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Scrapbooking with Anderson Cooper and DC Comics

Updated on February 7, 2016

Digital Scrapbooking our Trip to New York with Smilebox

I hadn't created a scrapbook of anything in over 50 years. My mother used to paste pictures into scrap books when I was very young. When I graduated from high school, she created a scrapbook for me with lots of memorabilia in it. I still have it. But I have not been one who thinks of creating a scrapbook. I am so digitally fixated, I thought I would investigate creating a scrapbook of pictures from a trip.

In November 2011, we were invited to participate on the Anderson Show. This was, of course, very exciting for our family. I'm not going to go into why we were invited, but there is a YouTube version of the show on this lens. The media broker knew that my daughter was really into DC Comics and had arranged a personal tour of the DC Comics office.

I searched the Internet and found Smilebox was perfect. I didn't want to invest any money into this project since I'm still a newbie but I wanted something that would create a scrapbook that I email or post on the Internet. They have lots of designs and I found some that I liked.

Getting Started with Smilebox

It's very easy - that's why I like it

To get started using Smilebox, just click on the Get Started Now! orange button. Signup for an account and you're ready to go. You should explore the different categories before you actually begin. Besides scrapbooks, they also have Invitation, slideshows, greeting cards. There are various formats including collages, photo albums, newsletters, and calendars.

Creating a Scrapbook with Smilebox

Just as easy as drag and drop

The hardest part about creating a scrapbook with Smilebox is selecting the design and format you want. There are so many to choose from. You can always try one out and if you don't like it, you just pick something else. First upload your pictures to the left side of the screen. Then personalize the scrapbook by selecting the design. Then watch the scrapbook create itself. No scissors, glue, tape, paper - just virtual cyberspace. I love it. Next, preview the scrapbook. If you like it, save it. If not, change the design, format or the pictures. When you're ready, you can send the scrapbook to friends and family, post it to Facebook, a blog or website (I created the following slides using the HTML for the scrapbook), print it at home or at a store, or save it to a DVD.

Smilebox is also available for your iPhone

Digital Scrapbooking on Amazon

Digital or Paper, Scissors and Glue? - Which is your preference?

I know its more fun and you can involve the whole family when you create a scrapbook the "old-fashioned" way. But this is the 21st century! You want to create your scrapbook fast and send it out to everyone you know - or at least post it so everyone can see it.

Do you prefer the "old-fashioned" way to create a scrapbook or do you think the digital scrapbooks are the way to go?

The "old-fashioned" way is for me. I like the feel of paper, scissors and glue.

The "old-fashioned" way is for me. I like the feel of paper, scissors and glue.

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    • Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      The Old-fashioned way.

    • eccles1 4 years ago

      Old fashioned

    • slackira 4 years ago

      The classic card and paper scrapbook works for me.Digital stuff just doesn't have that charm for me.

    • sonnydayze 4 years ago

      Paper, skizzers and gloo. Just 'cuz I don't know nothin' 'bout digital.

      Disclaimer- This opinion is subject to change ;-)

    • Linda F Correa 4 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      I scrapbook both ways, but I have to say, I like the feel of A real book with real pictures in my hand !

    • NewUsedCarsSacramento 4 years ago

      It reminds me my good old days...nice one!

    • EllisRosie 4 years ago

      I go for old fashioned. I enjoy scrapbooking a lot although I don't always get to do it. Seeing the finished product with all the mementos on it, and being able to share it with people dear to me feels priceless. :)

    • seegreen 4 years ago

      I have been scrapbooking for almost 20 years "the old fashioned way". I'm not a fan of digital because I enjoy having a book to hold in my hand and to show friends and family. I loved my kids being part of the scrapbooking process and they still bring out the albums to look at. I like adding ticket stubs, postcards and other memorabilia - the originals - into my scrapbooks. You can't do that with digital.

    • Madonaa 4 years ago

      old fashioned scrap book has its own enjoyment

    • Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Old fashioned for me.

    • Paul Turner 4 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      I like the thought of digital but I like the feel of an old book or journal.

    • Angelina 4 years ago from California

      I think I like both but it's nice to be able to touch and flip through pages and pass on the memories.

    • ismeedee 4 years ago

      I hadn't heard of digital scrapbooking. Maybe it's great, but I my heart is saying, 'old fashioned' where your hands are actually involved in cutting and arranging and sticking.

    • Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

      Well heck, I forgot about the memorabilla! Gotta have a place for that. So, I guess i'm going to have to try it both ways to see which I prefer. Seems like it might be different for each set of circumstances.

    • MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      The old fashioned way - there is something special about real old photographs and memorabilia.

