Is it considered scrapbooking?

Kim - posted on 06/10/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Ok, I use those photo albums with those sheets of plastic(?) that you can peel back to add photos and when you close it , its sticks to the pics etc. I like to use those and add construction paper, borders, stickers, ticket stubs, awards, etc. Does anyone else do that and it is considered scrapbooking???

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Jennifer - posted on 12/27/2011

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Not sure if it was mentinoned because I didn't read every reply completely (oops!), but scrapgirls.com is a great resource for digital scrapping. They have a very nice forum, lots of people "in the know" that can answer questions for you too.
I see you have been told about the magnetic albums (they aren't safe for the photos particularly). You could scan the pages you have already done to preserve them - a better option that just losing them if you didn't want to dismantle them.
I have paper scrapped & digital scrapped & I prefer digital now. I still like to "get my hands dirty" but with limited storage space, 4 kids, & the mess factor I find digital to be easier now. I don't have to print my pictures first, I don't have to keep loads of paper, tape, pens, tools, you name it, & when I am done for the day I can save my progress & walk away - no scraps to pick up, tools to put away, etc.
Printing the pages is easy too - if you really do the math I think digital scrapping comes out cheaper in the long run too. I scrap in the popular 12x12 size so I print my individual pages at scrapping simply (online) for about $1.99 each. When I have an album that is completely digital like my '08-'09 album was, I print bound books at paper kiwi, winkflash, or shutterfly.

Jessica - posted on 10/17/2011

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i believe it is considered scapbooking, but I work as a photo lab supervisor and the plastic will actually hurt your pictures. Aftera few years you cant open those sheets without it peeling away some of the picture with it.

Sarah - posted on 10/10/2011

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For the gal who couldn't get the pictures off of the old, yellowing magnetic pages-- I was doing some work with my grandma's and mom's albums and in order to get the pictures off, I used toothfloss. I found if I could just get it under one corner, I could usually get the picture off, if I went slowly enough. The wax on the floss helped it wiggle under the photo.

Sheri - posted on 07/15/2009

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It is considered scrapbooking however I think you will be upset with the result. Those are "magnetic" pages and will eventually yellow your pictures within just a few years. I had pix like that for a trip to Europe I took in 1984 and by 1997 some of my pix were so faded that I couldn't tell who or what was in there. Hurricane Hugo destroyed my negatives so those pix are gone for good.
You can take another photo album with paper (I am partial to Creative Memories) and move all your pix and cut outs directly to the page of the other album and not mess up any of your ideas. CM albums are more expensive but are well worth the expense. Hope this saves you some heartache later. Happy scrapping! Sheri

Kelly - posted on 07/14/2009

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I have had to take my photos out of my older albums and putting them in the newer albums. My photos kept falling out of those albums. I started with Creative Memories, but just use the top loading albums. They are easier to move around when you scrap things out of order (which happens to me frequently).

Peggy - posted on 07/14/2009

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Soemtimes I write the photos to a cd and make the cd part of my page or put it in the back of an album. that way, i have all of the photos that 'go' with the album together. It is a good thng to do too in case your pc has a harddrive go bad.

Rebecca - posted on 07/13/2009

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Personally, I am taking photos from an album like that to scrapbook. It seems to me that you are making it more of a creative album. I would like to see how it turns out using it like that. It doesn't matter where you put these things together...it is scrapbooking...normally we put it in scrapbooks, but hey whatever you choose. You can scrapbook frames, walls, etc....why not the sticky back album!!!!

Shannon` - posted on 07/13/2009

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www.frommemoriestobooks.com. Heritage Makers is the way to go if you want to try Digital Scrapbooking! They offer Heirloom Assurance, in case your projects get lost or damaged! We also have linen stictched binding, not glued in! Plus there is no software to purchase:) Good Luck with your scrapping! Check out digital sometime!

Rita - posted on 07/11/2009

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I agree that your creativity in embellishing your photos is absolutely scrapbooking and you can use anything. I would just be careful because, usually those types of photo albums are not good for your photos. You should try to use acid and lignin free papers, embelishments, etc. If something isn't acid or lignin free you should make sure it is not touching your photos in the album but are put somewhere else on the page.

Mac - posted on 07/10/2009

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It does not take years- some of my wedding photos were in those peely albums and after only about six years the pictures were destroyed. I only do CM albums now. Love CM albums- don't ever use anything else.

LINDA - posted on 06/16/2009

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YES. BUT BE CAREFUL. AFTER YEARS THE WILL NOT COME LOOSE FROM PAPER OR PHOTOS. I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR 35 YEARS. SOME OF MINE ARE NOT SAVABLE.

