CategoryScrapbooking

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)

Lots of crafting lately

Names of Jesus Garland

Wow – it certainly wasn’t my intent to quit posting so much. I’ve been busy crafting, and it’s been fun.

Every year, our nieces and nephews get pajama bottoms from us for Christmas. Well, actually our entire immediate family gets new pajamas – we open ours on Christmas Eve and then sleep in them that night. It’s a lot of fun. It also means that I’ve had 9 sets of pajama bottoms to sew. Samuel helped me pick the fabric out this year. It’s kept me busy, to say the least.

I’ve also been doing a LOT of digital scrapbooking lately too. Last year we gave our parents a “starter” scrapbook of the past year. This year they’ll be getting more pages for their books (I can say that here because neither set of parents reads my blog, lol). I quit scrapping for a while because we don’t have a good place for me to leave a project for very long. Then I discovered digital scrapping, and I’m back at it. I can do nicer layouts in a fraction of the time I could do before, and I can save them midway through if I need to stop. It’s wonderful!

Caleb just ran over to me with his fingers on his lips to tell me to hush. Guess I’m typing too loud. Silly boy!

Jewelry orders have kept me pretty busy too, but I’m so thankful for that! The jewelry is so fun to make, and the income is a big help too. I’m working on a butterfly necklace and bracelet for a friend’s little girl right now – hopefully it turns out as cute as it is in my mind! My mom and Stephen’s mom’s bracelets both need birthstones added too.

Samuel has also been helping me make Names of Jesus garlands for Christmas gifts. I made one a couple weeks ago (the picture at the top of the post), and I love having the reminder of the real reason of Christmas hanging in my living room! There’s a tutorial to make the garland at The Homespun Heart. She also has instructions for one for Easter too.

Hopefully as projects get completed things will slow down around here, but at least it’s been enjoyable!