Digital Scrapbooking

What is Digital Scrapbooking and what type of products do you need to do Digital Layouts?

My Digital Scrapbook Questions & Problems?

First you will need some access to Digital Scrapbook Programs or Software to manipulate the images. There are a number of Software programs, different Types and Makers of Applications, Different Costs and Different Sizes of Applications to go on your computer and of course they all offer a different set of tools.

Next, you will need Images that you either purchase or make yourself, of typical scrapbook items such as papers, stamps, brushes and embellishments.

Then, to finish up - A Good Quality Printer - and unless you scrap in 8.5 x 11 only, a Wide Format Printer and a good bit of Ink.

And don't forget the Photo Paper which gets pricy and is hard to find in 12" x 12" sizes.

Digital Scrapbook Layout Beach Photography
Digital Scrapbook Layout Beach Photography

Digital Scrapbooking Tip: One thing I like to do with Digital Scrapbooking, is use an entire photo for background like I have done in these two Beach Scrapbook Layouts. Then I can put smaller photos onto the background where I don't mind covering up part of the larger photo. In this case, the kites were flying anyway, I just located the cropped photos of the kites in the sky portion of the photo I used for the background.

My Digital Scrapbooking Research.

When I first started to look into Digital Scrapbooking methods and Digital Scrapbook Programs, I really didn't know where to start so I did some research.

I went to a several Scrapbook Shows, watched and participated in demonstrations and I checked out some of the Scrapbook Kit Clubs that I was a member of. I went to some Scrapbook shows and events and spoke with sellers of various systems.

I compared Digital Scrapbook Programs and applications by price and tools and even took a couple of graphics classes at local colleges to test drive some applications.

Yellowstone Digital Scrapbook Layouts & Ideas
Yellowstone Park Digital Scrapbook Layout & Embellishments

Digital Scrapbooking Tip: For these 2 layouts, I used photos that I stretched to 12 x 12 inches for the background. The left page was just the one photo stretched to 12 x 12 inches. The right page uses a photo of the landscape stretched to 12 x 12, essentially making my own background paper. Then I put the photos of the Donkeys over the background photo in a smaller size, leaving the parts of the background to show what I wanted.

Check out more layouts of the Donkeys at Custer State Park Scrapbook.

My Digital Scrapbooking Solution!
Heritage Makers

Italy Scrapbook Digital Layout

I finally decided on the Heritage Makers System for the following reasons.

  • They Print Books and Individual Pages in several sizes, including pages in the 12" x 12" size that I usually scrap.

  • Because they print my Books and Individual pages -- I did not have to purchase a wide-format printer. (I had become very frustrated when shopping for a wide format printer to print 12" x 12" as most of the store employees did not "get" what I wanted it for and of course didn't have one anyway.)

  • Because they print, I also do not have to worry about purchasing ink or paper to maintain a high volume of printing, something I had been doing for several years when I first got my digital camera and photo printer. (I gave up printing the majority of my own photos years ago as Kodak - and others - do a much better, less expensive and more efficient job than I ever could.)

  • Duplicated books and pages. Have you ever done a book or a page for someone and you wanted a copy for yourself? Have more than one child and want to have the same page in each of their albums? How about multiple books for a Family Reunion that a lot of people attended? Do one set of layouts, and print as many books as you have requests for. Heritage Makers Digital Scrapbooking can accommodate multiple copies easily and can make you the Hero of the Family.

  • Italy Scrapbook Digital Layout

  • In Digital Scrapbooking I can use my own page layouts just like Traditional Scrapbooking or I can use a page template or a book of templates - either my own or pre-made templates. Just click and drag my own photos into the template and finish up a page or a book in very short time.

    Check out more Italian Scrapbook Digital Layouts.

  • The Heritage Makers system did not involve installing additional software on my computer that would take up more space. I can actually sign on to the Heritage Makers system and use it to design, order books & prints, and even download my "pages" directly to my web site, and I can use any computer that is connected to the Internet.

