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Jack o' Lantern

Happy Halloween!

It’s Halloweekend, and although celebrating holidays early is one of my biggest pet peeves, I’m thinking ahead to Christmas time.

I made another trip to Ravenna’s Scrap n Stamp Haven on Friday to use a gift card I received for my birthday. Although I passed by countless adorable embellishments, I impressed myself and resisted the urge to spend even more money on more random supplies I don’t necessarily need. So instead, I invested in some stamps for my Christmas cards.

After reading a few posts from other card makers in a scrapbooking LinkedIn group, I’ve decided to keep it simple this year. Some women make more than 100 Christmas cards each year–and I thought 50 or 60 was a lot! But those women generally use one design. I’m used to somewhat customizing my cards to the people who will be receiving them, but that is a lot of work. And the semester isn’t getting any easier!

So I plan to decide on one, maybe two, Christmas card designs and create an assembly line to put together each portion of the card. I’ll incorporate the stamps and green ink I bought in Ravenna the other day, but I’ll have to decide on papers, embellishments and layout some other day.

I’m excited to begin my cards, one of these days! It’s a little early, but I look forward to the Christmas season. Have you started your Christmas cards yet?

In the mean time, have a Happy Halloween!

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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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Scrap the stress and organize.

 

Puzzle piece

Organizing scrapbook supplies can be a puzzle.

I like to scrapbook. Birthdays, holidays, friends, family—you name it. However, I have a dilemma.

I need to get organized.

Disorganized supplies

Crowded desk, no space to work

Not only are my supplies stuffed into a bag and some small, disorganized drawers, but also my desk is occupied with a printer, some miscellaneous papers I should sort through and a TV too large for the little time I have to watch it.

So where can I find the space to start scrapping? I can browse Facebook and write blog entries from the comfort of my bed, but glue sticks and glitter won’t blend well with my blankets.

I’m assuming some of you scrappers have the same problem. So here are a few of my organization tips, based on what has worked for me in the past and what I should be doing now.

First, take inventory.

Disorganized scrapbook supplies in drawers

Empty the boxes, bins and bags of your supplies, and determine what needs to go. I’ll admit I’m a scrapbook supply hoarder, but save yourself some money and avoid impulse Jo-Ann’s visits. Those cute flower stickers you can’t seem to leave alone will still be there when you really need them.

In her Jan. 21 post on the “Creating Keepsakes” blog, Amber Ellis suggests donating extra supplies to organizations in the community. For example, she recommends contacting local hospitals, daycares and schools to see if their programs accept donations.

It’s refreshing to either help someone out or simply clear out your space, but it’s nice to have an idea about the supplies you do have as well.

Next, organize.

I own a lot of cardstock, which ultimately turns into scraps. The accordion-style folder I use to organize my scraps by color is overflowing and refuses to snap closed. Some scraps end up shoved in between packs of scrapbook paper and forgotten.

Accordion-style folder with paper organized by color

As important as it is to organize your stickers, scissors and strings of ribbon, it’s just as essential to keep your paper collection organized. I keep plastic folders to separate patterned and solid papers, for example. For a while, the accordion folder worked well to separate colors.

I also suggest investing in some 12 x 12-inch shelves to store paper, if you have the space. However, folders protect the cardstock from moisture and dust.

Plastic folder with patterned paper

Then, make some space.

Luckily my roommates and I have an extra bedroom to store any extra boxes, furniture and unfinished puzzles. I have also delegated this space to scrapbook. A card table fits perfectly and provides me the room I need to spread out my materials and scrap.

No extra room? Clear the kitchen table or some counter space—find some inspiration outside your room. You may even consider spreading newspaper over a hardwood floor and crafting some pages from a different perspective, (literally).

Finally, get creative.

Scrapbooking is therapeutic for some people, including myself. Although there’s always something else productive to be doing, designate a couple hours each week to work on a page or a card or two.

Even if you don’t finish the project, at least you spent some quality time creating something, rather than trying to pretend your paper was writing itself as you scrolled through your news feed on Facebook (for the eighth time that day).

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