Archive for April 2009

Digital Scrapbooking Layouts - Finding Great Ideas for Layouts

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been scrapbooking for years or you are brand new to the art, finding ideas for great digital scrapbooking layouts is often a chore. No doubt you are often looking for some great designs and layout ideas for your scrapbook. When you’re creating a free scrapbook, no doubt you want all the layouts to be different. So, if you are stumped trying to find digital scrapbooking layouts, here are some great places that you’ll be able to find some great ideas for wonderful layouts that will enhance your scrapbook.

Visit Scrapbook and Craft Stores

When you are looking for great ideas for digital scrapbooking layouts, visiting scrapbook and craft stores is a wonderful idea. You may just think that these places have supplies, but they are a great place to find ideas as well. Check out sample pages in the store. Look at the supplies they offer. You may find some inspiration for that scrapbook page layout for your digital scrapbook at home.

Family and Friends

Family and friends are another place that you can often find great digital scrapbooking layouts ideas as well. If you know people really into scrapbooking, then check with them for ideas. More than likely they will be glad to give you some ideas and show off their scrapbooks to you so you’ll find some more ideas for your own scrapbooks.

Special Scrapbooking Classes

One of the best places to get great ideas for digital scrapbooking layouts is at scrapbooking classes. You can easily find scrapbooking classes in your area. You’ll meet people who enjoy scrapbooking just like you do. This gives you the opportunity to get ideas from many different people and you’ll learn new techniques that can give you more ideas for layouts as well.

Idea Books and Magazines

Of course idea books and magazines can provide you with some excellent ideas for your digital scrapbooking layouts too. Find these books and magazines for some inspiration. No doubt they’ll help you come up with new and exciting ideas for your free scrapbook.

On the Web

The web is full of excellent ideas to help you come up with a unique and special scrapbook page layout. Many digital scrapbooking layouts can be found online. You can use the ones you get online or you can use them to inspire you. Sometimes just looking at other layouts online can help you come up with your own ideas for beautiful digital scrapbooking layouts of your own.

Free Scrapbooking - How to Make a Digital Scrapbook of Your Own

Ever wished that you could scrapbook for free? You can! Free scrapbooking is available today if you decide to go with free digital scrapbooking, which is available online. You’ll find that you can make a digital scrapbook of your own, and the best part of it is that you can do it for free. Does free scrapbooking sound great to you? If so, here’s a closer look at digital scrapbooking and how to make a digital scrapbook of your very own.

The Cons of Conventional Scrapbooking

First of all, it’s important to take a look at some of the cons of conventional scrapbooking. Sure, conventional scrapbooking is a wonderful art and a lot of fun, but there are a few cons, especially when compared to free scrapbooking online. When you learn how to scrapbook traditionally, you’ll end up having to buy papers, tools, stickers, and so much more. All this can really add up and become quite expensive. For this reason, more people are beginning to start digital scrapbooking.

What You’ll Need

So, you may be wondering what you are going to need for your free scrapbooking. Well, it’s pretty simple. Of course you’ll need a computer, which most people already have. You’ll also need a digital camera, a good scanner, software, and a good photo program. There’s a good chance you already have these things in your home. Well, with these items, you can scrapbook over and over again for free.

Rounding Up Photos to Get Started

If you are going to start doing some free scrapbooking, the first thing to do is to start rounding up all of your photos. You’re going to need your favorite photos if you’re going to get involved in free digital scrapbooking. Go around your home and get your important photos. If they are already developed, you can scan them onto your computer. If your picture are on your digital camera, all you’ll need to do is to hook it up to your computer and download them so you can use them for your scrapbook online.

Little Clutter and Little Mess

When you get involved in free scrapbooking digitally, you’ll find that there is little clutter and mess to worry about. You won’t have supplies and tools scattered everywhere. You won’t have a big mess to clean up when you are done. Everything will be on the computer, making it simple for you. You’ll have more time to scrapbook instead of setting up and cleaning up.

