As a lover of scrapbooking, I watch all the new trends to see if there is something new I want to try. While traditional scrapbooking has been around for ages, digital scrapbooking is newer and gaining interest fast. What are the pros and cons of each?
Let us look at traditional scrapbooking first. It is versatile and allows you to do quick, simple pages or to let all your creativity run loose and do complicated or fancy pages. Or, you may just put your pictures on the page with whom, when and where written on the page somewhere. If you miss playing with scissors and stickers, traditional scrapbooking allows you to get back to the basics and do your own thing.
There are scrapbooking “crops” where like-minded people gather together and work on their scrapbooks. This offers you the opportunity to see other peoples pages and to purchase, on the spot, some paper or sticker you need. There is nothing more frustrating than to figure out what you want to do and then not have the right supplies on hand. I do Creative Memories and so my consultant is the one having the crop. She brings all her wares so we see everything new as it comes out and, of course, have the opportunity to purchase what we want without running all over town or the internet to try to find it. Sometimes you need something that the person next to you has and doesn’t need. They will give it to you and again; no shopping! Also, we often share punches, patterned scissors, stickers, etc. Of course, you can do traditional scrapbooking in the convenience of your own home also.
The best part of crops is having people around to talk to as you work. If you want a help or an opinion on something, it is always available. The socializing with friends and sharing snacks as well as ideas and supplies makes traditional scrapbooking productive and fun.
Recently, however, digital scrapbooking has become more and more popular. There are all kinds of options and software programs out there. Digital scrapbook pages are convenient because I load all my photos on the computer after taking them anyhow. With digital scrapbooking, I don’t have to print them all out. With digital scrapbook programs you can move pictures and trims around until you get the effect you like and then save it. You can then print it out and put it in the scrapbook. One of the advantages is you don’t have to buy color and printed paper, no stickers, scissors, punches and acid-free tape to purchase.
Also, your computer is right there in your home where you can sit in your pajamas if you like and work whenever you like without waiting for a crop. If you only have a half hour to work, you can sit down at your computer and create a page without packing up supplies and leaving home. You can pull a color right out of your photo and use it as a frame around your photo or as a background color.
My albums are all 12 x 12, which I think is a pretty common scrapbook size. The average person does not have the printing capacity for 12 x 12. This would be a disadvantage unless you wanted to make 8-1/2 x 11 books or use borders or something beside the photos to fill the gaps. Whoops, we are back to scissors, stickers or colored paper. Of course, you could center the 8-1/2 x 11 page in the middle of your 12 x 12 page with no trim added. Other digital scrapbooks are scrapbooks online. You can share with your friends or family through the internet but missing showing them in person to someone.
It is all a matter of choice- your choice. I prefer traditional scrapbooks but digital scrapbooking has its benefits, as mentioned. Now digital scrapbook programs offer hard-backed books all set up for you where you just pull the photo into the page. There are quite a few companies out there making them and they are great!! Pick a book, pull the pictures into the pages and send it off to be printed. That would be another whole article though.
How you feel at the moment may influence you most. Do you feel like being with friends or do you feel like lets-just-sit-here-and-get it done? Whichever scrapbooking method suits you, just do it! It is fun and rewarding and it gives generations to come the opportunity to share in your life. So, digital scrapbooking or traditional scrapbooking – you pick!