With technology’s entrance in the scrapbook industry, the ability to easily create digital scrapbooking layouts became available to a lot of people. Even those that didn’t have any experience whatsoever in traditional scrapbooking could just use their computer to produce beautiful scrapbook pages with minimal effort. The evolution of technology has changed the way in which people now create and enjoy this craft, and even though some scrapbookers still think that the traditional techniques are the only way to go, it cannot be denied that digital scrapbooking allows even casual hobbyists to participate and develop an appreciation for the craft.
The advantages of digital scrapbooking layouts over the traditional methods can be summed up in three factors: versatility, savings, and sharing. Digital scrapbooking is more versatile because it provides more options for the creator to use other media like video and sound. It also lets people save more money than traditional scrapbooking because they don’t have to go shopping for materials and supplies every so often. Sharing your digital scrapbook albums is also easier because you can easily print out your pages if you want, or just use the Internet to let people enjoy your finished work.
Have you ever wished that you could use animated pictures in your scrapbooks? Or maybe wanted to insert a short video with music and sound effects to maximize the overall impact of your work? You can do all this with digital scrapbooking. You can use your computer and the appropriate software to make your scrapbook albums come to life that traditional methods can never do. Think about the enjoyment of your audience when they open your digital scrapbook albums and see the images moving about.
Add to that the fact that you can also use video and sound for your digital scrapbook albums, and preserving your memories has never been so exciting and enjoyable. If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much more if you’re using video? Now you and your audience will no longer have to be content with just looking at the pictures and wondering how the whole scene would be like when the picture was taken. For example, pictures of your son hoisting the championship trophy would be great, but what if you had a video of that moment? It would be awesome, wouldn’t it?
As for sound, you don’t even have to use complicated effects for your scrapbooks. Even a short musical piece in your album will do the trick. Just find a MP3 version of your subject’s favorite song and insert it in your digital scrapbook, and you’re done! Sound and music can serve to really add to the atmosphere and overall feeling of your albums. Creating a Christmas-themed digital scrapbook, for example, would just need a simple Christmas song inside it to complete the deal.
Traditional scrapbooking is also getting more and more expensive as time goes by. The prices of the materials and supplies that you are frequently buying are all rising, slowly but surely. Can you calculate the amount of money you are spending on papers, cardstock, album refills, page protectors, embellishments, ribbons, adhesives, and templates? If you’re a regular scrapbooker, it can really add up.
Digital scrapbooking allows you to start creating your scrapbooks without needing to go to the shop first. All the materials you need are already installed, and you can create hundreds of different albums with different themes without exhausting the selection of papers, patterns, colors, and themes in the software. And when you do need to find more materials, you won’t even have to go outside, because you just need to go online to download the items you want. Most scrapbooking software also comes with free updates and downloads, so you can save even more money this way.