Start Sending Your Pages to Others

When you start free scrapbooking online, you can then start sending your pages to others. After you learn how to scrapbook digitally, it’s easy to start putting them on your website, or you can even email your pages as well. This way you get to share your work with others. They’ll enjoy seeing what you’ve created too. So, if free scrapbooking sounds great, why not start out today with free digital scrapbooking online.

Crushing Economy turns me to Digital Scrapbooking

I always enjoyed the art of the digital scrapbook but preferred to put my time and energy into the details of regular scrapbooking. But now that the economy is hitting so hard, I just don’t have the money I used to have to invest in scrapbook pages and scrapbooking crafts. I mean, they really start to add up after awhile and I know I’m not the only one who thinks so!

More and more 99 cent or Dollar stores have started stocking creative scrapbooking supplies to meet the demand of everyone who’s out there making it happen between the book covers, but the quality and cute factor of the pages, stickers and tokens are just not the same as some of the cool things you can find in other stores. Walmart, for example, carries specific packages that are perfect for theme scrapbooking but even Walmart, known for its low prices has gotten a little too expensive, since all my money has to go towards paying off debt and other fun things like bills and gas and ugghh. I’ve realized this blog has taken somewhat of a negative turn so PICTURE A YELLOW FELT SCRAPBOOK PIECE AND PLACE IT ON A LIGHT BLUE PAGE! See, bright and sunny once again. Haha.

I’ve discovered that digital scrapbooking layouts are a lot less expensive to use for my books than purchasing pre-made supplies at the store and there are all sorts of free scrapbooking sites out there that don’t require you to hold the digital software to run their programs. This is certainly appreciated because free digital scrapbooking is a much more cost effective option these days. (I’m also thinking about people who are just learning how to scrapbook, because investing in a lot of expensive scrapbooking tools just isn’t a good idea until you know that it’s something that holds your passion.)

Anyway. I like digital scrapbooking enough that it’s an easy transition for the time being but I also know that when I can afford it again, I’ll never stop with the regular scrapbooking.

Scrapbooking layout in less than 5 Minutes!

Well I don’t know about you but I spend most of my time thinking about how and where I am going to position things on my scrapbook layouts.

Some times I pick the photo’s first then I look through all my scrapbook supplies and come up with some matching scapbooking card stock and some scrapbooking embellishments then I move it all around the page several times over until I’m happy with the layout and finally I glue it all in place.

Other times I simply have a theme or color that I’m working with and I look for pictures to match them. So I go through the whole layout quandary again until I come up with a scrapbook page that I’m happy with then I finally glue it in place.

This whole exercise for me takes at least 15 minutes per page and I have been scrapbooking for years.

So when I decided to see if I could find any quick scrapbookers and I came across this great YouTube Video that I thought you might like so enjoy.

Have fun Scrapbooking.

Digital Scrapbook - Top Terms to Know When Digital Scrapbooking

Planning to create your own digital scrapbook? If so, it’s important that you not online know how to scrapbook digitally, but that you know some of the important terms that are used for digital scrapbooking. When you are just getting started, you may not recognize some of the terms that you find surrounding this type of scrapbooking. So, here is a look at some of the top terms to know when you start to create your own digital scrapbook.

Term #1 - Quick Album - This is an album that only has pages in it that are simple to use. You only have to add in a photo or two and a bit of journaling and it’s all done. If you want a fast digital scrapbook, this may be the way to go.

Term #2 - Alphabets - Many people think that alphabets for a digital scrapbook actually refer to the type of typing. Actually these are letters that stand alone, just like a letter sticker does in traditional scrapbooking.

Term #3 - Fonts - Fonts are different than alphabets. The font is actually a type of text that you can choose. Usually they are on your computer already and they can be used with software programs when you have to type in the text.

Term #4 - File Formats - File formats for a digital scrapbook have to do with the format that a picture is saved in or a document is saved in. A JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group, which is a special time of format that includes image compression. PDF files are files that are for Adobe Acrobat. Then you have PNG files, which stands for Portable Network Graphic. They replace and make better the .gif files, and they can be used in various programs.

