About MarleMac - Closet Scrapbooker Extraordinaire
My discovery of a New Hobby
Love Photography - Check. Love Crafts - Check.
Have Time? - No! Space? - No!
But I have a computer that I'm sitting in front of just about all the time...so...Enter Digital Scrapbooking!!!!
I've always said if I had more time and lots of money that I would probably be a scrapbooker. I didn't even know there was such a thing as Digital Scrapbooking! Gasp! Splutter you go! Oh yes! Until a few months ago I wasn't even on the web. Now I am, thanks to my new "hobby".
You see, I've got a son that was in his last year of school last year and I have never done anything for his school, so I thought about what I could do to contribute something. I do all our company's inhouse design, and a year or two ago I did a photobook for my husband to celebrate his 30 years in the Martial Arts. It came out very well so I thought, wouldn't it be great to do a yearbook for his class at school with all their year's events and highlights in?
Yearbooks are a huge thing in the States, but here in South Africa we're only starting to touch on this type of thing now that photobooks are the in thing to do here!
So I approached the school, one thing led to another and lo and behold...my new hobby was born!
Celebration Photobook for my Husband - I love design!
This photobook (my first!) was very basic, because I had to do it in secret to hide it from him, so I did it very square with the odd remark in here and there and found a local online photobook publisher that did coffee table type books. It came out stunningly!
His whole martial arts club pitched in to pay for it, we all signed it and he was stunned beyond words!
But I knew I could do better design and a coffee table book is such a nice momento to have lying around that you can brag with! Now I just needed some excuse to do another one...
A School Yearbook!
Our son would have a wonderful momento of his LAST YEAR!!!
Something personal - something unique
I approached the school and when I (finally) got the go ahead for the project, which was going to be funded partly by students paying for the book and partly by selling advertising space, I had found the perfect printers. They were able to put together a coffee table book for each student with their own photo and name title page as well as a section with their friends photos that could be signed by them on their last day at school! Awesome!
One of the old students of the school has an internet provider company and when I approached him, he was more than willing to pay for an advert in the book, not in money but with a contract for uncapped internet access for a year! Finally! I have now got access to the internet!
...and then I started browsing and looking for ideas...
Discovery! I was doing Scrapbooking - in a Digital Format!
...and there were other people doing it too and publishing their work on the internet and it was called Digital Scrapbooking!
I was in heaven!
I went bananas!
I downloaded and discovered the most amazing things!
I was able to put together the first section of the yearbook that my son and his friends at school could sign on their last day at school!
It was a HUGE HIT!!!
The Class Page Section - Each Class had a Theme
You can make your own Graffiti!
Type in your word and magically transform it into GRAFFITI!
- Graffiti Creator
What an amazing site!
Individual Student Mugshots - gave the opportunity to write messages or signClick thumbnail to view full-size
I'm now totally hooked!
I've found something that has everything I'm interested in
together in one thing!
The Facebook Page Cover during Exam Time!
Lots Still to DO!
Loads of Photographs to go through
to choose the best ones for each section!
30 Gigs of Photos - I used a Collage Program to do this representation
I've learnt so much
especially about what NOT to do!
The school approved the project very late in the year, so I could not really involve the students and teachers in putting together the different sections. That left me with a lot of work to do for this particular book and I've had to scale it down dramatically from what I planned originally. But hopefully it will still be an awesome keepsake!
I've taken on the project for three years in a row, so this year I will definitely involve the students from the beginning of the year, so they do all the work! They know their school better than I do!
A Digital Camera...
Scrapbookers Unite! - Some tools you will need
Besides needing access to the internet, there are a couple of basics every Digital Scrapbooker need in their arsenal for achieving greatness.
and obviously THIS to do your photobook with!
Humans Love to Collect
Scrapbooking is the Art of
Displaying Memories Visually
Are you a Scrapbooker? - (it's OK if you're not...Really!)
Life is like Photography
We develop from the Negatives
What do you think of the idea of Scrapbooking?
Does someone in your family Scrap? Or make PhotoBooks? Have you ever been gifted with one?
You can leave me a quick note here...I love meeting other interesting people!