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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?

© 2014 Debra Lobel

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

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

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      great lens

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      maijame 5 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 5 years ago

      Because it is funny!

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      Wow very cool !!

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your LoTD. Thanks for sharing.

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      Ken Parker 5 years ago from Tacoma, Wa

      Great lense. Nice job on LOTD

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      Squidpress 5 years ago

      What I love about scrapbooking is how it occupies my mind

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

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

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      Paul Turner 5 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      Super job!

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      Tobint44 LM 5 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 5 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 5 years ago from Vermont

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

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

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      AlleyCatLane 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago from Florida

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

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      BillyPilgrim LM 5 years ago

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

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      MichaelDubrovnik 5 years ago

      Very cute lens. You brought us a great memory.

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      squidluck 5 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 5 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 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LoTD! An interesting lens.

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      rahuls66 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Simple and well explained!

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      VeronicaHaynes 5 years ago

      Awesome lens!

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      bwet 5 years ago

      beautiful lens. definitely deserve the LOTD. Liked!

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      Delia 5 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 5 years ago

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

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

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

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      hello...congrats on the LOTD...

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations for the LOTD.

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      anupma lm 5 years ago

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

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      thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

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

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      KryptoniteKrunch 5 years ago

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

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

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

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      EndorsedAudio LM 5 years ago

      congrats on lens of the day. great lens

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      Debra Lobel 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

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

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      Deadicated LM 5 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.