Easy Digital Scrapbooking
I love scrapbooking but can never find the time to really do it like I want to. I also have tons of pictures on my computer that I have saved from my phone over the years, but not since my son was a little boy have I actually had any printed up of him.
I recently needed to do a digital scrapbooking project for a slideshow at work, and decided to try it at home for fun. I was surprised how much stuff is available for free, and how much fun it can be. I am still very much a beginner, so I am sure there are many more resources out there, but I am happy to share what I have found.
There is a free software I found that makes a great tool for creating your scrapbook pages. There are many more "pro" options available if you want to purchase the full version, but I have been able to get a great deal done without paying for anything. I must admit, however, that it is very tempting because a lot of the things they offer are adorable and pretty cheap. For now, though, I'm sticking with free.
Taking photos from a recent trip to Dauphin Island, Alabama with my family, I put together a beachy, water-themed layout featuring the boys on the beach.
Using the software, I started with a premade layout at first, and added embellishments. For my next project, I got a little more brave and started with a plain textured background and did everything from scratch. I like how they turned out!
There is a whole community around this particular software, and I am sure there are more out there to explore. I hope you find a little inspiration and get started on your own digital scrapbooking pages too. Be sure to share your links. I can't wait to see what you all come up with!
Time required: 30 Minutes
- Digital Photos
- CraftArtist Compact (Free Download) or other Software
- Digikits (free from CraftArtist or other)
- Photo Editing software (optional)
1. Download Craft Artist (or your own digital scrapbooking software of choice) This one is free for basic functions download here
This is a screen shot of how it looks once you've got it set up.
2. There are premade backgrounds with different themes, but for this one I pulled in a blank background. Then you can start adding your photos and placing wherever you want. Here is a work in progress.
Craft artist has a lot of free templates but there are tons you can buy that are fairly inexpensive (Usually around $5). Both come with embellishments, frames, backgrounds, tags, and all kinds of fun doo dads. If I had the time, I could spend hours playing with it all!
3. You will also need a photo editing software. Just your basic functions are necessary, such as cropping, etc. (these features are available with full version of Craft Artist, which I do not have yet).
I had to play around a little bit and see where I wanted to put my photos, then go to my photo editing software to get them like I wanted them. I use paint.net (also free)
4. Arrange your photos and add frames (optional). One of my favorite features is "frames", which will automatically crop and fit your photo into the premade frames that come with the digikits. Very cool!
Since I was going with a water theme, I used these water bubble frames. Aren't they awesome? I love how they will just pop your photos in there with no cropping needed.
5. Embellish and publish! Ta da! Easy peasy and it did not cost me a dime! Once you're done, you can create a slideshow and show them off at family gatherings or just share with your family and friends. If your pictures are high enough quality to print, you could even print on acid free photo paper and frame your favorites. What a great gift!