Digital scrapbooking

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(Kit is “Be Merry” Digital kit by Cherie Mask from Two Peas in a Bucket. I didn’t use a lot of it because I didn’t want the background picture of our cookies to be hidden)

Susan asked if digital scrapping is easy. Personally, I think it is, but that may be just me.

All you need is a program you can edit the photos and backgrounds/elements with, the digital sets/backgrounds/elements/etc, and a place to have them printed. Well, and a book to put them in.

Personally, I prefer digital. It’s so much easier (and faster!) than cropping and cutting by hand. I also love that photos are easily resized. Digital is great because you can just click and drag things around, and if something doesn’t fit, then just resize it. I can do a digital layout in a half hour (or less, if I already know what digital set I’m going to use with it), and it’s much fancier than I ever was able to do with paper. It’s also nice to just click “Save” and be able to walk away from it, without leaving the dining room table an absolute mess.

The program I use is Photoshop Elements. I already had a copy on my computer, and it’s wonderful. I’m not sure I would go out and buy it just to scrap with, but that’s more because I like to keep costs down as much as possible.

There are tons of free digital sets around the internet. There’s even more that you can purchase, but the free ones have been more than sufficient for my needs. Here are my favorites:

ShabbyPrincess.com – hands-down my favorite. Free sets here, stuff for sale here.

Two Peas in a Bucket – digi kits here. Sort price low to high and all the free ones are first.

Scrap Girls

DigiScrapDepot.com

For printing, there’s a ton of places out there too. I haven’t used any of them, though Scrapbooks Please looks really reasonable. The books I mentioned in my last post I had printed at Office Depot as color copies on card stock. It suited my needs for that particular project, but for a traditional book I’d get it printed on photo paper.

So there you have it. A long answer to Susan’s simple question. :O)

3 thoughts on “Digital scrapbooking

  1. Ohhhh, thanks, Melody!!! So you have to have some program like Photoshop? The more I look at this stuff the more appealing it becomes. And I hadn’t even thought of printing at this point; I’m just wondering how to work with it all! LOL

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