Monday, February 23, 2009

Digital Scrapbooking...Taking the Plunge!

Ok so I did it, I tried my hand at digital scrapbooking. Wow! What a ton of work! It's really amazing though! I know I won't abandon traditional scrapbooking anytime soon, but this was really fun to try. I've never really done much in Photoshop, especially with the layers tool, but I'm pretty happy with my progress so far. I'll show you my second and third attempts, the first was just practice. I'll go back and change that later, but at least it taught me what to do and what not to do!
I had been debating even trying digital scrapbooking up until this last weekend. I never saw the appeal. I thought there was no way I would sit in front of a computer to make a scrapbook page! I was proven wrong...
We went on a surprise road trip to Vegas to join in on the celebration for my grandparent's 50th wedding anniversary. One of my aunts had put together a digital scrapbook for them with their wedding pics, and then all their kids/grandkids/greatgrandkids pics with wedding photos, etc. Then they made a DVD out of it! It was just so fantastic that it made me want to give it a try. Like most things I do, I researched it all day yesterday and then tonight I tried it.

I think this could end up being a new addiction. I want to have them printed at the place recommended by the site I downloaded the free kits from. If I like the result, I may do both traditional and digital in the kids' books. It might end up being a time saver, as well as a cost saver depending on the price of printing. It still did take me a while to do, and I still had to tap into my creative juices to make them. It was certainly not as easy as I thought it would be! There is still so much to learn, but at least it's fun so far!

I'll tell you though, I felt like a huge idiot trying to figure out how to crop the paper to fit behind my photos, and I was so proud of myself when I realized I could rotate the little ribbons (DUH!) and when I got the journaling just right on those strips in the second photo. *pats self on back* Again, it's a learning process, but I'm pretty excited by it all. It's just weird not actually feeling the ribbons, or laying the page out by hand.

All free digital products used (and amazing tutorials!) can be found at Shabby Princess. There are also a few more out there, they are just a "Google" away! Shabby Princess is the first one that pulled up for me, and I was really pleased with their free selection.

I wasn't sure if I should be counting these in my layout count for the year, but my hubs said he should. He said I spent just as much time on these as I would have done on a traditional one, and that I spent as much time agonizing over colors/placement as I usually do. So...I guess I will!

YTD: 40 pages

Completed tonight: 2 pages (well 3 but that was practice...I'll fix and post it later!)

Total: 42 pages (As of today I should be at 54)

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