Scrapbooking - Digital Freebies.. 10 sites online with great free scrapbooking stuff!
Freebies... free digital scrapbooking stuff
In my first hub, where I spoke about my love for digital scrapbooking, I promised to write another hub with links to websites where you can download "freebies". I like digital scrapbooking because I find it makes pictures come alive and adds a whole new aspect to what might just be.. an ordinary photograph. Also, I find it is a lot cheaper than normal or traditional scrapbooking.. and in these times.. it doesn't hurt to save money wherever you can.. and still enjoy doing things that you love!
Online, there is a large community of scrapbookers who create and sell their own digital scrapbooking kits. This is great.. but what I find is even better - are the 'Freebies' which they also give away on their websites. Who doesn't like something that's beautiful.. and free? I know I do! Okay so what do I mean by freebies? Well basically this term refers to - free digital scrapbooking stuff like:
(1) Kits - these are folders that come with everything that you will need to do a nice layout. These kits are made based on a particular theme (such as for birthdays, love, beach, seasons etc) or color scheme. In a kit you will get different designer papers, borders/frames, elements such as ribbons, flowers, hearts etc, depending on the type of kit. Some kits even include the alphabet in a design to match the kit. I love to download freebie kits. It is easy and it helps when you are scrapbooking but having everything that you might use in one folder. However, I download lots and lots of freebie kits, so when I am making a design, I tend to mix and match.
(2) Layout Templates: sometimes you will find a freebie online that is a 'ready made' template. By this I mean - all you have to do is open it up in your photo editing program and add the picture to the template and there you go - you have a digital scrapbook page! This is good to do in cases where you are now starting off (experimenting with) digital scrapbooking or you just plain don't have much time that day and want to create something for a friend or to post on facebook etc. Also, they can help inspire you and give you creative ideas for your own pages.
(3) Elements/Embellishments: This is what made me fall in love with digital scrapbooking. The use of digital elements opens up a whole new world in scrapbooking versus the elements you will use when doing the traditional form of scrapbooking. Elements come in the form of buttons, stars, hearts, flowers, animal shapes, ribbons, frames, butterflies, etc. You name it.. and I am sure someone out there has created it! These elements or embellishments are used to enhance your photos and are placed on the different papers that are found in the kits that you download.
(4) Alphas/ Fonts: some freebie kits contain 'alphas' which is the alphabet but with various designs to match the kit. Also you can find workings that can be used to make your creation meaningful. In addition, you can find many downloadable fonts online that you can add to your font folder on your computer and these fonts can be used in MS Word and your photo editing program etc. I love to do this. I have lots of great fonts on my computer.
An example of this is the banner I created to advertise my blog Leandraluv..Life's moments. Oh and today I added a chat box thingy on my blog.. so if you do decide to take a peek at my blog.. please use the chat thingy! I would love to hear from you! Anyway, here I made use of the paper and embellishments I downloaded in one kit by Annabvdesigns and I used a font that I download and really like known as Impervious.
Use of a freebie scrapbooking kit
Okay, so now that you know a little about the things that you get when you download digital scrapbooking freebies... now to tell you where to find the good stuff. When I decided to write this hub I did not search hubpages to see if any other hubs were written like this. Well, there is another hub that has a great listing of digital scrapbooking freebies, written by becauseilive. I decided to still write my hub but to provide you with different links from that hub. But I should warn you - one or two of the links are the same. Sorry but this could not be helped! These happen to be digital scrapbooking designers that I really like and I just can't help it!
Links to Scrapbooking Sites with many other links
Okay so first I am going to provide you with a few digital scrapbooking sites that contain many, many links to other great sites.
- Webseitler has a good site on Squidoo with Digital Scrapbooking Freebies. Here you will find links to the best of the best! She has many great links to scrapbooking sites, font sites and even links to get you started with digital scrapbooking. However, there are many links that you will have to go through to find what you like. When you have the time, check these out. In the meantime you can follow the links I will be posting to direct designers who I think are absolutely fabulous. I am almost certain that you will like them also!
- Scrapbookflair is an amazing site as well. You can become a free member and become part of a community of digital scrapbookers who share there work online. There are free kits that the site offers regularly. But let me tell you what I find is the ultimate greatest thing about this site - the Market Place Freebies! Yes folks! Here you can get thousands of freebies, with many people adding on a daily basis.. and you can browse through by categories. This is a great place to get to see other designers.
- Scraporchard is another site where many digital scrapbooking designers showcase their work. Again, this site is a useful resource to find many scrapbooking layouts. To find the freebies, you will have to go to the individual designer pages and look for the Freebie label that is commonly found on the side panel of their sites, under tags.
Our Wedding Day
My favorite Digital Scrapbooking Designers
Now for the really good stuff. You should definitely check out these links and start downloading your freebies. Remember to check the archives as well. There's lots of goodies out there for you to enjoy. These designers also have kits for sale. They are not expensive and its up to you if you want to purchase.. depending on what you plan to use them for. Remember, the freebies are for NON-COMMERCIAL use only. Okay, so let me stop blabbing and get on with it.
- Shabbyprincess is probably the most popular one of all. I love, love, love her work. I am sure if you are only just beginning to get into digital scrapbooking you've already visited her page. If not .. then you should! She's absolutely amazing. Very talented and creative. And the best part is that she gives away amazing freebie kits.
- Tracie Stroud Designs are terrific. You'd definitely find something you will want to use. And she offers lots of goodies... so make sure and check this site for some freebies. If you are pressed for time - she has a 'freebie' label..click on it and you will be good to go!
- Delicious Scraps is one of my new favorite sites. There are tons of beautiful freebies there and they are easy to download - just click on the previews and the downloads start. I think this scrapbooker is very generous with her freebies and I really appreciate the great quality stuff that she shares! Thanks!
- AnnaBVdesigns is absolutely talented! I mentioned her above, and I used one of her kits to make the blog banner. You should definitely take the time to check out this link. Presently she has 31 freebies available. So what are you waiting for? No wait.. you have to finish reading my hub :-) I'm not finished yet.. then you can get going...
- Lilbitsandberries...doesn't the name alone make you want to check this site out? I particluarly like her 'everyday' and 'wubulous' kits.
- Mels light bulb moments is another great blog with wonderful freebies. With currently 128 freebies.. why not check it out?
- Nbk-nicnic is someone who's site I visited in the earliest and was blown away by her talents. Her kits were made around the theme love and I was fascinated by her designs. Check it out. You might find something you like. I know I did.
Okay so I tried to keep it down to my top 10 websites for digital scrapbooking freebies. Off course by clicking on these links... you will encounter many other links to other great sites. That's the wonder of the world wide web! So do enjoy. Go out there and create and preserve your memories! I do hope you enjoyed this hub and found it to both helpful and useful!
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