  • I can use a template that someone else has designed and add my own photos to the existing template.

  • Atlas Missle Digital Scrapbook Layout
    Atlas Missle Digital Scrapbook Layout

    Digital Scrapbooking Tip: Another great thing to do with the Heritage Makers system is to use a pre-made template. These two layouts above contain copies of photos that were in my dad's office when I was a child. I have used a pre-made template from Heritage Makers and just moved my photos into the page. For the companion page, I turned the template 180 degrees to make the opposite image. Total time - about 15 minutes and no scraps to deal with.

    Check out more Atlas Missile Scrapbook Digital Layouts for Digital Scrapbook Tips.

  • I can upload and store my photos on the Heritage Makers site.

  • I can actually access a portion of the website and use some of the tools "for free" and access the Premier images and tools for a nominal monthly fee which can be applied toward the cost of having my pages printed.

  • And to top it off, Heritage Makers offers gifts, Calendars, Photo Jewelry, Posters, Canvases, Wire Bound Recipe & Appointment books that lie flat for each use and Greeting Cards that they will mail for me using my mailing list, and Decks of Playing Cards.

  • Their "Cornerstone" Storybook system which concentrates on Grandparents, Parents, Family and the Child, will even walk you through the questions you need to ask to complete the journaling or story for their four books, All About Grandparents, Before I was your Mom/Dad, What it Means to be a Family, and All about You.

  • These books come with a replacement guarantee that if you need to replace a book, the cost is only 1/2 of the original cost.

  • Click here to go to my other website - MemoryBookArchitects.comand check out this system for Free.

    I am a consultant and can help you with on-line classes and Tips & Tricks to enable you to do almost anything you can do in Traditional Scrapbooking.

    These 2 layouts below were actually my first, and only took about 30 minuets to learn the system, upload the photos, and design the layouts.

    I have really enjoyed my association with Heritage Makers and I think you will too.

    Air Force Digital Scrapbook Layout of Thunderbirds
    Air Force Digital Scrapbook Layout of Thunderbirds

    Digital Scrapbooking Tip: Here again, I used an entire photo for background of the Sky with the U S Air Force Thunderbirds soaring upwards. Then I added regular or cropped photos onto the background where I don't mine covering up part of the larger photo. Nice to use a great photo in 12 x 12 size.

    More Digital Products Available

    Personalized Album Covers - Post Bound

    Story Books - You can even design the Covers, Front Back and Inside.

    They come in 12" x 12", 5" x 5", 7" x 5", 8" x 8", 7.5" x 10",11.5" x 8.5", and 13" x 11".

    They have also just introduced an 8 x 8 board Book for your youngest with 30 pages.

    Also Wire Bound Books - to use for a Digital Recipe Scrapbook or Appointment Book and a small 20 page Swatch Book.

    Cards & Invitations - Greeting Cards come in 5" x 7" and in some unique 3, 5 & 7 panel Family Fold Cards, Post Cards, Invitations and Decks of Playing Cards.

    Prints - Prints come in 8" x 8", 8.5" x 11", and of course the most common 12" x 12".

    Posters - come in 12" x 18", 18" x 24"

    Canvases - come in 16" x 20", 20" x 20" and 20" x 24" sizes.

    Photo Gift Calenders - Two Sizes - 11" x 8.5" and 11" x 16" sizes.

    Photo Pendents, Necklaces and Bracelets

    Click here to try Digital at MemoryBookArchitects for FREE.

    The links below will take you to other Digital Scrapbooks and give you an idea of the many different things that can be done with Digital Scrapbooking without having to install and maintain expensive software on your computer.

    Check out the U. S. Navy Blue Angels Scrapbook

    Checkout the Digital Layouts of the Donkeys at Custer StatePark Scrapbook

    Click here to see my Digital St Louis Scrapbook of the Gateway Arch

    Click here to see my Digital Italian Scrapbook Layouts

    Click here to see my Digital Air Force Scrapbook Layouts

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