Picture taking has changed since I was a kid. I remember when I got my first “point and click” camera for Christmas when I was eleven years old. I thought it was the coolest thing ever! My parents were really strict about how many pictures I was allowed to take because film was expensive and developing film was expensive. When I got a new roll of film I had 24 opportunities to capture a magic moment and hope it looked okay.
When I was getting ready for my first trip to Europe my sweetie bought me a going-away present. It was a Sony Cybershot, my first real digital camera. I remember even in that moment I thought to myself, “I’m going to take so many pictures.” And did I. . .
Since photography has changed so much I guess it stands to reason that scrapbooking is going to change right along with it. I’m fairly new to the digital scrapbooking concept. I love traditional paper crafting and always thought that I would have to have my scissors pried from my dead, cold hands before I would give it up. Then I saw my first photobook. It was really cool and I decided to give digital scrapbooking a try.
I’ll admit – I’m hooked! I fell in love with digital scrapbooking for so many reasons. The first was that I was able to manipulate the size of my pictures. I could use a picture as a background paper if I wanted. I could reuse the same paper over and over and never run out of the designs, and let’s face it - it’s kind of nice not having to clean up a mess. Now don’t get me wrong – I still love traditional paper crafting but I now incorporate digital a lot more. Scrapbooking has evolved to something I get done and not something I need to get done.
This month’s promotion on print products is helping me get my scrapbooking projects finished. I love that I can open up a template and just drag and drop my pictures in. In fact, picking the pictures takes me more time than the actual scrapbooking. I was finally able to create a little “brag book” from my trip to Europe. I had a great time going through my pictures and remembering all the little details of the trip I haven’t thought about in a while. I was grateful all over again for the digital camera that let me take all the junk photos I wanted so I could pick out the gems for my book.
I showed the book to my mom and with a little tweaking we are going to make a copy for my grandma and my dad (both of whom were on the trip with us). Another win for digital scrapbooking! I don’t have to start over from scratch to create photobooks for everyone who wants one.
I need to get busy! I have a lot to get done before the end of the month!
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