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Scrapbooking Ideas: Do you prefer Traditional Scrapbooking or Digital Scrapbooking?

Do you do any scrapbooking? A scrapbook is simply an album into which clippings or notes or pictures can be pasted. I do scrapbooking from time to time just to organize all our photos. It's also a great way to declutter my photo files. I have opted to do digital scrapbooking instead of the traditional scrapbooking. Why? Because for me,
  • it is easier -I just have to look for the digital picture, copy-paste it onto a page with layout, add embellishments and text and everything is done with the click of a mouse.
  • it is less messy -I don't have to cut and paste manually a lot of papers and art materials.
Besides, nowadays, what we have are digital photos. I have found a website about a year ago where a free tutorial on digital scrapbooking is offered. By becoming a memeber, I got a free Basic Digital Scrapbooking course and free templates. If you're interested you can get the same course free. The Most Incredible FREE Digital Scrapbook Gift... EVER! With what I learned, I was even able to make my own printable invitation cards and greeting cards. If you're a newbie in scrapbooking just like I was, you probably would learn a lot from this free membership.

I also use another website for my digital scrapbooking called Artscow. I have made a post about it before called Digital Scrapbooking for Fun and Profits. And since I made an account with them, I have already ordered 4 photo books from them. I like the quality and it's a great way to get my digital photos into an organized print form at a cheap price also. They often offer promotional deals (discounted photo books plus free shipping). I just make the photo books when I have the time and order them for printing when there is a promo.  Just like this photo book for which I only paid about $10.99 (normal price is about $28 including shipping). Click the thumbnail below to see a sample of the photo book.   You can still get this 30-paged 8x8 photobook at $10.99 with free shipping just put the coupon code 3039PBKS. If you want the  39-paged photobook at $12.99, just input the same coupon code. This offer will expire on October 31, 2011.

Regarding making traditional scrapbooks, we have made one for my daughter because it was required as their special project in Science. They were asked by their teacher to collect photos and show how they were growing.  Good thing, I have some of her old photos printed and I just printed out some of the new ones.  The good thing about making this scrapbook is that it was a nice bonding time with my daughter. My other daughter is also asking me that we do her scrapbook also.

How about you, do you do any scrapbooking? Or do you still have time to do it?


Hi thanks for sharing this. You make it sound so easy. I will look into this for myself. :)
It's easy but it takes time. If you don't make time for it, it will be difficult to finish any project.
Mommy R said…
just perfect for what i needed right now chin... i'm looking for a site who can help me make a personalized birthday invitation for bella... I do hope may mga free...

thanks for this post...
Lainy said…
I always want to do scarpbooking. I will certainly bookmark this post.

Thanks for the visit at

See yah!
I do a lot of traditional scrapbooking (not that I'm really a dab hand at it) because I'm a real fiend for preserving stuff. I have yet to try digital scrapbooking, but I bet that can get me hooked to if I give it a chance. :)
krizza said…
Thanks for your visit Chin and for the nice comments.

I did drop by here a couple of times and able to read this post already and I wanted to ask something from u but I'm always in a hurry the past few days.

Like ko din kasi mag order ng photo book sa artscow. Kaya lang I doubt if madali lang i design yung photo book. But the price sounds reasonable. Any advice?
Chin chin said…
@Rovie, the free scrapbooking tutorials are really basic. It uses a free software by Open Office and the invitation I made with it is also very simple but cute.

@Lainy, if you have the time, try it. Thanks for the visit too.

@spinninglovelydays, I got hooked in digital scrapbooking because I really like the fact that I was able to have a portion of our digital photos in print form. My kids really like browsing through our family photo books and it is not the same as just looking at photos on the computer screen.

@Krizza, at Artscow, you will be required to download a free software so you can use their photo book designer online.

You can design the photo books from scratch. They have all the tools like background templates, text styles, layouts, embellishments provided. You can just click and drag where you want them. It's quite user-friendly though it will take some time to study how it works.

But if you're like me who is not so creative, you can also use designs that have been previously made by other users. Then all you have to do is upload your photos and put your photos in the designated areas in the layout. You could still add or remove photo layouts, embellishments, text if you like.

I hope this helps, Krizza.
krizza said…
Thank u Chin. Your detailed explanation helps a lot. I will try this myself one of these days. :)
Chin chin said…
You're welcome, Krizza. If you have any other questions, just let me know.

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