Term #5 - Freebie - This refers to items available for free for your digital scrapbook. It could be an entire digital scrapbooking kit or it may just be one element to use in the scrapbook. Sometimes you’ll have to have an account to get the freebie, while other places allow you to download for free by just giving them your email.

Term #6 - Hybrids - This is simply a digital scrapbook that is printed out and then put together in a physical scrapbook.

Term #7 - Piracy - Piracy refers to copying and using kits, products, and elements without permission.

Term #8 - Resolution - Resolution deals with the resolution of a graphic, such as pixels per inch or dots per inch, which can be important when creating a digital scrapbook. When you want to print your scrapbook, going with 300 dpi resolution is going to be the best.

Term #9 - Templates - Templates merely refer to the layout patterns for the digital scrapbook. Many sites provide great templates to help you create backgrounds of your own.

These are just a few of the important terms to keep in mind when you want to know how to scrapbook digitally. Armed with these terms, creating your own digital scrapbook will be much easier. So, before you start your own digital scrapbook, learn these terms. You’ll find the process gets much easier when you know the important terms.

I hope that the tips help.

Hve fun Scrapbooking.


Torn Between Two Loves of Scrapbooking

I’m sure that I’m not the only one out there with a dirty little secret, so I’ll just say it – I’m torn between two loves! Regular scrapbooking and digital scrapbooking both have my heart and they are two pleasures that are both equally beautiful, divinely complicated and oh, consume so much time.

It’s the time factor that always gets me busted. It’s not like I can lie to my paper scrapbooks about where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing for so long. They can see it in my eyes that I’ve spent days creating some form of artistic magic with a digital scrapbook… and I can just see them get insecure. Sigh.

Well, maybe monogamy is more than it’s been cracked up to or maybe I just need to accept that it is possible to have and nurture two loves. Maybe polygamy really hasn’t gone out of style just yet because all of these internet programs (like the Prima Hybrid collection) keep popping up, making it possible to marry digital scrapbooks and my original love. Thanks to this, I can create really cool scrapbook pages or digital scrapbooking layouts, print them out and go to town with old-school scrapbooking crafts.

But marrying these two isn’t a perfect system and I don’t know if it every will be.

I certainly haven’t mastered the art of smashing Web 2.0 and all of its video downloading magic into that collection of creative scrapbooking that sits up on my shelf. And for that collection of books that sits up on my shelf, I still haven’t been able to figure out how to scan everything (beaded “It’s a girl!” Bracelet, case in point) into my jump drive in case mold sets in or my house catches on fire or any of those other little free scrapbooking horror films that play in my mind. But until digital and real scrapbooking truly become one, I’m pretty happy with the option to have both.

Does that make me morally reprehensible? Well, that’s a title I’m just going to have to accept. Maybe I’ll scrapbook about it…

Conventional and Digital Scrapbooks - Great Scrapbooking Papers for Your Pages

Creating a scrapbook is a wonderful idea. It allows you to have a great time while creating your own memory book to keep for the years to come. Whether creating digital scrapbooks or conventional ones, you are going to need great templates and papers for the pages. Having great papers for your pages is important to the beauty of your scrapbook. So, how do you ensure you get great scrapbooking papers? Here’s a closer look at scrapbooking papers for your scrapbooking pages, whether they are for conventional or digital scrapbooks.

Types of Scrapbooking Paper Available
When you are creating digital scrapbooks or even conventional scrapbooks, you’ll find that there are many different types of scrapbooking papers that are available. Great papers are the building blocks for your scrapbooking templates. The papers available can help you to personalize your scrapbook and allow your personality to shine through. When you’re buying actual traditional papers, you’ll find that there is card stock, patterned papers, and so much more. Online papers are available for scrapbooking digitally too.

