Do you have thousands of pictures living only in the digital world? Yeah, me too.
I started “digi scrapbooking” about a week ago and a lot of hair-pulling and hand-wringing and pacing and yelling at the computer and venting rants at sweet, patient Dear later (slight exaggeration)… here’s what I have!
It occurred to me that I really ought to finally, actually DO something with all the pictures I take (and sometimes edit). In the back of my mind, I’ve been planning for probably a couple of years to get a Becky Higgins Project Life kit.
I’m glad I didn’t.
Instead, I spent time exploring digital versus “traditional” scrapbooking and decided that my best bet would be going digital. I definitely had some reservations about scrapbooking digitally. I hate to lose the physicality of running your hands over printed out pictures and additional elements.
BUT, I decided there are more than enough reasons to go digital (not the least of which is that I haven’t had the time, or inclination, really, to do “real” scrapbooking since before I had kids!).
Here’s why I chose to go “digi” (see, I’m picking up the lingo).
Why Go With Digi Scrapbooking?
- No set up or clean up. Enough said.
- No materials to store. Again, enough said.
- Time. In addition to the above two items, traditional scrapbooking steps like cutting, gluing, etc. take a lot of time. Digitally, these steps are a lot quicker.
- Cost. Anything digital that I purchase can be used over and over again.
- Enforced workflow. When I’ve made a commitment to myself to work on page layouts every week (or so), it forces me to upload pictures from my camera more frequently. When I upload more frequently, I’m dealing with smaller batches of photos, which are so much easier to sort through. I can feasibly reject photos I don’t want, choose which to edit, and even set some aside for my scrapbook pages in manageable chunks of time.
- Journaling. Yes, you could simply be diligent about putting together photo books every so often, but digital scrapbooking, as regular scrapbooking, involves a “storytelling” skew that makes for real treasures in the years to come. For me, I see it as a place to not only record photos, but also to include the cute things the kids say and little jottings-down of our life together.
- Community. Not only is there a ton of info out there for technical help, but there is a lot of digital scrapbooking inspiration to be found online. Even just knowing that there are others out there who are putting together layouts once a week I think will help me keep up with it.
- Reproducability. By scrapbooking digitally, I automatically have a backup of my scrapbook, which I can also churn out in multiples if I want to. Think: making a copy of a vacation scrapbook for extended family or friends who came along.
I have a lot of catching up to do with getting previous years’ photos off the computer and into our home, but I think with the workflow I’m coming up with (again, with the help of the online community of digital scrapbookers), this will be an actually tackle-able task.
Another note: The digital scrapbooking world is HUGE; there are so many choices and ways to go out there, and one could get into it pretty deeply. I want to keep it fun and interesting, but SIMPLE enough that producing memorabilia doesn’t detract from making memories. 😉
I’ve done one week’s layout. (For those of you who may not know — and I’m still learning — the Project Life concept, from what I gather, roughly involves recording everyday life as well the bigger events. One way a lot of digital scrapbookers go about this is to record a layout of two side-by-side pages per week. Since I’m new and I wanted to actually get started as soon as possible, I went with this tried-and-true approach.) I’m not going to lie, there’s a learning curve, but I think I’ve gotten to a point where I can practice and hone.
What do you think of my pages? What do you do with your photos? Who’s a Project Life-er with tips to share?