Individuals share personal information, thoughts and feelings all over the Internet every day. Facebook profiles, blogs and tweets allow us to interact with others online but also develop a personal brand.
My scrapbooks are personal to me, and I enjoy creating each page by hand: cutting the paper, cropping the photos, tying the ribbons and writing the journaling.
Digital scrapbooking is a trend that transforms the hobby into something very different; it introduces older traditions to the future. This recent method is convenient for some, but does it retain the quality and meaning behind handmade scrapbook pages?
Below I have outlined some pros and cons of digital scrapbooking and traditional scrapbooking:
- It uses less physical storage space.
- You don’t necessarily need to make space or use a table to complete a page.
- You may save your work in several formats and locations (i.e. flash drives, compact discs and external hard drives).
- Many individuals now use digital photos, so scrapbooking via computer software saves the cost of printing multiple copies of photos.
- Pages are less personal since typography replaces handwriting and layouts appear to be flat and less three-dimensional.
- Digital scrapbooking software can be expensive, as prices may exceed $100. However, some software may be downloaded for free.
- Staring at a computer screen for hours while creating a page can be tiring.
- Technology can go wrong and perform slowly sometimes, so the process may be frustrating, depending on your resources.
- You don’t necessarily need technology to complete a page.
- Scrapbook supply stores exist in local areas to provide you with many options for scrapbooking resources.
- Traditional scrapbook pages have three-dimensional capabilities.
- You can use up old printed photos that have been taking up space for years.
- Photos and scrapbooks take up a lot of space.
- Finding the correct supplies to use and then creating a traditional layout can be time consuming.
- Traditional scrapbooking requires a lot of clean up.
- Scrapbooks are unique, but you can only save them in one spot. Your work cannot be copied without physically creating the same page twice.
What do you have to say about the differences between digital and traditional scrapbooking? Do you agree with the comments I made?
Although I think digital scrapbooking is less personal than using craft supplies to create scrapbook pages, digital scrapbookers do create some beautiful designs. Check out a gallery of digital pages on digitalscrapbookpages.com. You can find more ideas via digital scrapbook designers’ blogs on the site as well.
I may decide to venture into the digital scrapbooking world someday, but for now I’ll stick to at least using up the excess of scrapbook supplies I’ve had for years.
How about you? Have you tried digital scrapbooking, and if so, what was your experience like? What do you like about traditional scrapbooking?
If you are interested in trying digital scrapbooking, check out some tips from Karen Ellis. Also, a Picnik tutorial for creating a digital page can be found on www.housewifeeclectic.com in a post by Debra.