Considerations When Purchasing Papers
When you purchase papers for digital scrapbooks or traditional ones, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. First of all, it’s important that you consider the quality of the papers. Since they’ll be creating your scrapbooking pages, good quality is essential. For traditional papers, ensure that your papers have a long shelf life. You don’t want them to discolor over time and you need to ensure that they aren’t going to damage your pictures either.

Customizing your Papers
Customizing the papers for your digital scrapbooks is a great idea. Traditional papers for traditional scrapbooks can be customized as well. After all, you’ll want to personalize the papers that you have for great scrapbooking templates. You can combine different papers for a great look or you can use whole punches or stickers for personalization as well.

Digital Scrapbooking Paper
Of course digital scrapbooking paper is quite popular today with all those creating digital scrapbooks. The great thing is that you can create so many different options when going with digital papers. You won’t have to pay for them or even store them. Not only can they be used for your digital scrapbooks, but you can print these papers for use in your traditional scrapbook as well. So, creating your own papers digitally is definitely a wonderful idea.

Creative Scrapbooking - Important Supplies Every Scrapbooker Needs

When it comes to creative scrapbooking, there are just some supplies that you should never be without. While there are many different scrapbooking tools and supplies out there today, there are certain supplies that you should always have on hand for the basics. Whether you are an advanced scrapbooker or just learning how to scrapbook, here’s a look at some creative scrapbooking supplies that every scrapbooker needs.

Permanent Waterproof Pens

Scrapbooking Freindly Pens - Permanent waterproof pens are a must if you are going to do any creative scrapbooking. They are one of the most basic supplies to have on hand and are great for a variety of different things. Just ensure that they are permanent as well as waterproof. You should ensure that they won’t fade either. You can find them with both bold tips and fine tips. Some of the colors to choose from include red, blue, purple, black, green, pink, orange, and brown. They are great for adding journaling on the pages of your scrapbooking.

Pen for Photo Labeling

Scrapbooking Friendly Pens for photo labeling are also a must when you plan on doing creative scrapbooking. It’s one of the simpler scrapbooking tools, yet very important. They safe for you to use on the backs of your pictures. This way you can remember things about the picture, such as the date, the people in the picture, and where you were when the picture was taken.

Acid Free Papers

Scrapbooking Papers are important for creative scrapbooking. However, when you are choosing these papers, make sure that they are acid free. They should be lignin free as well. This is especially important if you want to use photos with the papers. Anything with acid or lignin in it could end up causing damage to your picture, which is something that you want to avoid.

Albums for Scrapbooking

Of course you’ll need to have some nice albums for scrapbooking as well. Once you finish the pages you are working on, you’ll want a great scrapbooking album that you can put them in to display your creative scrapbooking. You’ll find many different sizes when it comes to albums. Make sure you choose one that your pages are going to fit in. Various colors are available as well, so pick out albums that go with the theme of your scrapbook.

Plastic Page Protectors

Going with scrapbooking plastic page protectors is important to protect the pages you make when doing creative scrapbooking. You’ll simply put your pages inside of the page protectors. This way they are safe for people to touch and safe in case of a spill. You don’t want your work to be damaged and these protectors can make sure this doesn’t happen.

These are just a few of the basics and most important items to have for creative scrapbooking. So, if you plan on learning how to scrapbook, make sure you have them on hand. Even if you’re an old pro at creative scrapbooking, always make sure you have these items available.

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Cutting Tools

These days you can find amazing tools and are few are essentials such as a basic trimmer and scissors.  I also Highly recommend the Fiskars Shape Cutter once you know how to use the Fiskars Shape Cutter properly it will make cutting out intricate shapes and designs sooo much simpler.

Scrapbooking Companion

I reference guide that will help and support you is also really important I suggest Scrapbooking Companion as they have a great satisfaction guarantee.

Have fun Scrapbooking.

Digital Scrapbooking - What is Scrapbooking All About?

More than likely you have heard about digital scrapbooking; however, you may not be sure what it is all about. Why are so many people so involved in free digital scrapbooking today? Well, once you realize what scrapbooking is all about, you’ll figure out why digital scrapbooking is becoming more and more popular. Here’s a look at some of the things that scrapbooking is all about.


