I'm hooked. I've started playing around with digital scrapbooking. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, digital scrapbooking is taking traditional scrapbooking to a whole new level. In the scrapbooking world there are a lot of people who turn their nose up to digital scrapbooking. Here's the difference: Traditional scrapbooking is completely hands-on, real products. You purchase cardstock, patterned paper, scissors, glue, embellishments, etc. and put together a page. The books in my photo album are all traditional albums. They are "real" 3-D pages that you can actually touch.
Digital scrapbooking is similar in that you have papers and embellishments, but they are all digital. They are .png, .jpeg, or abr brushes that you use in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (also could be used in some lesser design software). You still have "patterned paper" except that it's not actually paper. It's a file on your computer. You open the file in Photoshop and "move" your embellishemts to create a "page." You can then print the page and put in a traditional album, share online (via websites, online galleries, or e-mail), or just leave on your computer.
Here's an example of something I made for our company's annual 4th of July party using digital scrapbooking supplies:
Something that has sprung up recently is "hybrid" scrapbooking; a combination of digital and traditional scrapbooking. Ali Edwards, for example, does quite a lot of hybrid scrapbooking. You use some digital elements, but you still do a traditional page. You might put text on your photo then print it out and use it on your page. Or you might print out a scrapbook accent, then use it on your page. I'm playing around with both.
In order to do digital or hybrid scrapbooking you will need: a computer (duh!), internet, Photoshop Elements (or something equivalent), and a printer (if you plan to print these out). Here's a few links if you are interested in beginning digital scrapbooking:
- JessicaSprague.com – An editor for Creating Keepsakes, Jessica does a "Photoshop Tutorial" every Friday. Great tips for new and old users of Photoshop. Jessica's tips are directly related to digital scrapbooking. Tips are found on her blog. She also offers courses in Photoshop for Scrapbooking as well as individual lessons that you can download and complete at your own pace.
- ShabbyPrincess.com – A great resource for newbies to digital scrapbooking. They offer FREE digital kits. Plus there are some tutorials on the site as well. I also greatly enjoy the blog (each month she puts a desktop that you can customize with your pictures).
- Scrap Girls – This was my first intro to digital scrapbooking. They have an enormous store (the above layout was made using their products). You can also sign up for their daily newsletter which features layouts, new products, freebies, and instructions for digital scrapbooking. They also offer a intro e-book that can be downloaded for free.
There are many more sites devoted to digital scrapbooking…these are just a few of my faves. You'll notice to the right are some of my favorite places to shop for supplies. I've listed some more digi-stores there.