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This is a great question!
When I was a paper scrapper, I was very familiar with the aisles in the craft store dedicated to the hobby! I could spend hours and a bit too much money playing with all the fun papers and stickers!
It isn’t completely different in digital scrapping!
Papers — Just like the 12×12 papers you can find in a craft store, digital scrapping has 12×12 sheets of papers that come in patterns and plain and kraft and pretty much everything you’d find at your local shop! But here’s the great news…in digital, you can use the same paper over and over again! How cool is that? If you mess up, no big deal! If you find a favorite, use it for multiple scrap layouts!
Elements — In paper scrapping, these elements might be stickers, ribbon, string, flowers, bows, buttons, etc. In a very similar manner, we have the same items in digital form! Often these are actual items that are scanned in and then extracted or cut out and recolored to work for the project. Again, these can also be used again and again!
Kits — Kits are not as common in paper scrapping as they are in digital scrapping! Most digital products are sold in a kit format. This means that it has papers and elements that follow a theme and are coordinated.
Mini Kits — Mini kits are just smaller versions of kits!
Bundles — Bundles are usually lots of products that are coordinated and work together. It usually includes Journal cards and Titles and extra papers and extra tags, etc.
Templates — Templates are layered shapes that can have papers clipped to them and other shapes that are place holders for elements, title, etc. They are a great way to build a layout!
Software — This can be varied and there are so many options out there! Many scrapbook in Photoshop Elements which is about $80 to buy new. Most of my tutorials are in this program or the full version of Photoshop. They can be quite similar. There are other programs who do basic things and can have a variety of features. Finding the right software and then finding classes to best learn how to use it is probably the most key part of digital scrapping. If you are too overwhelmed with your program, you won’t be likely to scrap often. So take this into consideration, if you are getting started and want to know which program is best.
Printing — And then the last basic component of digital scrapping is the printing at the end! Be sure that this is included in your plan! It’s great because, unlike paper scrapping, you can print in different sizes and as many times as you want! Scrap one album but print as many as you like!
It is also worth mentioning that there are several styles of digital scrapbooking!
There are pocket scrapped layouts which are similar to Project Life. Here is an example of one of these:
I love that style for documenting the day by day memories!
There are also traditional style layouts. These are similar to a traditional paper scrapped layouts. Here is an example of one of these:
These are great for stand out layouts, things you want to feature or highlight.
There is also a mixed media style of layouts where scrappers use a lot of different forms of media to create layouts. These are very artistic. And while I love looking at these, I’m not the most skilled at making them myself. This is an example of one that was completed by my creative team:
And to help you kick things off and get your feet wet with a program, I have a video showing how to use a quickpage to add your photos. This can be done even in Canva, which is free! And I show that in the following video:
Isn’t it amazing how many different looks and styles can be created with digital scrapping? The options are really endless! I want to help you get started, even if it is just to try it out! So I have put together a resource library packed with free products. There are mini kits and templates and quickpages (these are pages already scrapped and you just put in your photo!). My purpose with this library is to give you as many tools and resources as I can! It’s a great way to experiment and see what best works for you!
Here are a few examples of products in my Resource Library:
I also have a youtube channel with almost 100 tutorial videos! You can check that out HERE!
So have a look around, download some free products, try out a few tutorials and see what you think! I always say that you need to scrap three layouts before you can truly decide whether or not this hobby is for you!
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