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About MarleMac - Closet Scrapbooker Extraordinaire

Updated on November 10, 2014

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 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 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

Class Photo Section Collage
Class Photo Section Collage

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

Graffiti Wall
Graffiti Wall

You can make your own Graffiti!

Type in your word and magically transform it into GRAFFITI!

Individual Student Mugshots - gave the opportunity to write messages or sign

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Journal Pages ThemePin Badges ThemeiPod Music Theme
Journal Pages Theme
Journal Pages Theme
Pin Badges Theme
Pin Badges Theme
iPod Music Theme
iPod Music Theme

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!

Their Facebook Page Cover
Their Facebook Page Cover

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

The School's symbol is a Bush Pig!
The School's symbol is a Bush Pig!

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!

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.

My Memories Suite v3 with Colossal Kit [Download]
My Memories Suite v3 with Colossal Kit [Download]

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!)

Normal Scrapbooker?

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!

Thanks for Popping by! - Would love to meet you!

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      MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

      @favored: Thank you so much, and for popping in. I love being creative!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I've never done any like this. Enjoyed your creative ideas to scrapbooking. You do really nice work.

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      MarleMac 4 years ago from South Africa

      @MarathonRunning: Thanks, Martina! I also love Scrapbooks and made an Interior Decorating one a couple of years ago from all my favourite articles in a stack of magazines. It was quite cool because I then discovered what my favourite style was!

      It was great chatting to you the other day!

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      Martina 4 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Nice article, thanks for sharing your ideas! I too love digital scrapbooking, but I like the ordinary one too. I`m not a passionate collector and don`t believe in collectors philosophy, but adore scrapbooks, especially if they are personally made.

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      MarleMac 4 years ago from South Africa

      @tonyleather: Thanks SO much Tony! I'm just flexing my wings...

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      Nice lens! You have some good lenses out there and seem like a passionate person. Glad to see you here, and will keep an eye out for your lenses!

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      MarleMac 4 years ago from South Africa

      @susan369: Oh I can so relate to this! Thanks for popping in, Susan!

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      susan369 4 years ago

      Lack of space is what turned me to digital as well. Plus, I can buy as much (digital) stash as I want and husband never finds out!

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      MarleMac 4 years ago from South Africa

      @flycatcherrr: My thoughts exactly!!! I used to have a craft room, but we've just moved into a small house with not even a dining room table, so digital it is!

      Thanks for popping in and Liking my lens!

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      Digital scrapbooking looks like a lot of fun. I like the idea of a creative outlet that doesn't involve taking over my diningroom table with a never-put-away mess of scraps and materials!

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      MarleMac 4 years ago from South Africa

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks so much Susan! I really enjoy zooming around on the internet looking for inspiration and finding the craziest things and now I can use them in a great fashion. It's also got the potential to turn into a moneymaking hobby, just gotta finish THIS one first! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Your projects look fabulous! And what a great way to contribute to the school and our son's class. Great hobby, great job!