Sara - posted on 06/15/2009

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Yeah, I wouldn't worry about printing all the pictures - that's one of the great benefits of going digital with photos - you can pick and choose which ones to print. I would make sure to burn CDs with your photos on them so you have backups. Or some sites will store your photos on their own computers as a back-up, you usually have to purchase thru them to get them to store your photos.



I do also love to do digital books. I only do them for special occasions since I also love the cut and paste traditional methods. But I've done a few digital books - as gifts, and also for a trip album. Of course I use the creative memories stuff since I sell it. It's a nice program, and the basic storybook creator is free, then if you want to upgrade you can purchase the "plus" and be able to change the templates. So far I've only used the basic and it's been all that I need and more. The benefit is you can sometimes get a lot more photos per page since you can resize and play around with them. Then there is no printing photos, but you still get great albums. just something else to consider...

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Jamie - posted on 06/14/2009

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I agree with the previous posters who say that scrapbooking is whatever you make it! I also agree to be careful the things that are not meant specifically for scrapbooking because they can harm your pictures. I swear by Creative Memories for paper scrapping. They can get expensive at times but their albums are WELL worth it! I use Heritage Makers for digital scrapbooking http://www.frommemoriestobooks.com and tend to digi scrap more now because of time and space.

Have you considered simply scanning your old scrapbook pages instead of re-doing them? I did that with a few of my scrapbooks that I wanted to make a second copy but didn't want to spend the time actually making the album. Heritage Makers is great for copying already done paper scrap pages!

You don't need to print EVERY picture on your computer. Simply pick your favorites and print them. I tend to take 4-5 shots of the same thing because I can (after-all I'm not wasting film!). I'm not going to print all of the pictures of the same shot, just the best one.

FYI: Shutterfly and sites like that often offer great deals to first time customers and you can get tons of free pictures printed. Might want to check it out.

Jeci - posted on 06/13/2009

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I think that Scrapbooking is what you make it. I just did my first 'real' scrapbook with all the embellishments and papers, stamps etc...and wow. EXPENSIVE! And you know, doing exactly what you describe is how I have always made my albums, and they've turned out great, if not better! Plus, now there are scrapbooks that are just binders with photo sleeves. There's no cute papers or designs or borders - Nothing! I say you are doing it! I myself prefer using those magnetic pages as well!

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Well I am old school and love actually scrapping them with pretty paper, embellishments etc. as normally we would do but........as much as I am not into this.... Lots of people are doing digital scrapbooking. It might be something you can check into? They have a variety of software programs and even downloadable tools for it. I am not too familiar with who or where to go. But it isnt hard to find it. I hope that can help you some what for the computer pict. you have. Good luck

Kim - posted on 06/12/2009

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Ok, yeah I have noticed some of my older albums the pages are turning yellow but I have worked so hard on them I don't want to take them apart. But I guess I will have to if I want to have them forever.Any sugjestions on what I should do with all the photos that I have on my computer that need to printed. There are thousands!! I can't put them all in a scrapbook.

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Quoting Sara:

I think anything you do that enhances your photos can be considered Scrapping. Even just slide in albums if you add info and stubs etc.

I do want to warn you though, unless they have come a long way in the manufacturing of the type of albums you use, they can be harmful to your pictures. Watch for Acid Free labeling - acid can breakdown your photos - color fading etc. Also, Lignin free would be good too - that's what turns the paper yellow. My mother did all my photo albums in those type books as I was growing up, and they all turned yellow, and many of the pictures are faded or really discolored. I recently took apart all the albums and salvaged the pictures that I could, and put them into a Creative Memories album. I'm a consultant so I know the details on how great and how SAFE our stuff is. If you have any questions, just let me know.


Sara, I appreciate the fact you didnt  just jump consultant head in first with sales pitch. LOL LOL You were very pleasant to read. I too am cons. for something and glad you can be a concern scrapper. hehee thanks

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most construction paper I have come across fades even when it says fade resistant LOL, 1997.... comes in mind when I first starting scrapping and what you are talking about is what I did. Later I found issues with my old timer ways LOL. Like other poster said be cautious and read things. In MY OPINION I wouldnt use those albums. But you can do what you feel comfortable doing. I hope all the info you get helps you. Good Luck.

Sara - posted on 06/11/2009

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I think anything you do that enhances your photos can be considered Scrapping. Even just slide in albums if you add info and stubs etc.



I do want to warn you though, unless they have come a long way in the manufacturing of the type of albums you use, they can be harmful to your pictures. Watch for Acid Free labeling - acid can breakdown your photos - color fading etc. Also, Lignin free would be good too - that's what turns the paper yellow. My mother did all my photo albums in those type books as I was growing up, and they all turned yellow, and many of the pictures are faded or really discolored. I recently took apart all the albums and salvaged the pictures that I could, and put them into a Creative Memories album. I'm a consultant so I know the details on how great and how SAFE our stuff is. If you have any questions, just let me know.

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