I’ve been teaching myself digital scrapbooking. I have to admit, I thought I would never get into scrapping digitally. I spend all day working on a computer, why would I want to do something for fun on the computer as well? But, then I started seeing other digital pages… and I went to a retreat where a gal was cropping only digitally. I couldn’t believe how good her pages looked. You almost couldn’t tell that they were not “traditional” scrapbook pages. And… the big clincher – I realized nothing is consumable, everything is reusable. I started to think about the economics of that, as well as the fact that there is WAY less mess, clutter, and stuff to cart around. Going to a crop? Take your laptop and go. No more broken back!
I’ve been using Creative Memories’ program (I just can’t get past the learning curve in PhotoShop) and I love it. It’s called StoryBook Creator. There’s a free download version and a purchased version. The free version only allows you to use predesigned pages and drop your pictures in. That’s great if you don’t consider yourself technologically savvy. The predesigned pages are really nice (there are even free ones you can download and use). However, I quickly found that I wanted to tweak my pages a little bit. The upgrade to the StoryBook Creator+ version is not that expensive and well worth the investment.
There are virtually unlimted options. I am amazed at the fact that I keep finding new, cool things to do to my pages. Like a diecut, but don’t like the color? Change it!
I have also discovered that I can download virtually any .png graphic and use it in SBC+. This opens up the entire internet, which is full of all sorts of downloadable items for use in scrapbook pages. Scrapbook.com has some really nice page elements you can download – some are even free. I also love the fact that everything I purchase from Creative Memories is color-coordinated by theme. Makes it really easy to mix and match elements to achieve the custom look I like.
So, I’m probably about 5 years behind the rest of the world when it comes to digital scrapbooking, but I have to say, I love it. I don’t think I’ll ever give up traditonal scrapbooking completely, however. There’s something about the tactile sense of moving paper around and cutting/pasting things that is very relaxing to me. But when I’m in the mood to scrap and not in the mood to make a mess, digital works for me.