    • Monica Ranstrom 4 years ago

      I have done a lot of scrapbooking the old-fashioned way and have done a few digital projects. I still love the look of adding the extras to my project

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I like both - for personal mementos and pictures, I like the old fashioned way, but for sharing and storing in an organized way, I prefer digital.

    • gypsyman27 lm 4 years ago

      I trained in commercial art and while I appreciate technology, I think that we should always at least start a project by hand. See you around the galaxy...

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm still old fashioned and can get lost in paging through scrapbooks but I could certainly get just as lost digitally!

    • KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I like my real scrapbooks, which are loaded with event tickets and dimensional objects. No one else will find value in them, though.

    • Alexandra Douglas 4 years ago from Florida

      I like old fashioned but the digital looks intriguing

    • Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I actually prefer the real thing, but the digital age is with us, I would like more variations in the digital books, but can see them taking off.

    • GabStar 4 years ago

      I like turning the pages

    • SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      I like both - digital for ease but I think nothing is as good as the "real thing". :)

    • ikepius 4 years ago

      Am am old fashioned guy. I like doing it the old way.

    • guestmenot 4 years ago

      nice post

    • Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      I like both, however, I'm not sure if the digital way of doing it is "Acid Free". Lol

    I like the idea of digitally creating scrapbooks.

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      • MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

        I love Digital Scrapbooking as I don't have the space of finances for regular Scrapbooking, but I'm sitting on my computer a lot and can squeeze in something every now and then!

      • soaringsis 4 years ago

        I like the digital scrapbooks.

      • hartworks lm 4 years ago

        I've been doing digital scrapping for a while now, really love it. I use Photoshop Elements and have a blast!

      • KaneshiaKelly 4 years ago

        I think that digital scrapbooking is the definitely something that would interest me.

      • JackieM293 4 years ago

        I think my daughter would love digital scrapbooking, we'll definitely be giving it a go after our next holiday. Thanks for the insight.

      • Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

        I like a combination of both - I like to create some items digitally, then print them out so I can cut and paste. I've also made many e-albums and slide shows and I like them way better than the old 35mm slides!

      • Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

        Both. But Digital sounds exciting!

      • JenaleeMortensen 4 years ago

        I like to scrapbook the old-fashioned way. I enjoy adding extra touches to the pages. Digital scrapbooks are nice because you can share a copy with several people and they will all get the same thing. It is also faster and easier and less expensive. I'll probably do more digital scrapbooks, though I still like to do traditional scrapbooking too.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I use both equally. With digital, I can convert to a jpeg and use them in a slideshow and burn them to dvd for friends and family. They love them!

      • Frankie Kangas 4 years ago from California

        Gosh I'm not sure which I like best. I haven't done either but have just purchased an album to create for my mom of her visit with me. But heck, I want one too! So, I think digital is the way to go. Guess I'll be returning the album!

      • Chris 4 years ago from Katy

        I think they both have a purpose and I like them both. You can get really creative with an "old-fashioned" one but you can get really "shareable" with a digital one. Lately, I've been leaning more towards the online books.

      • Molly Stevens 4 years ago

        Smilebox looks like a really neat and easy to use program. I think I might like to try it .

      • RihannaFan 4 years ago

        Fantastic! First time i heard about something like this :)

      • VeronicaHaynes 4 years ago

        Neat! I enjoy using Smilebox for digital Christmas cards. For myself, it's digital all the way. Traveling as much as I do, I can no longer carry albums or books. And if it's on a usb or laptop, I'm less likely to lose it.

      • bwet 4 years ago

        the digital way of scrapbooking for me!

      • Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

        These days, digital fits my schedule perfectly! (And it won't burn up in a fire.)

      • jarajelissa 4 years ago

        Nice information :) i like it

      • Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

        Since I'm not patient enough for the Glue-Paper-Scissors variety and I take digital photos anyway, Digital seems like the best option for me.

      • EndorsedAudio LM 4 years ago

        Digital all the way

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      Tell Me Why You Love Scrapbooking

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          Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

          Congrats on LotD. Blessed and added to my lens..Squid Angel flinnie.

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          Srena44 4 years ago

          great lens

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          maijame 4 years ago

          Congratulations on LoTD. Never knew about digital scrapbooking, but I think I might give it a try after reading your lens.

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          kayla_harris 4 years ago

          Because it is funny!

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          eccles1 4 years ago

          Wow very cool !!

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          soaringsis 4 years ago

          Congratulations on your LoTD. Thanks for sharing.

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          NewUsedCarsSacramento 4 years ago

          Scrap booking is the best and most unique way to preserve your memories and activities that had happens in your life and always give a reason to smile!snug

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          Madonaa 4 years ago

          as it is a memory of one of my favorite things!

