Scrapbooking Pages – Technology Meets Tradition

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Digital scrap booking is catching on fast. You can make digital scrapbook pages unique by using your computer. With photo editing programs you can remove red eye, crop pictures, touch up colors, brighten, sharpen, and perform other functions to make your photos better and more fun. Digital scrapbooks can easily be made by applying sayings or scenery that fit the motif of the subject. You can also add where the picture was taken and the date too using the text tool of your editing program.

If you have birthday pictures you can add a birthday cake with candles and the age of the person having the birthday on the computer scrapbook pages that you need for your scrapbook. You can accent your pictures with Christmas trees and date them accordingly. Many holiday themes are available online allowing accents for other holidays. Some caps and gowns in the backgrounds of your pictures is a great way to remember your child’s graduating year. There are endless ways to add special effects to your computer scrapbook pages.

The benefit to using the computer for your scrapbooking is that you can produce more than one copy of your page. This is great for making albums for everyone in your family or on your Christmas list. There are also a variety of different textures and designs of papers and inks that can be used. You can even print pages 12 inches by 12 inches if the printer you own can print in wide format. However an 8″ x8″ can be handled well by most regular printers. How gratifying to see your online scrapbooking layouts printed in an album or book.

On doing computer scrapbook pages there are several other benefits. If you make a mistake laying out one of these pages all you do is click undo and do it over again, you can keep doing this as many times as it takes to get it right. It is less messy doing electronic scrapbooking too. Instead of laboring with scissors and paste, or carefully hand writing the pages, you can simply print out the pages and add personal decoration whenever you choose. Easily store your photos on your computer, all the while having the option to burn them onto a CD-R and/or DVD-R.

Sizzix Promo Videos

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A few months ago I wrote a piece about how manufacturers are not continueing their video series. Not all have quit, but, many have. Why, is the question I must ask myself. I understand that a great deal of money goes into making and producing video, especially when you are adding craft projects, the problem I see is that they don’t see a direct monetary result from these videos. Maybe if they did a better job of marketing them, and creating a buzz, they would see more of a direct monetary benefit.  I can think of many ways these manufacturers could not only see the monetary value of keeping these video series going, but, how they could incorporate more of a buzz for their customers.

Sizzix has a line of videos that are quite basic, but, show that they are taking iniative and producing good high quality videos that their customers can benefit from. If you are a Sizzix machine owner, you know how fun and easy they are to use, and the videos that Sizzix has put together shows the ease of use.

Now, if Sizzix would come out with more idea videos and create a group around this type of video series, they might just see how beneficial this line of video is for them and their customers.

To see videos from Sizzix, click here.

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Electronic Scrapbook – To Make Digital Scrapbooks Unique

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Digital Scrapbook Graphics-Making Your Digital Scrapbook Unique

Digital scrapbooking is similar to traditional scrapbooking but it is easier and cheaper. With physical scrapbooking problems such as photos eventually turning yellow and the damaging of photos by cutting them to resize them, an alternative is online scrapbooking where you can ensure protection of your photos and make your very own unique online scrapbook pages. There are special websites that have endless digital scrapbook graphics for special occasions and holidays. You can only start digital scrapbooking once you have scrapbooking software and a photo program installed on your computer. To show you the way to get started there are tutorials and advice online for free. You can take advantage of free scrapbooking clipart and digital scrapbooking kits that already have all of the basic elements, ready for you to merge your photos into.

You can create your own paper, and embellishments, add your own digital scrapbook graphics from scrapbooking clipart files, Internet sites or your photo and scrapbooking software program. Since nothing is glued down, you can fix mistakes easily with your undo button, and since the digital scrapbook supplies are on your computer, you can re-use them over and over! There are different programs that you can import your graphics from and put them on your pages. The more you experiment, the better you can become, and the more unique your digital scrapbook becomes.

Using the email or a personal web page you may send pages from a digital scrap book to friends and family members. You can also make as many copies of your layouts as you wish and share them with family and friends in print. Merge your files when printing to get consistent results and make additional copies of your efforts to a CD, flash drive, or email yourself a copy. Making additional copies of your efforts is important should your computer stop working. A unique gift idea for special occasions, such as birthdays or for the holidays, is a digital version of your scrapbook burned onto a CD. With the advances in digital scrapbooking , there has been a huge increase in the amount of people who are scrapbookers.

There are all kinds of great freebies online for digital scrapbook design, tutorials on digital scrapbooking, digital scrapbook graphics and scrapbooking clipart, paper designs and more. You can find fun and creative ideas for your digital scrapbook by visiting the blogs of other scrapbook creators. While many people still belong to scrapbooking clubs, and take the annual scrapbooking convention getaway, they can get great ideas year-round through the Internet.
You can customize your digital scrap book – eventually making it more interesting – by adding journal excerpts and poems: just browse one of the many galleries and websited which offer downloads. Digital scrapbooking allows you to create your own electronic scrapbooks for every single event easily.