Using Digital Media Can Boost Your Scrapbooking Creativity
While some prefer to do their pages entirely on the computer or on paper, there are others that pick and choose which pieces they want to use, be it in hand or digital. This is type of project is referred to as hybrid scrapping. Where you use something that you have found on the internet or created yourself and it is printed to use on traditional paper scrapbook pages. It truly is the best of both worlds!
There are many creative people now that are putting their imaginations to work and using any one of the many image editing programs to make their own papers and elements. They offer their creations for free, or for sale and can be downloaded instantly to your own computer.
Either way, each one is unique and has been “hand crafted” so to speak, using a computer and their software of choice. From bows to buttons, ribbons and more, it can all be found online.
It is also a great way to get ideas for your own scrapbook pages. Many internet sites that offer digital elements and papers, have links to their users galleries where you can see how others have used them for their own photo layouts.
Even digital quick page templates are easy to use in paper scrapping. Just print out each layer of the template individually and organize them back again to have the perfect layout in minutes!
You may not have much experience with image editing software, but think about it. Haven’t you always wanted to learn something new that will add creativity and beauty to your scrapbooks? We all have the potential to learn, so why not give something like hybrid scrapping a try? It is definitely fun and what a better stress reducer than having some fun! The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
If you don’t want to start out with hybrid scrapping by buying one of the major image editing programs, there are a few that are available for free. There are a lot of tutorials online that will teach you everything, from the very basics to more advanced image editing and creation.
It really warms my heart to see the newer digital and traditional paper scrapbooking worlds come together in such a beautiful way.
Patricia Frye is an avid scrapbooker and has most recently enjoyed the fun and creative freedom that designing digital scrapbook pages and elements for her own and her family's scrapbooking endeavors have given her and blogs about it at http://www.digitalscrapbooking.View all articles by Patricia Frye