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“Oh, I could never give up paper scrapping. I love all the papers and fun embellishment too much. Digital seems too boring.”
Have you said this or had someone say this to you before? Why does digital get the bad wrap as the lazy step sister of scrapbooking?
I’m here today to challenge everything you thought you knew about scrapbooking on the computer, and by the end, I’ll have you ready to invest in your own Adobe Photoshop! And if you already love digital scrapbooking, share this with a family member or friend, the next time they think you are crazy for this hobby!
I Share Your Same Love.
Nothing excites me more than perusing the aisles of a craft store. I get a thrill from rows of pretty paper and paper flowers and ribbons and cute stickers.
The best part about digital is that I can enjoy this at home, in my pajamas, anytime I want. The stores never close and I can do it when my kids are asleep.
There are No Sprinklers.
I was an avid paper scrapper for years when my kids were little. I pulled my supplies out every chance I got. I was very proud of my books and the memories I had preserved.
One fateful day, when my second child was three, he took his album outside and left it there. We found it the next morning, dripping wet and ruined. I sat and cried. All those memories and hours of work were gone.
As a digital scrapper, I have all my photos and my scrapped layouts saved in multiple places. Not only can I easily reprint, but I can print multiple books at various sizes to give to my kids or their grandparents.
My Handwriting is Awful.
One of the things I hated most about my paper scrapped albums was trying to get my handwriting to not ruin it. I love to write about the memories but I either wrote too small or too large or wrote something and couldn’t erase it. I tried everything from writing on a card until it was right and then sticking it down to covering up my mistakes with stickers.
Digitally, I can type it out, adjust spacing, change sizing, etc. I can even use a handwriting font that is similar to mine so it looks like I hand wrote it. And if I really wanted to get authentic, I could have my own font created of my handwriting.
The Supplies are Cheaper
Back when I was paper scrapping, some of the common tools were an embosser, a blower thing for glitter and a fun paper crinkler thing. Oh and who can forget all those different types of scissors? I had a million of those.
My tools, photos, paper, various stickers and embellishments, etc. filled multiple boxes. And that was before I discovered stamps! I love that now everything is stored on my computer. I can organize things by theme or by holiday or season. Many of the things that require the purchase of tools can be done all within Photoshop. I don’t need a minc machine to get the gold look. It’s as simple as the click of a button.
I also love that digital things can be recolored, resized and reused over and over again.
In conclusions, if this hasn’t been enough to convince you, because you still picture digital layouts to be simple and boring, take a look at a few I have attached. These were all scrapped on a computer but will print in one nice layer. Notice the wide variety in them all!