Creating a digital scrapbook:
First, you need to choose your software. There are two basic types of software digital scrapbookers use. Which type of program you use will depend on how you want to scrapbook.
- The Layout Program: A layout program is very user friendly. It allows you to easily create a page using pre-made graphics which can be found all over the web. Scrapbook Flair has a fabulous FREE layout program!
- The Photo Editing Program: A photo editing program offers much more flexibility when creating digital scrapbook pages (you can create your own graphics for example), but it’s also more challenging to use. GIMP is a free photo editing program that some digital scrapbookers use. I use Photoshop Elements.
Then, I suggest you check out the FREE ebook 15 Things You NEED to Know to Become a GREAT Digital Scrapbooker by Scrap Girls so that you know how to organize all the fabulous content you’re going to download.
Next, you’ll want to visit some digital scrapbooking websites to gather some digital elements to create your first page with. These are my favorite sources for content:
- Digital-Crea.fr- It’s well worth joining their mailing list, several beautiful FREE kits are offered every week.
- Shabby Princess- Historically has been one of the best sites available for FREE content, but hasn’t added a new free scrapbook kit for quite some time. Still, the old kits are available, fabulous, and FREE! The NEW Shabby Shoppe has great new content!
- Faith Sisters- Has several fabulous kits and a wide selection of FREE content too!
- Free Digital Scrapbooking- Has a wide range of great FREE content.
- Scrapbook Flair- Has an ever growing selection of FREE downloads.
Sharing your work:
Printing your digital scrapbook:
Shutterfly is the only place that I trust when it comes to printing my digital scrapbooks or digital scrapbook pages.
Shutterfly has the BEST customer service available. They are quick, helpful, and always available. Shutterfly also has a 100% satisfaction guarantee and they really do stand by it. I had a problem with a printing once. They replaced the item right away at no charge to me with no questions asked. I’ve never had such an easy guarantee experience!
Shutterfly will never delete your digital scrapbook pages! I upload all my pages to Shutterfly, even the ones I’m not sure I’m going to print, because sometimes my computer crashes. I have peace of mind knowing I can access the file again easily through Shutterfly. Storage is unlimited and always free!
Shutterfly photo books are beautiful and have the highest quality printing and binding available.