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Scrapbooking - My Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking

Updated on February 6, 2010

I have a friend who is very into scrapbooking; she spends probably more money that she will admit to on scrapbooking supplies, she attends probably weekly “scraps”, she writes for scrapbooking magazines and sites, and she has many, many completed scrapbooks. She is a very talented scrapbooker.  After years of hearing her talk about it and seeing her completed scrapbooks, I thought I’d give it a try. But instead of going out and buying supplies I decided to try it on the computer.

Digital scrapbooking is a very popular pastime these days. There are literally hundreds of scrapbooking sites online, and many of them offer free templates and backgrounds. A few have instructions on digital scrapbooking and forums where you can get all the help and ideas you need.

I found I had a talent for digital scrapbooking and my first attempts turned out quite well. I used Corel Paint Shop to start but have since invested in Photoshop Elements.

I started out by taking part in a couple of challenges on an online forum. For my first page I used a very basic pattern and i think it turned out well. I used my favorite picture of me as a child with my mother:

One of my favorite scrapbook pages, which was my second, was inspired by a trip I took to Paris. I sat on this bridge and used this train station. Working on it brought back great memories of my trip. I created the background paper myself. I liked the way this one turned out as well:

I followed that scrapbook page with a couple dedicated to my cat Boo. I experimented with several new techniques on this one such as creating pictures of the cat that looked like I had used rubber stamps and making it look like a picture was held on by paperclip.

This one is another favorite childhood picture of me. I’m with my older sister and the boy next door. I was all dressed up to be a flower girl.  The pictures on the side were taken at a photo booth in Glasgow, Scotland. There is slightly more to this scrapbook page than the first one.

Another scrapbook page that turned out well was one dedicated to my first teenaged crush, David Cassidy. It is very simple but, I think, effective.

I have done other digital scrapbooking projects like greeting cards, notecards, etc.

Digital scrapbooking is a fun and rewarding pastime only limited by your imagination. I would definitely recommend you try it. It is a great outlet for your creativity and also uses your writing skills. People are pleasantly surprised when you create a page and make it into a one-of-a-kind card or frameable picture.


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    Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Well done Susan! I'm still into cutting and cropping paper. One day I'll give this a try. Right now I'll give this a tweet and votes!

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    jenniferg78 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

    I love your "remember" page. Really nice and some great advice in this hub.

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Great ideas! I am in love with digital ephemera for scrapbooking. I love craft hubs. Well done. Voting up and sharing!

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    Phanti 6 years ago from Levack, Ontario

    The work that you have shown above is so beautiful. I have tried to understand Photoshop and how to digiscrap, but can't get the hand of it. I have been trying to find a really good tutorial but have yet to run across it.

    I was hoping you could suggest one to me.

    Thanks, and again, gorgeous scraps.

    P.S. Your cat is precious

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    Leandraluv 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

    very nice scrapbooking layouts. I like the one with the cat!

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    viryabo 8 years ago

    To be frank, this is the 1st time ever, that i hear of digital scrapbooking. I really love the idea so much, im bookmarking this page.

    I used to keep scrapbooks when i was younger, but seemed to outgrow it after a while.

    This hub is making me start to look into it again, and because im a creative person (well in a way), i know i would enjoy this tremendously. I like the way you can do this, and to also make memories of the past stay alive.

    Wonderful hub UW! I really love it.

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    emievil 8 years ago from Philippines

    I haven't really done any scrapbooking offline because, well, I just lack the time. But your hub just inspired me to start a digital scrapbook. I bookmarked your hub for future reference. I really like your great pictures. Thanks!

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    Meschill 8 years ago from Central Texas

    UW I really enjoyed this hub and your layouts. I love the page on David Cassidy - he was my first too! Have you watched his new tv show, Ruby and the Rockits? I have been doing traditional scrapbooking for over 10 years and have yet to try digital but I know I will before long.

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    Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Thanks for the comments. I'm glad you like my scrapbooking pages. They were so much fun to make.

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    franciaonline 8 years ago from Philippines

    I just sent a scrapbook-like greeting card to a brother abroad using microsoft publisher. I didn't know that there is a website for digital scrapbooks. Very nice of you to show us your digital scrapbook. Thank you for this resource!

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    Om Prakash Singh 8 years ago from India, Calcutta

    Good to see your family photos. I especially liked the first photo of you and your mom. The quote is so touching "I knew when I held your hand that everything will be alright". Going to see my mom after one long year coming month!

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    Nelle Hoxie 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your family photos with us. Your Mom looks like a real nice person. And Boo has a mysterious sphinx-like stare. I never knew this existed. It looks like quite a lot of work and artistic ability. No wonder your hubs are so good!

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    dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

    This is awesome,UW! I got my fingers in too many pies right now, so I won't start scrap booking just yet! I just know that I'll be addicted in no time! You were a cute kid, BTW!