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          Ken Parker 4 years ago from Tacoma, Wa

          Great lense. Nice job on LOTD

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          Squidpress 4 years ago

          What I love about scrapbooking is how it occupies my mind

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          Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

          Congratulations on winning the Lens of The Day (LOTD)!!!

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          Paul Turner 4 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

          Super job!

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          Tobint44 LM 4 years ago

          I'm not that into it, but my wife loves scrap booking. I linked her to this lens!

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          craftycollector 4 years ago

          I'm keen on anything which helps people to be creative. Both cardmaking and scrapbooking do just that. When people make something - anything, it is one step closer to real creativity, and that leads to being entgreprenurial, and perhaps to discovering a creative idea which can become the basis of a business, and potentialty creating employment.

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          Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

          Congrats on LOTD!

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          Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

          Interesting lens...I think I'd like to do this. Congratualtions on LotD!

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          AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

          I'll have to look into this. Thanks for the information. Congratulations on your LOTD, and being on Anderson (one of my favorite shows).

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          pawpaw911 4 years ago

          Interesting. Haven't' tried it, but might. Congratulations on LOTD.

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          MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 4 years ago from Jersey Shore

          Something I should be doing with all the old photos and such! Congrats on LotD!


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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I'm really not into scrapbooking but I am impressed with your approach and your attention to detail. Congratulations on getting LoTD!

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          Monica Ranstrom 4 years ago

          Super fun lens! I love to keep track of the memories. I keep anything I can from trips and work those into the scrapbook!

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          gypsyman27 lm 4 years ago

          It is not a hobby that I've embraced but I fell that I could learn to love the genre'. See you around the galaxy...

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I like your idea of the slideshow, like you say there are so many choices and formats that there has to be something just right for everyone. By the way, congratulations on being a guest on Anderson Cooper and scoring that tour of DC Comics.....and a purple star AND LotD!

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          KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

          I haven't tried digital scrapbooking yet, but do want to organize my family photos so they don't just end up in a dumpster someday. Thanks for sharing your experience and advice. Congratulations on LOTD.

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          Chris 4 years ago from Katy

          Very nice, I haven't used smilebox yet, have been more into other video formats instead, but will be looking at giving this a try.

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          Alexandra Douglas 4 years ago from Florida

          I love taking photos and artwork. Combining the two brings a good memory.

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          BillyPilgrim LM 4 years ago

          Very nice lens - does bring back a lot of memories!

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          MichaelDubrovnik 4 years ago

          Very cute lens. You brought us a great memory.

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          squidluck 4 years ago

          I like that digital. Easier and faster. I want to see the finish product the soonest possible. I will give this a try.Thanks and congratulation LoTD.

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          SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

          It's a wonderful way of sharing memories. I didn't know about Smilebox so I must give it a try.

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          aquarian_insight 4 years ago

          Congratulations on LoTD! An interesting lens.

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          rahuls66 4 years ago

          Nice lens. Simple and well explained!

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          VeronicaHaynes 4 years ago

          Awesome lens!

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          bwet 4 years ago

          beautiful lens. definitely deserve the LOTD. Liked!

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          Delia 4 years ago

          Congratulations for the LOTD! I like scrapbooking, but sadly have too many things on my plate to dedicate time...thanks for sharing, I like Anderson Cooper.

          Great lens and scrapbook!

          ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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          tobydavis 4 years ago

          Lovely lens - really like the contrast between traditional and digital scrap-booking.

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          Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

          Very cool and a great choice for Lens of the Day! Congratulations!

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          poldepc lm 4 years ago

          hello...congrats on the LOTD...

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          VeseliDan 4 years ago

          I love this scrapbooking lens because it is written really great! *blessed*

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Congratulations for the LOTD.

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          anupma lm 4 years ago

          Great lense. I enjoyed a lot. Thanks for sharing.

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          thememorybooksh1 4 years ago

          very very nice lens, i really enjoyed it...!!

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          KryptoniteKrunch 4 years ago

          Scrapbooking is really fun, going through photos old and new. Thanks for posting this lens!

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          WriterJanis2 4 years ago

          Enjoyed the family Smilebox playback. Someone really likes superheroes! Congrats on LOTD!

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          EndorsedAudio LM 4 years ago

          congrats on lens of the day. great lens

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          Debra Lobel 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

          @Deadicated LM: Thanks. My family really liked it, too.

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          Deadicated LM 4 years ago

          Cool Lens. Scrapbooking is a great way to preserve your memories and family history.

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          psiloveyou1 5 years ago

          Very nice lens. What a wonderful trip! God bless you for bringing a difficult and controversial topic to light.