What is the best way to get started in digital scrapbooking? I have been a traditional scrapbooker for 8 yrs. but with 2 toddlers it is getting harder to keep up!

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Tali - posted on 11/26/2008

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I'm a digital scrapbooker, and I'm not selling for any company. :) I love digital scrapbooking. I started about a year ago.

I use Photoshop Elements to do my pages. The possibilities are pretty great with that program. I think it runs around $100-$150, depending on where you purchase it. There are tutorials everywhere online on how to do your first page. I can point you in the right direction if you need any advice. Since I'm not selling anything, I won't push you in one direction or the other - just give you some ideas.

Susan - posted on 11/10/2008

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I am a consultant for Creative Memories and we offer a great easy way to scrapbook digitally, it is called a StoryBook. Similar I believe to the Shutterfly books but better quality from what I've been told. You can purchase "themes" to do you book that look exactly like the traditional papers Creative Memories sells, but since you download them on your computer you can use them again and again. The most popular program is StoryBook Creator Plus, it sells for $59.95 and the themes run anywhere from $7.95-9.95. I love it, you can even create 4x6 post cards on it. That's what I've been doing for the smaller holidays for family. You can check out my website if you'd like: www.mycmsite.com/susanbrown Let me know if you want any more info.

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Lori - posted on 11/26/2008

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I am a CM Storybook Plus user (the $59 version not the free version). I am not a consultant. I love the program and I found it very easy to learn (although I am very computer literate and pick up programs easily). That said - the best way to learn to digitals scrapbook is to have someone by your side to show you the basics. It just all makes more sense that way.



I print all my pages at Costco - so the post about not being able to easily print other than through the very costly CM photo center is not true - never has been true. I have always printed at Costco (since the software was introduced) because they are the best value. If you set up a 12x18 page you can get 1 12x12 for yourself and 2 6x6 pages for the same price as a 12x12 page. That way you get 1 for you and 1 for each set of grandparents - weeee!!!! I love digi scrapping.

User - posted on 11/26/2008

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Hi Jill! I will be upfront and tell you that I am a Creative Memories consultant and have been traditionally scrapbooking for about 10 years. I was a little hesitant about starting to digitally scrapbook with CM product StoryBook, but after the first time I used it, I was TOTALLY hooked and it really is very simple!! Some of my very traditional scrapbook customers were also hooked and totally surprised at the ease of it the first time they used it! The software is free to download and the templates are beautiful, simple, classy and there are many themes. You can pay to upgrade your program, or buy special themes, but since you are starting out, you may do just great with the free program. I do prefer the CM product to anything else I have seen online (Shutterfly etc) though I had not heard of Heritage Makers before so please do not think I am saying anything against that program. What I found really wonderful too with the Storybook program is that you can edit/change the pages...add pages that have more or less slots for pictures or text! I would be happy to send you any information or answer any questions you may have via email!!! Good luck with whatever you decide to do!!

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smilebox.com, you can do pages for free but i think you may have to pay to print/send them im not sure as iv not done it

Robyn - posted on 11/18/2008

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Seriously, you need to chill out. All I said about Heritage Makers was " To use it, you must be connected to the Internet, with a pretty fast connection."
There's really no need for you to get so angry. Especially about a true statement.

Christina - posted on 11/18/2008

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Yes you do, I never questioned that, I am aware that you need internet access. I was refering to your other comments. Thank you for your quoting from my website. That's why I said there is a product out there for everyone. I just want people to be aware that the fun of digi-crops, like traditional crop nights is fun, but you couldn't do that with a software that can only be used on your own computer. You can with HM. Thanks!

Robyn - posted on 11/18/2008

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This is from the Heritage Makers site. Emphasis is mine:
You create all of your Heritage Makers projects in your own online, password-protected, personal publishing and creative center, Heritage Studio. Studio is easy to use and provides tremendous flexibility. There's no special software to purchase . . . you can access Studio from any computer, ANYWHERE WITH INTERNET ACCESS.
So, you do need to be on the Internet to create your pages.

Christina - posted on 11/18/2008

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I would never criticize someone elses product, but I have to state that what you said about heritage makers is not true. You can have a PC or a Mac, it doesn't matter, & you can work on your projects from ANY COMPUTER, ANYWHERE in the WORLD. That doesn't work if you have software you have to use. There is a product out there for everyone, but lets please refrain from making false statements about others products. I am a Heritage Makers consultant & am happy to answer anyones questions they may have. If you want high quality that is archived for you for FREE & free photo storage that ensures if your computer crashes.....that you still have all your projects AND your photo's - then use Heritage Makers. We are more than just books! Christina

Robyn - posted on 11/18/2008

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Regarding Heritage Makers, it's not always a plus to have a web-based tool. To use it, you must be connected to the Internet, with a pretty fast connection.
CM's StoryBook Maker is a good product. However, it's hard to print the pages without going through CM, which can get expensive. (Although, one of the consultants can tell us if that's changed.)
If you have a Mac, your best choice is Memory Mixer. It's also available for Windows. I really like it. There are a number of embellishments available specifically for the program, plus, you can import almost anything you want. It's very easy to use. You can print your pages using the Memory Mixer service, but you can also have the book printed just about anywhere else. I have mine done at Costco, and they've come out beautifully, at half the price of the CM pages.
Regarding Scrapbook Factory, I work for the company that makes it. Sadly, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

