Digital Vs. Traditional Scrapbooking

Several years ago I was introduced to the world of scrapbooking by several girlfriends. I had always been intrigued by their own creativeness with the scrapbooks that they have made of their children and families. It seemed like they had every event encountered photographed and outfitted with its own set of embellishments before it even got into their book.

I was quickly hooked on this new project as I have a passion for photography and telling stories. Not much later I was further introduced to the concept of digital scrapbooking. This really caught my attention along with the criticism it received by the more traditional scrapbookers. So I needed to research each of these concepts for myself.

Traditional scrapbooking involves cutting, pasting and designing a page layout that will be filled with embellishments and journaling. The scrapbooker uses only acid-free, lignin-free paper and embellishments to create pages themed after the pictures to be placed on them. This type of scrapbooking offers plenty of flexibility on page designs. However, each embellishment and piece of paper must be purchased separately. Pages must be planned carefully so that there is not unnecessary cutting of the materials. There are also a variety of cutting tools that are necessary to create the layout.

Digital scrapbooking is very straightforward offering the same, if not more flexibility than the . It can be done on any desktop or laptop computer. There are wide selection of scrapbook and photo editing software that allows the user to design customized pages for scrapbooks and other digital gifts.

Being an experienced user of both methods, I have more recently settled with digital scrapbooking. Personally, it offers me the ability to create wonderful pages and the ability to pay for the completed project when I need it. My young children and new puppy cannot damage or harm themselves with any of the cutting tools used in traditional scrapbooking. Lastly, I can work on my projects anywhere and at any time since it doesn’t command much use of space or storage.

There will always be a place in my crafting for traditional scrapbooking. However, digital scrapbooking should not be outlawed just yet. It may be the way for new scrapbookers to share their memories.… Read the rest

Digital Scrapbook Background and Frames Tutorial: Pink and Blue Checkers

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a pink and blue checkered background for scrapbooks and the frames to go with it. This background and frames are created in Fireworks CS3. It looks like it would take a lot of work to create the checkers, but it doesn’t. Most of the checkers are created by duplicating them. I will explain step by step how to create this background and frames. Go ahead and create you a new canvas to work on. Create the canvas the size that you need for the background.

Select your rectangle tool and draw a square on your canvas. Draw the square the size that you want the checkers to be. Change the color fill of the square to #B745CB. Duplicate that square so that the other square will be the same size. We will be doing a lot of duplicating, so to duplicate, you right click, click Edit > Duplicate. Drag the square that you just duplicated beside the first square. Change the color of this square to #3EADD2. Now continue duplicating these two checkers until you have the first row.

Once you have the first row of checkers, select the entire first row. To select all of them, hold down shift on your keyboard and click each checker. Right click on one of the checkers and duplicate the row. Drag the duplicated row below the first row. Now you will need to change the colors of the checkers to opposite of what they are now.

Now you can flatten these two rows and duplicate both rows to finish creating your background. Select all of the checkers. The easiest way to select all of the checkers is hold your mouse down and draw a box over the entire canvas. Start your box off of the canvas so that you select all of them. You can also go to the top of your window and click Select > Select All. Right click on a checker and click Flatten Selection. Now the checkers are turned into one image. You can now duplicate all the other rows that you need.

After you have your background created, you can start creating your frames. You can arrange your frames how you want them on your background. To create the frames, follow these steps. Get your rectangle tool and draw a square on your canvas. Change the color fill to none. Change the stroke fill to #B745CB. Add a drop shadow to your frame by clicking Filters > Shadow and Glow > Drop Shadow. Now you can duplicate all the other frames that you need.… Read the rest

Basic Steps to Create a Scrapbook Layout in Photo Frame Studio

Although this program is not aimed towards creating scrapbook layouts, you can use it for that. In this tutorial, I am going to walk you through the basic steps of creating a scrapbook layout using Photo Frame Studio. I will show you the basic things you need to do and you can run with the rest.

Creating a Blank Document

Your first step is to create a blank document to work on. You can do this by clicking the New icon at the top of your program. When the box opens, click the Editor button. Now you will see the different document sizes in the right panel. Click the size document you want to work on. If you can’t find the size you want to use, you can enter your own measurements.

Finding a Background

Your next step is to find the background you want to use. You can click the background tab at the bottom of your window to open the backgrounds. Browse through the backgrounds and find the one you want to use. Then double click the background to apply it.

Adding Your Photos

You are now ready to add your photos. Click your Photos tab at the bottom of your program and click the folder with your photos. Then find a photo and drag it to the document. Drag as many photos as you want to the document.

