An Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking
One piece of paper used plus two photos, plus lots of blending!
Kanga (Sarah) from the forum has written this introduction to digital scrapping.
Want to scrapbook but can’t get started – too frightened to cut your favourite
paper and get in a mess with all that glue? Well, digital scrapbooking could be
the answer for you.
A little about me – I have been scrapbooking digitally since January 2006, and
started creating my own papers in July 2006 – but didn’t start selling my
designs (by which time they had improved!) until November 2006. Over the last 2
and a half years, my style has changed a lot – if you want to see a little
about me, you can check out my blog:
I sell at Plain Digital Wrapper
which is a great store with some fantastic designers, and a lovely forum –
quieter than some, so easy to keep up with. I sell a variety of papers
that can be downloaded and are suitable for all papercrafting projects.
And I have a free gift for you they can be printed and used on
any paper projects - perfect for card making, or use it with your first time at
digital scrapbooking, details are at the end of this page, I hope you enjoy it.
What you need:
1. A computer – ideally with plenty of space (digital kits are around 50MB
each) and speed (the programs used tend to be memory hoggers)
2. A digital camera or scanner – to have digital copies of all the photos you
want to scrap.
3. Software – there are scrapbooking softwares out there, but if you do get
into digital scrapping, I would highly recommend a graphics software package
such as Adobe Photoshop Elements or Corel Paint Shop Pro. There is a free
program called GIMP, but it does have limited capabilities. Most programs
have a free 30 day trial so you can see whether you like them or not.
4. A Printer – you can just leave all your layouts on your computer, or can
have them professionally printed, but it is good to be able to print at home
too. This also means you can print out digital papers and elements to use
on other projects.
5. External hard drive – computers can (and do) crash – and you will be very
disappointed if you lose all your supplies and layouts – so be sure to back up
Paper & elements - “Is There a Fairy at the Bottom of
Your Garden” by Kanga at PDW
Uses pieces from “Serenity” by Betsy Tuma at PDW
Digital / Hybrid / Traditional Scrapbooking
Traditional scrapbooking uses “real” papers and elements that you purchase from
the craft shop, along with photographs and memorabilia to create pages.
Pages tend to be bulky, but are lovely to touch and feel, with fabulous
depth. Can be messy with glue and tape, and you cannot “uncut” a piece of
paper once cut. Once a page is complete, it is difficult to change it.
Digital scrapbooking uses “virtual” papers and elements in a
graphics program, along with digital photographs to create a page that can then
be printed. A printed layout is just one sheet of paper thick, so even
though you can add shadowing to your elements, it still doesn’t look as real
and deep as a traditional page. No messy glue; you can use the same paper
and element hundreds of times in lots of different shapes. Very easy to
change the page even after it is finished to correct mistakes!
Hybrid scrapbooking uses a combination of both techniques –
from simply printing out the digital papers and using them as though they were
shop-bought papers, to printing a LO and adding depth with “real”
Quickpages / Ploppers
These are pages with a “hole” in the middle for your photo – very simple, easy
way to show off photos!
These tend to be produced at 300ppi for perfect printing – the papers are
generally saved as jpegs which are 12” square. Elements are saved as png
files so that the area around them is transparent. Elements vary
tremendously – from digitally created embellishments to scanned and extracted
There are literally hundreds of digital scrapbooking sites out there with kits
for sale, and even with kits given out for free. Many of them also
contain some fantastic tutorials:
Shabby Princess – fantastic designer, gives away gorgeous kits and has great
DigiShopTalk – probably one of the biggest forums around – lots of help and
advice, but does get very busy and may have a little too much information to
start with www.digishoptalk.com/
ScrapBookBytes - Lots of freebies, plus great tutorials and a site that helps
those new to scrapping
RAKScraps - Lots of freebies, tutorials, and help
Gotta Pixel - Has a great, supportive, friendly forum with simple tutorials and
places to ask for help easily.
Don't forget to visit Kanga's shop for more of her creations PDW
So here is the free gift, it has been saved two ways for you
1. As a card kit – A4 papers, A4 quick print papers (4 A6 papers on each A4
page), A4 sheets with toppers, embellishments and greetings.
– Size of zip file. Approx 32MB
Only need printer to print onto card/paper
Link to download:
2. As a normal scrap kit – 12” square papers and all elements as individual
transparent png files which allow you to print onto any colour, not just white.
Size of zip file approx 57MB.
You will need a program that can manipulate png and jpg files to cut and move
(sorry file no longer available)