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Digital scrapbooking – on Facebook

Got timeline? If not, and you would like to have it now, go to www.facebook.com/about/timeline.Facebook timeline

So Zuckerberg has initiated yet another new change to Facebook. Out of curiosity, I made mine about two weeks ago. It might be an (annoying) adjustment for those who have tried it so far. But whether you love it or you hate it, everyone will have to adjust eventually, just as we did for all other Facebook updates in the last six or seven years. Like this: Facebook Like button

I’ve poked around my timeline for a few days now and I can’t say I hate it. The new features won’t encourage me to delete my profile. But I also don’t see myself utilizing the timeline’s full potential to detail every last status update, photo tag, page “like” and location. I don’t think it’s necessary to delete any past comments or photos, either.

As a scrapbooker, I think it’s important to record my favorite memories. But I don’t track every single activity of my everyday life. Real life and online activity can be very different—trivial Facebook statuses, comments and more are now resurfacing from Facebook timelines—and in theory, they will always be there. But my scrapbooks simply feature birthday celebrations, family holiday gatherings and maybe the occasional collage of random photos with my friends. The pick and choose option does not necessarily apply to the timeline – it tracks all of your Facebook activity, in theory, from the moment you were “born.”Born on Facebook

Although I’m a traditional scrapbooker (for now, at least), I think the Facebook timeline has its advantages in terms of encompassing each Facebook user’s persona and mirroring the purpose of scrapbooks. I enjoy the timeline’s multimedia aspect—photos, travels, likes, music and more are all listed on one page. The banner image is a great new feature as well—I’ve seen friends get creative with the photos they choose to display.

We’re about to enter a New Year, and technology will continue to grow. But so will the possibilities to share memories with others.

Facebook places and locationsFacebook friends: We’re all historians now. You might choose to delete those silly photos from senior year Prom. Perhaps you’ll spend many hours over break specifying the location where you took each of your photos. Maybe you’ll choose photos to represent each “life event,” too.

As you know, Facebook is all about sharing—sharing your personal information with others online. The timeline feature has demonstrated just how frequently and easily we can interact with others online.

But no matter the changes Zuckerberg will continue to make, it’s still your profile. So you choose how you project your online memories to the social media world.

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Let’s get digital?

Laptop keyboardIndividuals 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:

Digital scrapbooking

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

Traditional scrapbooking

Pros

  • You don’t necessarily need technology to complete a page.
    Handmade cards, blue and green colors

    Cardstock, stickers and ribbons add three-dimensional aspects to a project.

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

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