Anyone out there try Digital Scrapbooking

Judy - posted on 05/06/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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Hello,

New to the group and I have been doing traditional scrapbooking for 10 years now. I love scrapbooking. I would like to see what the digital side is all about to. If anyone can give me some ideas about it, that would be great.

Judy

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Holly - posted on 05/06/2010

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I've done the traditional scrapbooking - was a consultant for Creative Memories. Not enough business. I've switched to
Heritage Makers - digital scrapbooking. I love it ! No space to worry about for your supplies; everything you need is online. I'm with Heritage Makers now. Not sure IF I will stay with it, because of the program are "money-eaters"; I will be checking into other companies to see what their set-up is, etc.

The great thing about going digital - dont have to bring out your supplies every time you want to work on your book/album; no clutter; digital method is faster ! And, you can "repeat" the pages, the book etc without having to have 4 or 5 copies of the photo itself... as you store the photo on a cd; and later, on the computer and can use the same photo more than once - cant do that with traditional scrapbooking. :) Good luck Judy !

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Lani - posted on 07/12/2010

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I'm like you:) I started with traditional scrapbooking about 13 years ago and just started digital scrapbooking and LOVE IT!!! I still traditional scrap because I love the feel and look of paper and embelishments!!!!

Kayann - posted on 07/12/2010

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I use Smilebox.com , its cheap and really Awsome ! ou can try it Free Trial first ,
and you can print the pages at home or order to be printed at Local store .Also email or share online
Also you can make Greetings, Anouncements, ect.

User - posted on 07/09/2010

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I have used several online digital scrapbooking programs and it is not the same as scrapbooking. I like to use Pickaboo to make digital books. You can choose backgrounds, upload pics. It is super easy to use and fun. You don't have to buy the books but you can share your books for free online. It is real fun! The only thing they don't have is embelishments. Google pickaboo and check it out for free!

Laura - posted on 07/06/2010

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I too have been doing traditional scrapbooking for some time but i was finding it hard to get round to doing it. So i have been using photoshop and doing digital scrapbooking it's quite good. I still have alot to learn cause photoshop isn't the easiest program to use. I can do a page in an hr were as it would usually take me a about 4 or 5 hrs to do it in the traditional way. Doing it digitally means i can use my finished pages (as long as i save it as jpg. file) as my backgrounds for my desktop. There are some sites that offer free digital scrapbooking paper and things for download too. Her is one i found.....
http://freedigitalscrapbooking.com/digit...

Diana - posted on 06/25/2010

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OMGosh, I can't wait to try it! I have had most ALL my traditional scrapbooking material packed away for what can possibly be months and months, moving from England back to the states, whooohoooo. So I will have to try the digital scrapbooking since I still have my pictures in my laptop. My husband is retiring soon and I need to make up something SOON! I am behind the curve!

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As someone who swore she would never do digital, I love it now. I still do traditional books for the kids and gifts. My family albums are now all digital as our vacations and some gifts. It is a different kind of "scrapbooking" that enables me to do things that I never could do traditionally with my pages. I also like the fact that I can work on it a few minutes at a time, close the program, and not have a mess. The best part is I work on my family album through the year, so I have it done almost as soon as the year is over.



I use Creative Memories Storybook Creator Plus. It is a great program easy to use and makes great books. It's actually on sale now until the 27th at 40%off.

Lacey - posted on 06/17/2010

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Oh i forgot to mention, check out Designer Digitals, Daisy Trail, and ScrapbookFlair (free kits) and Shabby Princess.

Lacey - posted on 06/17/2010

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Hey I do both. I travel a bit and keeping my digi stuff on a portable harddrive means its so easy but at home I love getting my hands dirty - literally!!! I use Serif Digital scrapbooking program. Its not expensive has fantastic easy to use tools and there are professional tutorials on utube. Digital scrapbooking can be inexpensive it you know where to look, i have access to many sites with free downloadable kits of outstanding quality.
Anyone who wants to just ask and I'll email them to you.
I've never used photoshop so I don't know how it stacks up. I have used other programs which have more pages that are already made up, but I prefer to start from scratch.
Happy researching :) cheers.
(oh and some of my pages are on my profile (Imogen's photos).

Danielle - posted on 06/11/2010

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im an artist and i do digital art and digital photography. theres a few programs you can get to do it , its a lil expensive but you can get free trials on the computer, the best one i found so far is corel paint shop photo pro x3 ,graphics suitx5 and painter 11 there all corel programs. good luck! :0)

Amanda - posted on 06/11/2010

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Hi there,

I use the Creative Memories software - it is user friendly which is great for me because I am technically challenged! :) I prefer traditional scrapping, but dabble in digital because it is fast and it is great for gift-giving.

