Scrapbooking is the art of taking personal and family history from photographs, printed media and memorabilia and artfully displaying them in albums with the idea of making them a keepsake or gift.
New frontiers in scrapbooking are being hotly blazed. Where we used to cut and paste with thick glue making a huge mess of our dining room tables to the glue stick that everyone loved to sniff to finally the invention of the glue gun! That made scrapbooking a lot faster and tons of fun.
In the past couple of years though there has been a whole new trend in scrapbooking – the Digital Scrapbook. With cameras evolving into DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras that have algorithms right in the camera so all you do now is basically point and click, the digital scrapbooking frontier emerged.
Of course everyone wants to do something for free. And there are a ton of websites available to the web fanatic if they want to spend some time surfing. But some of the top picks for scrapbooking are:
Scrapmatters.com is a fun and intense website which incorporates a shop for online shopping, a blog site for all their bloggers tips and tricks, chat to connect directly with a scrapbooking friend, and a gallery to show off your work. The gallery might seem a little intimidating at first, but once you start tooling around in it, you will be surprised at all the new ideas that will be at your finger tips. The online shop has very reasonably priced pre-fab projects just ready for you to try your skills and add your personal touch to.
Another sure-fire fun digital scrapbooking website is Free Digital Scrapbooking. On this site you will find all sorts of freebies, digital kits (Ready to make your Christmas cards?), and tutorials. Love the tutorials! It even has a How To Get Started by running through the online available digital scrapbooking software websites.
Kodak was one of the first major camera companies to embrace the digital scrapbooking trend and offers their version of a blog/tips and tricks/free projects with a forum thrown in website at Tips & Projects Exchange. They even offer an online project area. This is a well used site as most everything is free and it offers the user a community of other users on a forum to help you out. With their digital photo storage, it’s a great site to use.
The Daily Digi even looks like you are entering a scrapbooking. Ideas come from a team of 13 women who contribute tons of fun and projects almost on a daily basis in their blog. It’s just fun! Thoughtfully put together and easy to navigate it offers monthly categories for you to click through in which some of the offerings include challenges for readers to aspire to. The blog is fun and sets a fast pace for reading. They also include tips and tricks and cheats to help the digi scrapbooker through projects. This site is a blast to visit whenever the chance arises.
Scrapbooksisters.bogspot.com is another favorite blog to visit. Its been up and running since early 2006. It is more of a blog centered on all scrapbooking, but they have entered the digitial age in the past couple of years. The sisters throw Crops – which are scrapbooking workshops and they generally sell out in just a couple of days. But if you get the chance to attend one, it is the bomb!
Returning to some of the very first blogs of the sisters, you can see the depth of skill and talent they have in regards to scrapbooking. There is a miniature figurine with a beautiful paper dress one of the sisters is working on on her craft table. She starts on Saturday, October 21, 2006 and finishes it on Tuesday, October 24, 2006. You really have to see it. There’s another dressed mannequin farther along in October, buts it just doesn’t compare to this one. It’s one the best blogs done with tips, tricks, cheats and sheets to try.
The Everyday Digital Scrapbooking blog spot isn’t the best at presentation for aesthetics, but the blog has a lot of great information for beginners. The blogger, Julie Ann Shahin, started it out strictly for her friends that were beginning to do digital scrapbooking. Julie covers everything from finding your software and even takes you through a tour of a more professional software package Adobe Photoshop 7 ®. She also includes an are for you to submit a project for review. The only fault, the lettering and font color she scribes in is hard to read, so put your reading glasses on and dig in, there’s a pot of gold at the end of that rainbow!
Now if you are still stuck in the age of the old fashioned scrapbooking, don’t worry, there are a few favorites out there too. Scrapbooking Sisters just has to be revisited as the top pick for scrapbooking. The amazing scrapbooks, items, etc. are just so fabulous, its like walking through a toy store for adults! And the fun of it is, as an adult, you can. The mannequin on this page along makes a person follow the sisters every post they make.
While not wordy The Green Frog Studio blog has some awesome examples of Celine’s work. Celine is from Canada and she searches the globe for new products and uses them, then she posts the end result on her blog.
Now Obsessed With Scrapbooking’s blog is all about circuit cutting. This former civil engineer, Joy, cranks out the different cut paper pieces for scrapbooking with both some heavy duty tools as well as some very common sense approaches. For those who don’t know what a circuit cut is or how to do it, it is little machine that looks like a printer that you can program special cuts into and then insert paper and let the machine cut away. She has a fabulous spooky Halloween card front and center on her blog you just have to see.
Yes scrapbooking whether the old paper scissors and glue, the newer glue gun and circuit cutters, or the highly anticipated digital scrapbooking, there is something out there for everyone. These were just a taste of what is out there for your perusal. Enjoy!