Is it my imagination, or is there a bit of ‘us and them’ going on out in the scrapbooking world between traditional scrapbookers and digital scrapbookers? A sort of elitism where scrapbookers are divided into two camps; each believing that their sort of scrapbooking is the absolute best way.
I ask this question because I’ve seen a few threads on various message boards over the past few weeks where there seems to be a bit of bagging going on from scrapbookers of one genre for scrapbooking of the other genre. Traditional scrapbookers who consider that digital scrapbooking is not ‘real scrapbooking’ because it’s not tactile enough or physically dimensional enough. And Digital scrapbookers who look down their noses at all the mess and trappings surrounding traditional scrapbooking.
This seems totally pointless, unnecessary and destructive to a great hobby which generates such a wonderful community spirit. It definitely needs to be nipped in the bud. In my view, there is nothing to be gained by dividing the scrapbooking world into two camps. Both approaches share the same objectives and characteristics. The tools used to create the layouts should not be relevant. And if the layouts created by the two methods have a different look and feel to them then surely that’s a good thing. Adding to the richness and diversity of the craft.
As a hybrid scrapper I enjoy the best of both worlds. I enjoy looking at both kinds of layouts, and admire the skill behind their creation. And I like to print out my digital layouts and add ‘real’ embellishments to them. It’s all scrapbooking!
I think that we’ll see a lot more hybrid scrapbooking in the next year or two and hopefully this will serve to bring the two scrapbooking ‘camps’ closer together. Here’s an excerpt from a great article I found:
The gap between traditional and digital scrapbookers has already narrowed in recent years with the rising popularity of digital photography.
Traditional scrapbookers downloading images from their cameras onto the computer quickly found they were able to view, edit and share their images through Web sites like Kodak’s EasyShare Gallery, Flickr and Google’s Picasa. Social networking through blogs, camera phones, message boards and sites like MySpace.com also drove the movement to share digital images.
Image creation and manipulation software like Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements has also helped traditional scrapbookers design pages faster and easier. And in some cases, the results have been better-looking. With computers, scrappers can make straighter lines, generate neater-looking lettering and experiment more without having to commit. Virtual papers and embellishments, which become available as soon as digital designers create them online, have also allowed traditional scrappers to acquire the trendiest, latest products without having to wait months for them in stores.
But many traditional scrappers, still preferring the tactile nature so inherent in scrapbooking, see hybrid as the way to have the best of both worlds. They use digital elements to create part of their pages and physical embellishments to finish the job.
Digital scrappers have also gone traditional. Many of them — frustrated with the flat, fake look of virtual ribbons, flowers and tags — started printing out their pages and pasting real buttons or bows over the ones they’d digitally created. And even though the industry has responded with more photo-realistic adornments, many digi-scrappers have decided they like the mix. Now, many of them are printing out their cyber designs and turning them into 3-D gifts like cards, albums and even decoupaged home décor.
by Lisa Hutchurson
Scraps of Mind is a blog about scrapbooking. All kinds of scrapbooking, and then some.
I think all my readers enjoy the diversity that different styles and methods bring to this craft. Let’s spread that message to other scrappers.
OK I’m stepping carefully down off my soap box now. But I’d love to hear your views.