in a hurricane, earthquake or other natural disaster or because a toddler spilled kool-aid on it. You can make copies of your scrapbook layouts and back it up on CD's, HD's or online with free services like box.net.
You can print your layouts on durable archival photo paper a few layouts at a time, or submit your files to have them bound in a book. I recommend Persnickety Prints.
Digital scrapbooking takes less time and you can stay caught up.
Less stress since you can experiment without costly supplies being ruined.
No last minute trips to the craft store because you can find everything online 24 hours a day.
You can scrapbook anywhere you can carry your laptop.
Here is a link to a free kit 
that I posted a while ago that will only be available til Sept. 15, 2011 
Happy digi scrapping!

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