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Scrapbooking Reinvents Itself as a Digital Craft

Apr 7, 2008
Not very long ago, scrapbooking became one of the most popular and fastest-growing hobbies in the country as enthusiasts everywhere rushed to their favorite craft supply store to pick up the newest stickers, borders, and embellishments. The versatility and personal nature of this craft captured the interest of even those who claimed to be uninterested in crafts and creative projects.

While scrapbooking has enjoyed steady popularity for quite some time now, a new form of this addictive craft has been cropping up all over the Internet: digital scrapbooking. Digital scrapbooking lets you harness your creativity while preserving precious memories, just like traditional scrapbooking. It also provides many benefits over traditional scrapbooking.

Digital scrapbooking lets you manipulate images and put them into many various configurations without harming or degrading the image. Since the images are scanned into a computer, you can use them as many times as you like. You no longer have to worry about making multiple copies or risking damage to a precious original photograph-you can use a picture file as often as you like with no damage to the original picture.

You also can use and re-use elements of your pages over and over, so you'll save money and reduce the environmental impact of your scrapbooking hobby. You use traditional scrapbooking supplies only one time; once they are in position, trying to rearrange them can result in damage to the page. Digital embellishments, however, can be moved, removed, manipulated, and re-used infinitely.

Although one of the advantages of digital scrapbooking is being able to share your finished pages instantly on the Internet or through e-mail, you aren't limited to only viewing the pages on your computer screen. You can print your pages and place them into a scrapbook for a traditional twist on this updated hobby. Some scrapbook enthusiasts even have their digital pages professionally bound into fine hardcover books.

If you are eager to dive right into digital scrapbooking, you might need some inspiration to get started. Luckily, there is a wealth of websites, which offer information on layouts and ideas, as well as free digital scrapbooking elements. Because scrapbooking is such a popular and habit-forming hobby, enthusiasts around the world have started their own websites to share their best practices and ideas with other lovers of scrap.

It may be tempting to buy scrapbooking software to get all of those fancy embellishments and elements, but for the casual scrapbook enthusiast that may not be necessary. Finding free scrapbooking ideas is often as easy as performing a simple Internet search. Plenty of scrapbooking sites give you free theme ideas as well as downloadable elements to use on your own pages.

The free scrapbooking ideas offered by these sites will help get your creativity rolling and get you started on your next scrapbooking project. One of the best ways to get new ideas is to look at what other scrapbook lovers have accomplished in the past.

Take a browse through the galleries of scrapbook enthusiast websites for inspiration on themes, backgrounds and layouts. You might be surprised to find scrapbook ideas for things other than photographs-if you can scan it, you can scrap it. Things like special travel tickets, receipts from a memorable night, the wine label from the night you got engaged, and handmade greeting cards can all be added to a digital scrapbook to enhance it and make it even more personal and precious to you.
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There are countless free ideas out there for digital scrapbooking. If you need inspiration or a way to get started in this fantastic hobby, you'll never be at a loss for new and exciting concepts. With a little imagination and creativity, you can begin producing personal, meaningful and fun digital scrapbook pages almost immediately.
About the Author
I have been enjoying the world's greatest hobby,scrapbooking,for many years.To view more articles,resources and tips about scrapbooking visit my website http://www.funscrapbookshop.com.
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