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Friday, November 4, 2011

Ack! I almost forgot National Digital Scrapbooking Day!

Yes, that really exists. I think this might be the first one. Nevertheless, as you probably know, I don’t do paper scrapbooking at all anymore. I’m all digital…it frees up lots of time (well, okay, some time) for card-making and other crafts.

When I feel like making a page, it takes about 30 minutes, start to finish. I don’t have to get out all my supplies…they’re right on the computer. I don’t have to drive into town to pick up the right size photos…they’re right on the computer, too. And I can easily edit them and make them just the right size.

There are so many great digi-scrapping sites now, and Stampin’ Up! has its own program, My Digital Studio. I admit I haven’t worked a lot with it. I started with Adobe Photoshop Elements almost 6 years ago, long before My Digital Studio, so I like PSE because I’ve learned it. I can still use the Stampin’ Up! papers, elements, and stamps…I just import them into PSE.

Some of my favorite sites are,, and They all have great freebies to get you started, whether you want to build your own page or just plug some photos into a completed page. Easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy!

Oh, and did I mention how easy it makes gift-giving? I make 1 page, then I can copy it as many times as I need to for photobooks or cards. I’ve been doing Project Scrap from Shabby Princess this year. I take 2 photos a week, then use their templates to make 2 pages per month. I sub in my own papers, embellishments, and journaling and make it my own.

One last thing…I was worried that my scrapbooks wouldn’t have my handwriting in them, for posterity to admire (because my writing is just that lovely…not). I found a site called and made a font of my own writing for about $10. Totally worth it and it took about 5 minutes to do. Now I have my own writing for my digipages. I’m sure there are lots of sites that do the same thing; it was just the one I saw first. You can kinda see it below on the watermark on the photo.

So here’s my favorite page I’ve done lately. I find I scrap a lot more “moments” rather than just events now that it’s faster. I make about 200 scrapbook pages a year currently, many more than I would have time and patience for if I were paper scrapping.

26 years since we met, and he’s still my favorite G.I.! This photo was taken while he watched the boys hauling wood from the nether reaches of our yard to the porch before the snow flies. Doesn’t he look full of joy, watching them work?

If you’re looking for a new craft, or a way to scrap more quickly, I hope you give digi-scrapping a try…there are even on-line crops, so you can still have a (sorta) social experience!

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