Digital Scrapbooking is a relatively new form of traditional print scrapbooking that is done using a computer, digital or scanned photos and computer software.
One of the biggest pros of digital scrapbooking is the freedom to experiment. Because of computer technology, users have the option of erasing their mistakes and starting fresh as often as they like.
1. Choose a software First choose a photo editing/digital scrapbooking program to use.
- Online Services: Some, like Shutterfly and Smilebooks, focus primarily on printing. While others like Scrapblog and Smilebox focus on sharing. Most of these offer ready made templates that you simply add your photos and some journaling to. Designing and sharing are generally free, but you have to pay to print. They are fast and easy, but can be very limiting used on their own.
- Digital Scrapbooking Software: This would be programs like Picaboo, Scrapbook Max and Scrapbookflair. In most cases you are able to purchase kits from other sites, such as Free Digital Scrapbooking, and then create your own pages. They are fairly easy to use, but can seem awkward at times. You can create basic layouts, but don't have the freedom to alter/enhance your photos or elements.
- Photo Editing Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 , Corel Paint Shop Pro, and a new program called ACDSee.
- Professional Photo Editing/Design Software: This would include programs like Adobe Photoshop CS4 , CorelDRAW, and Illustrator Creative Suite 4. You can professionally edit you photographs and easily design your own papers, embellishments, etc, although the cost is steeper.
2. Find a free trial
3. Get Started!