Protecting Pictures and Memories

When it comes to digital scrapbooking, one thing it’s about is protecting all those pictures and memories that you have. You can take pictures and put them onto your scrapbooking pages and have them for generations. Years down the road you’ll be able to take a look at these pictures in your scrapbook and all those memories will come back to you again.


Staying Connected Through Life

Digital scrapbooking is also about staying connected through life. There are many things that happen in your life. You meet many people, go many place, and experience you many things. These are not things you want to forget. Scrapbooking gives you the ability to stay connected with your past and all the things that you go through.


Remembering Accomplishments

Your accomplishments in life are important. Scrapbooking is about recording all of those accomplishments that you make throughout your life. Not only will you be able to remember your accomplishments with digital scrapbooking, but scrapbooking actually gives you a sense of accomplishment as well, especially when you finish a page or an entire scrapbook.


Getting Creative

Scrapbooking, including digital scrapbooking and traditional scrapbooking, is all about getting creative. It’s a wonderful way that you can let your creativity out. With each of the scrapbook pages you create, you are creating something beautiful and exciting. It’s actually a form of artwork that you get to create.


Being Sentimental

Of course sentiment is a big part of digital scrapbooking as well. After all, there are probably many things that you are very sentimental about. You get to add them to your scrapbook so you can hold on to them forever.


Recording Your Own History

Recording your own history is another aspect of digital scrapbooking. For years scrapbooking has been a method of recording history. With the free digital scrapbooking that is available today, it’s easier than ever to keep track of your history and record it so it can be passed on to your kids and their kids as well.


So, as you can see, there is a whole lot to digital scrapbooking. Scrapbooking is about so many things. From memories to recording your own history, why not get started in digital scrapbooking yourself. You’ll be sure to enjoy everything it has to

A History of Scrapbooking - From Offline to Digital Scrapbooking

Today we have digital scrapbooking, and more and more people are starting to use that method of scrapbooking. However, scrapbooking wasn’t always that way. While you may think of a digital scrapbook when talk of scrapbooking comes up, it didn’t start there. Scrapbooking has been around for hundreds of years in different forms, and it’s definitely interesting to take a look at the history. Here’s a look at the history of this art, from early scrapbooking to digital scrapbooking today.



Used to Record Information

In the beginning during the 15th century, long before digital scrapbooking ever came along, scrapbooks had the name common place books. They were basically used as a way to record various kinds of information. Things that they often contained were prayers, poems, medical information, and even weights. Often students used them as well for recording important information that they would learn. Recipes, illustrations, and articles were eventually added.



Victorian Memory Books and Friendship Albums

Later on during the Victorian times, these books existed as memory books and they were often called friendship albums as well. Often these books were used to keep hair, scraps, writing, cards, poetry, photos, and more. They were a way of sharing their memories and keeping them for years, just as digital scrapbooking is used today.


Famous Scrapbookers


Through the years, there have been many different famous scrapbookers. Long before we even thought about digital scrapbooking, Mark Twain was scrapbooking. In fact, each Sunday he would scrapbook all day. He actually would sell them as well, through the store known as Montgomery Ward. Another famous person to keep a book much like a scrapbook was Thomas Jefferson. He had leather books that he kept news clippings, leaves, drawings, and other important memories in.



The 80’s and 90’s Scrapbooking Movement

It really wasn’t until the 80s and the 90s that scrapbooking really began to get popular. This was the time when it really picked up, especially in the United States. More and more supplies and tools became available, and sales rocketed. However, digital scrapbooking didn’t really become popular until late 90s or even later.



Digital Scrapbooking Today

Today there are many people who are involved in digital scrapbooking instead of traditional scrapbooking. People find it easier and cheaper to get involved in digital scrapbooking, especially with all the free digital scrapbooking sites that are now available. It is definitely very interested to learn where scrapbooking has come from and how it has all evolved through the years to what we have today.


I don’t know about you but I still love the traditional Scrapbooking.

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