Moms are usually the experts when it comes to scrapbooking. Years of documentation have given them plenty of practice in this addictive craft activity. With the aid of a digital camera and some user-friendly programs on the computer, scrapbooking can be easier yet equally enjoyable for you. Also, there's digital graphic printing that can help you achieve quality albums with great pictures.
Scrapbooking through the years
Even before Martha Stewart became a household name, a lot of women, particularly mothers, have already been documenting important events in their families' lives.
Traditionally, this process involves collecting pictures, pasting them on pages, and adding intricate details such as picture borders, cut outs of shapes, and captions.
Some people make scrapbooks for single important events such as birthdays, weddings, reunions and graduations, while others cover an entire life span from birth to each momentous occasion such as first hair cut, first day in school, lead role in a school play, prom and coming-of-age celebrations like Bar mitzvahs and sweet sixteen birthdays. Sometimes, details such as height development, favorite food and favorite cartoons are also added.
While this usual method for scrapbooking is fun and a good opportunity to bond with someone, it may be somewhat labor-intensive.
Now, busy women can still engage in this activity with a modern approach.
Break away from the old ways
Computers and digital printing can help you create great albums with as much details as traditional means. In addition, this tool and method combination allows you to unleash your creativity in less time.
With the use of a computer, you can do more with your scrapbooks without sweating. You can manipulate photos using software programs that cater to images. Restoring distorted and fading pictures is also made possible by such programs.
Here are some of the specific enhancements that you can do to your photos:
1. Pictures taken with bad lighting can be adjusted to make the colors brighter.
2. Red eyes can now be easily remedied with a few clicks on the mouse.
3. Place borders or panoramic effects on the pictures
4. Use design templates and background patterns from the internet
5. Create collages without cutting and pasting your original photos.
6. Instead of adding captions at the bottom, you can put thought bubbles to insert text
7. Use different font types, sizes and colors
8. Convert pictures to black and white, or sepia to create a flashback mood
9. Use different effects such as oil and watercolor sketches, and Gaussian blur for an artistic touch.
Digital graphic printing
o You no longer have to cut pictures and feel bad afterwards because they're your only copies. With digital graphic printing, you can print a copy for your scrapbook and print some more for other uses.
o Digital printing makes clear images with radiant colors and sharp details. You're certain that your pictures will come out looking vibrant and rich in colors.
o Another good thing about digital printing is that it allows you to print on different surfaces. You can have your pictures printed on plastic or cloth. This is the perfect way to add variety to your scrapbook entries.
Preserve memories, as well as the quality of your scrapbook. A little help from your computer and digital graphic printing can go a long way.
In today's world where everyone is so busy and always looking for ways to save time, it seems a pity that we even need to save time with our scrapbooking projects. Like all other modern technology, digital scrapbooking software was designed to make our lives easier and save us time. It is rather sad though that we even have to save time on our hobbies, which are supposed to be there for us to enjoy.
Although I have always loved conventional scrapbooking, it is always fun to try out something new, and the world of digital scrapbooking is another way to explore and unleash those creative juices.
There are lots of advantages to using digital scrapbooking software. I use scrapbooking software to make things like cards, albums as presents for the grand parents, calendars as gifts, promotional items for my business, and even posters and adverts. I also use the software to make mini albums or focal points for some of my normal scrapbooking layouts.
Digital scrapbooking is a worthwhile investment, as it has so many uses that you will no doubt use it, even if not for your scrapbooking layouts.
Here is my list of advantages for using digital scrapbooking software.
You get to complete a layout in a matter of minutes rather than hours, as there is no cutting, sticking, tracing or measuring to do. You save piles of money, as patterned paper, embellishments and the printing of your photographs can work out to quite a packet. You have an unlimited library of stock to pick from and it's all free.If you make a mistake, simply undo it and try again.
You get to save loads of space, as a stock of paper, scrapbooking tools and embellishments usually need storage of some kind. You can save your projects onto a disk, and also share them easily online with friends and relatives. Your work always looks neat and professional, as you never cut a skew line on a computer, unless you do it intentionally. No need to go to expensive classes to learn new techniques, your computer does it all for you.
Even though digital scrapbooking software does have so many advantages, there is nothing quite like the feeling of creating a stunning layout with your own skills. I strongly feel that you should start off your scrapbooking hobby by using your own skills and imagination. Use digital scrapbooking as a way to enhance your scrapbooking pages, or to try something different. But never deprive yourself of the joy that scrapbooking the old fashioned way will bring you.