Kristin - posted on 11/17/2008

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I am also a CM consultant and love the CM programs. They are very user friendly and I love what I have been able to do with both Memory Manager and with Storybook Creator, I can even create my own emblishments using Storybook Creater Plus. I don't use the set templates rather create my own pages from scratch. If you would like to see examples of some of my pages please feel free to contact me. I have also created my own Christmas Photo Card and birthday invitations using this program. I have a 3yrold and now 1st hand how hard it is to scrapbook with her around this is another plus for me I can stop and start anytime and not have to worry about bringing all my tools and supplies out.

Heather - posted on 11/16/2008

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I've used Memory Mixer for the last few years. I got it for a bday present one year, and I love it!! I heard of Heritage Makers this weekend though at a CKS convention I attended. I think I'll look in to that one too. Oh, and I think another one I"ve used is Smilebox. Once you look at the various options each one has, you'll find one that'll work for you. Oh, and all the above I"ve mentioned(other then the one I'm not familiar with) are sooooo easy to use. Hope that helps.

Christina - posted on 11/10/2008

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Here's my only issue with most other companies, you have to purchase software or download something to your computer. With Heritage Makers, you don't - it's totally web-based! You can work on your projects from anywhwere in the world! Also, we have local scanning services that no one else offers - you can scan 400+ in an hour! We just found out the if you scan through Shutterfly - your photo's are sent to India! We have portable scanners we can bring to YOU! :>)

Jen - posted on 11/10/2008

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I love the Creative Memories programs for digital scrapbooking. The Memory Manager program is great for organizing and editing. It costs $39.95. The other great program is Storybook Creator Plus. It makes amazing digital books, page prints, invitations, whatever. You can print through a home printer, web provider, or the Creative Memories Photo Center. It runs for $59.95. There are many free downloadable themes and also some available for purchase. I became so addicted to the click and drag thing that I sell Creative Memories. I love scrapbooking with a discount. If you would like to check out these programs and themes more my website is www.mycmsite.com/mefford

Hope it helps!

Amy - posted on 11/10/2008

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Visit JessicaSprague.com - she's got lots of great tips and classes you can take on her Website. I just started one today called Stories In Hand - it basically starts you creating an album of stories you want to tell without necessarily "scrapping" them, and I think it's going to help me with my "journaling" a lot - that's the most time consuming part of traditional scrapbooking for me.

Christina - posted on 11/10/2008

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I agree with Amy, Heritage Makers is the best (I'm a consultant) - the biggest thing is that we archive EVERYTHING for you & that you have a consultant every step of the way to help you with anything. I tried other sites before i signed up & they don't archive, or have a real person to help you. Check out my site www.BindingHeritage.com! (ps- we're on Oprah's ALL TIME favorite things list!!!!)

User - posted on 11/10/2008

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I found Heritage Makers. It is a little price-ier but if you consider the cost of a full scrapbook, it is not so bad. I think it is www.familymemories4ever.com. You can squeeze in scrapbooking time anytime!

Holly - posted on 11/10/2008

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Girl, I wish I could help you! The word "digital" is not in my vocabulary unless you are talking camera's LOL. I have heard lots of people liking the shutterfly, however, I prefer the old fashioned way. :) As far as finding time...I usually take my evenings (after the kids bedtimes) to do at least 2 pages in 1 childs book. This has helped me out alot as far as keeping up in my scrapbooks. Also, once a month my scrappy chicks (scrapbooking friends) get together and either pull all-nighters or all day on Saturdays (whatever we can work out). Hope I have given you some ideas.

Remember..."Scrapbookers Do It On The Table", that's my all time favorite quote!

Christine - posted on 11/10/2008

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I am a traditional scrapbooker and now have two children 4 months & 2 1/2 yrs. Time can be a problem. I do a combination of traditional and digital. There's a computer program called Scrapbook Factory Deluxe. I use that to make what I call "starter" pages. That way I can add comments and have 80 to 90% of the page done on the computer. Then when I have time, like when I go to a scrapbook weekend or something, I print out those pages and just add my embellishements and extra's and boom...my pages are done. I really like using all the embellishments and papers so this works best for me. Plus adding my comments right away on the computer helps me to capture what I wanted with the pictures. If I waited until I had time to do the traditional page, most likely I would have forgot what I wanted to say.

Rebecca - posted on 11/10/2008

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I am a traditional scrapper too, but find time with my little ones either. I decided to bridge the gap with photo books through Shutterfly. I know it's not truly digital scrapbooking, but I'm able to crop the pics and decide easily how many to put on a page plus add captions in very little time. I still feel like I'm being creative without having to worry about little hands getting into all my scrapping "stuff".

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