Adding Frames to Photos

Next, you can add frames to your photos. Click the Frames tab at the bottom of your program and find the frame or frames that you want to use. Once you find a frame you want to use, click it and drag it on top of the photo you want to apply it too. You can continue doing this until you have framed all of your photos if you want.

Adding Masks to Photos

If you would prefer to use masks instead of frames, you can. All you have to do is click the Mask tab and select the mask you want to use. Click the mask and drag it to the photo you want to add it too. You can’t use a mask and frame on the same photo, but you can use both mask and frames in your layout.

Adding Clipart

Next in line is your clipart. You can click the clipart tab at the bottom of your window and select the clipart you want to use. Drag the clipart to your scrapbook layout and place it where you want it. You can add all of the clipart you want.

Adding Text

You can now add text to your scrapbook layout. Click the Text button in the left panel and click your layout. Then erase the text in the right panel and type what you want. Then adjust the text settings to what you want.

All that is left to do now is export your scrapbook layout.… Read the rest

Digital Scrapbooking – What Type of Scrapper Are You?

I have been involved in the world of Digital Scrapbooking for over five years now, and it has been my observation that there are basically two distinct kinds of scrappers. While some variation and crossover does occur, people seem to either be photo scrappers or design scrappers.

Photo scrappers will get one or more of their photographs together that they want to use, and then look for materials to design a layout around them. They look for colors and presentation styles that match the photos, either by color scheme or content of the events depicted.

Design scrappers, on the other hand, often design a layout they like and then look for photos that will fit that design. Certainly, there are many people who do both, but most people tend to fall primarily into one category or the other.

It can perhaps be surmised that mothers (and grandmothers) of small children, who are constantly taking pictures of their little darlings, and archiving the precious moments of their family’s special times tend to fall into the photo scrappers category. Certainly anyone who has a special event to scrap, such as a wedding, birthday party, graduation, trip to the beach or what have you, will also be a photo scrapper, at least at that given time.

But what type of people fall into the latter category?

In general, artists are more likely to create a design just for the sake of the design and use the addition of a photo or two as a means of showing it off. Like many digital designers, I fall into this category. I make designs because I like them, and often have a hard time finding a photograph that fits it. Nevertheless, people who use my designs often have the perfect photo in mind to scrap when they run into my design. As an artist, I like this, because it means the final totality of the creation is better than than what I could have created myself, not having the perfect photos for it.

In the world of digital scrapbooking, this tendency is a good thing. The artists who are creating their designs often do not have photographs in mind while doing so. But those who are browsing through the catalogs often do. This merging of the two types of scrapper has the delightful advantage of producing final layouts that show off both the design and the photos to excellent advantage.… Read the rest

A Beginner's Scrapbooking Experience

I never before had any inclination to try scrapbooking. There has never been anything to happen in my life that has made me want to detail it in a book with stickers and cut outs and pictures. That was until my daughter was born. At first, as I was collecting little mementos like her hospital id bracelet and name card, I thought I would get my sister, the more creative member of my family, to make a scrapbook for me. However, the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to be a part of it. I wanted things to be done my way and the only way to insure that was to do it myself. But how in the world do you get started?

The first thing I did was try and find a class on scrapbooking where they would tell me exactly what to buy and how to put things together. However, living in a small town where Wal-mart is our only "craft store" that was not possible. Then I went online and try to find a "how-to" on getting started scrapbooking. Nothing I found really put things in way that a complete novice like me could understand. But, I needed to get started somehow. So I went on Ebay and bought me a scrapbooking kit. Then I bought other stickers and dye-cuts (what the heck do you do with those?) and other such scrapbooky items. As these things arrived I stacked them on my dining room table, along with about 300 pictures of my daughters first ten months of existence. I had the materials but what do I do now?

I finally caved in and asked my sister for advice. I needed to know specifics such as what do you do with the dye cuts? What do you use to actually stick pictures to the pages? How many pictures should you put on a page? Do I need the special cutting boards or can I just do things with scissors the old fashioned way? Does everything have to be acid free?

She took me to the Dollar Tree, who has a great selection of scrapbooking stickers at a great price, and loaded me up with special hole punches and stickers. Then we went to Wal-mart and she told me what kind of adhesive she prefers. She also showed me a scrapbook she had completed to show me different ideas for the dye cuts and borders that had come with my scrapbooking kit and gave me a cutting board to use that she had in storage.

Armed with all this knowledge and accessories I finally sat down to try and piece this thing together. I had an idea in my head as to how the order of things should go and got started. Before I knew it I had a pain in my neck and five pages completed. Score!! I felt a great sense of accomplishment and I didn't think my pages looked all that bad either. … Read the rest