Scrapbooking is a hobby for many people, both young and old. It is a process of preserving memories for yourself, your friends, and for generations to come. However, with the increase of new technology it seems a little old fashioned to resort to the old cutting and pasting method. Unless, that is, you’re cutting and pasting on a computer.
This form of scrapbooking has become known as digital scrapbooking, and it seems to becoming the new fad. There are countless websites devoted to selling and giving away free digital scrapbooking ideas and supplies. Performing a simple Google search on “digital scrapbooking” brings up about 7,820,000 results that can definitely help you get started. Many offer freebies that you can download. You may think that the only things you need to find are backgrounds for your pages, but you can also download various brushes, which can come in very handy with all their different designs. For example, I have found the glitter and special effects brushes especially useful.
You may also wish to sign up for a free digital scrapbooking e-newsletter that will provide you with many different design ideas to help you get started. Many times these types of newsletters will build their designs with the materials that they sell on their websites. If you’re welling to spend some cash, you can download everything that they have made their design with. However, this is NOT necessary. You do not have to spend any money in order to download digital scrapbooking supplies. You just need to find the right websites that offer free downloads. You will be surprised at how easy it is to find background layouts. Just type “textures” into a search engine and you will find many different ones. If you want something more specific, such as a blue background, just type in “blue textures”, and it’s that easy. No need to spend any money!
In order to get started, you first need to find a program that allows you to manipulate your pictures. Some good ones that you can choose from are Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Ulead Photoimpact, and Microsoft Digital Image Pro. How to use these programs is beyond the scope of this article, but there are many tutorials online that can show you step-by-step how to begin. I use Adobe Photoshop and have found it very easy to learn and it works great! For a beginners guide on how to use Adobe Photoshop try this tutorial: http://www.pegaweb.com/tutorials/beginners-guide-adobe-photoshop/.
Digital scrapbooking may not be for everyone, but once you catch the hang of it, it can be faster than the old method, and you can be much more creative in your designs, without worrying about messing up, since there is always an “undo” button. When you’re done, you have a few options for how you would like to print your scrapbook. You can print the pages on your own printer if it handles the size you’ve chooses. You can take it to a store that has a photo center, such as Meijer or Wal-Mart. You can also find a website that prints and binds your photo books for you. A couple good ones include snapfish.com and shutterfly.com. You will probably want to look at the cost of printing different sizes before you begin, so you do not have to spend a lot of time later resizing all of your pages.