Yep! It’s my belief that if you scratch the skin of any Paper Scrapbooker you’ll find a Digital Scrapbooker waiting to jump out!
In today’s world it’s almost impossible for every scrapbooker not to be using some digital techniques or components in their scrapbooking.
Just answer these questions
- Do you use a digital camera for your photos?
- Do you type your journaling on the computer and print it out before pasting it onto your scrapbook layout?
- Do you use a scanner or digital camera to display your layouts in online galleries or on your blog?
If you answered Yes to one or more of those questions then it’s time to admit it…
You’re already flirting with digital scrapbooking!
In fact you’re what’s known as a Hybrid Scrapbooker (someone who uses a mix of traditional and digital techniques and elements to create their scrapbook layouts).
On the Digital Scrapbooking Path
And as you become more comfortable with the software that allows you to improve the quality of your digital photos (like fixing the lighting, getting rid of red-eye and maybe sharpening them up a little) you’re automatically learning techniques that you use to create digital scrapbook layouts.
If you can master a word processing program then you can easily add text in your graphics editing software program.
If you can move images around with your mouse in Powerpoint then you can move your scrapbook layout components around on your digital layout.
My preferred software is Adobe Photoshop Elements as I think that it’s function rich and pretty easy to learn/use as well as being a reasonable cost. But there are many other graphics editing software packages out there, including the big guns: Adobe Photoshop and Corel PaintShop Pro.
It’s all about the layers
The fundamental thing that you need to get your head around is the concept of layers.
Each component of your layout lives on its own separate layer. If you imagine each component sitting on it’s own transparent acrylic sheet, then you can see how easy it is to build a scrapbook layout by just stacking the transparencies on top of each other and moving individual ones up and down the stack to place different components on top of others.
Once you have this you’re on your way and can really start constructing your digital layouts with elements that you download from the Internet.
Yes there are a bunch of other techniques that you will learn to improve the quality of your layouts. But Hey! Isn’t that exactly the same as when you started Paper Scrapbooking?
So why not give it a go. Get in touch with your inner Digital Scrapbooker.
I think you’ll be surprised at how much of a Digital Scrapbooker you already are.
What do you think?