Intro to digital scrapbooking – Quick Pages

by Rachel B Posted on February 10, 2010

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If you’ve noticed some unique photo books on Gallery that don’t match our Shutterfly templates, chances are you’ve come across books that have been digitally scrapped.


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Digi scrapping is an electronic form of paper scrap booking, and is created using software instead of scissors, glue and paper. Although it looks intricate, the process can actually be very simple.
If like me you love the look of digital scrapbooking, but aren’t sure where to start, the best way to dip your toe into scrapbooking waters is through what are called QUICK PAGES.

QUICK PAGES – WHAT ARE THEY?

Quick pages are ready-made backgrounds with special spaces to insert your photos – similar to the concept of Shutterfly photo book backgrounds. Basically you drag and drop your photograph into the QUICK PAGE template, and viola, it is complete.

They look great, are as easy to use, and come in all sorts of flavors.

MY FIRST QUICK PAGE – NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!

This is my VERY FIRST attempt at a 12”x12” quick page using oscrap’s Defined Quick Album – it only took a few minutes. I KNOW you can do it too. Just take a deep breath and go for it.

Check out designerdigitals.com, scrapgirls.comscrappersguide.com, scrapwow.com, and scrapbookbytes.com for easy to follow quick page instructions and videos.

SOFTWARE

Remember – you’ll need software that will allow you to digiscrap. Digitalscrapbookplace.com has an easy to read software section that will help you choose what’s right for you. Best of all, it features links to free software trial versions.

LINKS

If you feel like diving in and learning everything right NOW, check out these useful links. If you want to keep it simple, save these for later.

Now make that layered template page! And once it’s finished, be sure to print it out.  You can also combine your pages into a gorgeous digiscrapped photo book.

Also, be sure to check out our Celebrations Blog, your place for creative inspiration around digital design. See beautiful digiscrap kits from top digital designers, find digiscrapping advice, and get digiscrap freebies!

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  1. AnnAbbott Says:

    They are quick, easy, and fun! It is a great way to do a fast page if you are all ready into digital scraping. On the other hand, if you are new to it, it is a great way to get your feet wet and learn a few tricks of the trade. I have used all of the sites you listed for information and great digital design products. Some of the sights offer freebies so you can learn without spending a dime!

  2. Earl J Says:

    Good infomation with a lot of links to help. I’ve noticed but had not really learned anything about digi scrapbooking until reading this. Thanks.

  3. BarbaraJ Says:

    Rachel thank you for all this information, I have sent it to all my girls. They are new at scrapbooking and this is great info. I also made a comment on facebook with this page.

  4. VickieP1 Says:

    Very encouraging article, Rachel. I’ve been so happy with Shutterfly templates and backgrounds that I’ve not yet taken this plunge. But you really make it seem possible! I’m going to try!

  5. Jean B Says:

    I have never done a digital scrapbook page yet….but I’m going to give it a try soon! This makes it sounds so simple!

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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