It’s Time to Learn How to do Digital Scrapbooking

For years, I’ve wanted to learn how to be a crafty mom.  But really, I always kind of failed at arts and crafts when I was growing up, and it’s not any better now that I’m a mom.  But I’ve decided something.  It’s time for me to learn how to do digital scrapbooking.  I keep thinking that it shouldn’t be too hard for me to learn how to do digital scrapbooking.  I’ve dabbled with web design.  I totally rock at editing pics in Photoshop.  And I’ve done regular scrapbooking.

The reason that I want to try my hand at learning how to do digital scrapbooking is pretty simple.  I’m such a perfectionist that doing regular scrapbooking was nearly impossiible for me.  Once I cut a photo, there was no going back.  Once I glued something down, it was permanent.  And my fear of “messing up” was just too much for me to overcome.  My regular scrapbooking supplies languished on shelves in my basement for years.  (I recently sold it because I was tired of looking at it and feeling guilty for not using it.)

But with digital scrapping, I don’t have that crippling fear of making it permanent.  Ctrl+z fixes most things that I could do wrong.  So maybe, just maybe, I could really do stuff and make the cool scrapbooks of my babies growing up.  I could chronicle things in an awesome way.  And I love, love, love the idea of having something in a professionally bound book that could last through the ages.  It’s the reason that I started a journal a few years ago: I wanted to leave a tangible piece of history when I’m dead and gone.  I wanted something of me to pass along with the genealogy records that I passed on.  Really, scrapbooking just seems like a logical extension of that passion.

I’ve done some cool stuff by playing with Photoshop.  I started making a digital baby book of Norton’s first year by cropping some of his pics, using the colored pencil filter on them, and then giving it a cute caption.  But I’d kind of like to learn how to do it better.  I’ve seen some absolutely gorgeous examples of digital scrapbooking out there.

But there’s a hiccup.  You see, I have absolutely no idea where to start.  While I’m awesome at using Photoshop to fix things, I am not awesome at using Photoshop to make things.  So I guess what I’m looking for is a nice and simple book to learn how to do digital scrapbooking since online tutorials always give me a headache.  This is where you come in: any recommendations for books on how to do digital scrapbooking so that this non-crafty mom can learn how to be a crafty mom after all?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

Comments

  1. I suggest picking up a magazine at your local scrapbooking store. They’re usually filled with how to articles and ads for companys that sell digital scrapbook elements.

    The next step is to just play around. Don’t worry about messing up, there’s always “undo”. Make sure you save often and never crop photos, always “mask”.

    Have fun!

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