Learn about Digital Scrapbooking

by Rachel B Posted on November 05, 2009

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Have you come across unique Gallery photo books that feature unusual backgrounds and detailed embellishments?

What you’re looking at are Digital Scrapbooks. Digi scrapping is a relatively new art form, but don’t be intimidated by the word, “ART”. Even though the results look like masterpieces, you don’t need to be a Rembrandt to create them. All you need is a some instruction and a little inspiration.

WHAT IS DIGI SCRAPPING?
Digi scrapping is basically the same thing as paper scrapping…only you create your layouts on your computer using software. The software varies…from the simple to the super complex…and from the inexpensive to the very expensive. Just like you go to your local scrapbooking store to purchase supplies…computer scrappers go to online stores and purchase their digital supplies (papers, eyelets, tags, ribbons and pretty much everything you would see in a “real” store”). We then use our software to place everything where we see fit on the page…and then have the option to print those pages. Source – shabbyprincess.com

HOW DO I MAKE DIGITAL SCRAPBOOK PAGES?
First, get more information about the basics of digi scrapping. Designer Digitals’ Getting Started Tutorials, Jessica Sprague’s Digital Templates tutorial, and the scrapbook-bytes tutorials are great places to start.

Once you become familiar with what digi scrapping is about and are ready to stick your toe in the water, start shopping for your supplies, like papers and eyelets and tags and ribbons.

We have some fantastic freebies on our “Celebrations” blog. But don’t stop there. Find all the supplies you need at these online digi scrapping stores.

Jessicasprague.com
Two Peas in a Bucket
Designer Digitals
Shabby Princess
ScrapbookGraphics
Scrapbook Bytes
Scrapbook Elements
Jen Wilson Designs
Heather Ann Designs
Scrapgirls

HOW DO I TURN MY PAGES INTO A PHOTO BOOK?
If you have created a single scrapbook page or a series of pages, Shutterfly has tools that will help you turn them into high quality prints. If you want to print single pages, go to our Digital Scrapbook Pages section for instructions and guideline. If you want to turn a series of Digital Scrapbook pages into a photo book, our Digital Scrapbook section is very helpful.

Once you create your digital scrapbook, we welcome you to post it to Shutterfly Gallery so other Shutterfly members can be inspired by your work.

Do you have any questions or advice about Digital Scrapbooking? If so, let us know by commenting on this article.

(images courtesy of Gallery member, BarbaraK57)

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  1. rsheedy Says:

    As a digital scrapbooker, I love using Shutterfly to print my albums. I am so impressed with the way Shutterfly really accommodates digital scrapbookers. Many of the best digital scrapbook designers provide layered album templates designed specifically for Shutterfly printing, which makes the entire process so much easier.

  2. CynthiaY2 Says:

    The Shutterfly Gallery is what made me want to learn and begin Digital Scrapbooking! If it wasn’t for the Gallery I probably never would of been inspired and attempted it on my own. I love my combination Shutterfly Drag and Drop and Digital creations! My books are amazing and when I do a digital scrapbook cover it’s a work of ART all its own! Don’t be afraid to try it…if I can do it anybody can!

  3. TonetteB Says:

    I agree with Cynthia that the gallery makes me want to learn digital scrapbooking! I didn’t even know such a thing existed until this April! LOL!!!! Since then I have collected so many freebies! I finally broke down and got Photoshop Elements 7 and now I’m determined to learn! I think the 1st book I make will be a combination of Shutterfly templates with digital scrapbook pages so that it does seem so overwhelming at first! I think once I am able to alternate the sets of pages then I will be on a roll for the next book that can be completely digital scrapbooking! The samples you provided by BarbaraK57 are such an inspiration! Thanks Rachel for all the wonderful tips and websites! :)

  4. AnnAbbott Says:

    All of the wonderful books in the Gallery have inspired me to learn this art form. It has almost been year since I bought PSE7 and I have made 3 books so far. Learning digital scrap booking has opened a whole new world of creativity.

  5. BarbaraJ Says:

    I KEEP COMING BACK TO THIS ARTICLE. I LOVE ALL THE INFORMATION YOU HAVE RACHEL ON SHUTTERFLY FOR US NEW AT SCRAPBOOKING. ALL KINDS OF TUTORIALS AND FREE TEMPLATES. JUST LOVE IT. THANK YOU!!!

more about Rachel B

Thank you for visiting “Picture More”, Shutterfly's Community Blog. My name is Rachel, and I come from a long line of photo enthusiasts. My grandparents kept a large (and heavy!) collection of family photo albums in their living room, which my sister and I loved looking through. My mother continued the tradition by becoming a hobby photographer (phrases like “smile, “hold that pose” and “let me get my camera” were a constant part of our lives). Now my sister and I are avid camera fans. She takes beautiful pictures of her children, and I enjoy capturing the many far-away places my husband and I visit. What I love about Shutterfly is that it helps me turn my photos into meaningful keepsakes like photo books, calendars, and photo gifts (I love my coasters, posters, mug and mouse pad!). My memories are now a part of my everyday life, not living in a shoe box or hard drive. And what I love about "Picture More" is that it will help us get even more creative with our pictures. I'm excited to exchange ideas with all of you!

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