Gina - posted on 06/07/2010

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I do both as well, but more paper scrapping than digital. I would suggest checking out jessicasprague.com. She has some great beginner tutorials on digital scrapbooking and they are inexpensive or free. She is very easy to understand. I don't do CM because I don't care for their products. Not my style and I like more variety. I buy most of my templates, digital papers etc. from DesignerDigitals. Hope that helps.
GIna

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To really get into digital I think it's cost as much in ink and paper as traditional, in the end. I know I've spent almost $100 in th elast few months on it, though I can use some of it over adn over again, i won't use it all.

Lilimay - posted on 06/07/2010

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i do both. but i like the traditional scrapbooking more than the digital one because it brings out more of the creativeness in you. though the digital scrapbooking is easy to do. you just need to have the software. however, at time you are limited to what the software can give you.

Heather - posted on 06/04/2010

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I do both. I love the ease of the digital, and to create a hard cover bound book of your precious photos is a wonderful gift!
I love the hands-on creativeness I can create with traditional scrapbooking. But that's for more when I have more spare time.

Kelly - posted on 06/04/2010

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I do both now, I use the Creative Memories software. I mostly do traditional for my own albums, but at Chritsmas I do a "Year in Review" digital album to send to all my relatives. You can make it as easy or difficult as you want, I usually start with already layed out page patterns and just drag&drop the photos into them, modifying the pages as I need to fit some of the photos. My family loves these books, and I can order as many as I need, whereas making these books tradionally would be very timeconsuming and expensive to make in multiples! If you get Creative Memories Memory Manager and Storybook Craetor software, you can also digitally enhance your photos before putting them into the books.

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Judy, I play with both. I don't do as many digi ones but if i really have the itch do some lay outs I know I can do them where ever with digi. For the most part they are fast, if you know how to work the photoshop.

Sara - posted on 06/02/2010

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Hi Judy,
I still do mostly traditional scrapping, but I do digital books as gifts or for special events. I've also done a couple single pages digitally, and then they just fit into my traditional book (one is framed on my wall too). I just made a book for my husband's 40th b-day party. If you'd like to see it, I can share it with you, I just need your email to send a link. if you're interested, email me at scrapmom@sbcglobal.net. (and I promise - I won't share your email so no spam worries. :-)

Personally, I still love the cut-and-paste aspect of traditional scrapping for most of my projects. I don't have a lap-top, so I couldn't digi scrap at a crop, and I do love my crops! Girl time/socialization/ and scrapping - what could be better!?!? Anyway, while I do love the traditional scrapping, the digital books work best for me for gifts. I give a book of my kids photos for the year to each of their grandparents. Then I can customize which photos are in each book very easily, but I can also "steal" the same exact layout for the general pictures. And no photos to print... I actually think I save money. For sure on the smaller books. I do an 8x8 softcover for my dad (and that's the kind I did for hubby's b-day) and that comes to about $30 with shipping. If I had to buy an album, paper, stickers, adhesive, and all the photos, it would be a LOT more. I also do a hard cover 8 1/2 x 11 for my mom. That comes to around $50, but again, all those supplies would cost a lot more. And I think the biggest benefit for me is that I do those books at the end of the year - when I have very little time to get scrapping done. When I digi-scrap, I can sit at the computer for 10 minutes and whip out a page or two (or more!) without having to get out all the supplies, and then pack them away when I'm done.

Ok, I think I've rambled long enough. If you want to check out the CM program, just go to www.creativememories.com and look for the free software. And if you want to see a book, just let me know. :-)

Sara Hoefs
scrapmom@sbcglobal.net

Amy - posted on 05/29/2010

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I use the creative memories digital scrapooking programs and they are great :-)!!!!!

Zina - posted on 05/06/2010

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I have tried it and I love both! I can't stick to just one kind of scrapbooking. If you would like to start, you need photoshop if you don't already have it. And a few sites that I really recommend for free kits are summertimedesigns.blogspot.com (this one has a TON and very very cute) and theshabbyprincess.com. You have to download the kits, extract them and then you can use them in photoshop. I would also go to youtube and search digital scrapbooking and there are some really useful tutuorials to get you started. Have fun! I love it, especially if you buy photobooks from snapfish or shutterfly, you can just drop the pages right in (make sure you size them right) and order.

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