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Picture Yourself Creating Digital Scrapbooks
"Step-byStep Instruction for Preserving Memories Using Your Computer"

I've just finished reading this book cover-to-cover. It was so much fun! Whether you are new to digital scrapbooking or an intermediate digi-scrapper (as I am) this book will inspire and teach you. Like all good computer books, the lessons start with the basics - terms and equipment needed. You can follow along each chapter and practice new skills in working with your photos and creating great scrapbook layouts. Tutorials for both Photoshop Elements and Paint Shop Pro are included throughout the book. Later chapters will make you an expert digital scrapbooker, creating your own page elements.

Digital scrapbooking has several advantages that may inspire you to take the leap:

  • Digital layouts can be shared via email or free websites with family and friends
  • Digital layouts can be printed anytime you wish, as many times as you wish
  • Digital elements and kits, like brads and papers, can be reused time and again
  • Great digital kits, full of papers and embellishments, are available free or for little cost online for immediate download (here's our list)
  • If you make a mistake, just hit the undo key!

Hybrid scapbooking uses both digital and paper scrapbooking. If you already have printed photos, consider printing out dozens of coordinating embellishments to use throughout an album. When paper scrapbooking, I usually type my journaling up and print it out on cardstock in a cool font.

To get started in digital scrapbooking, you need a few tools, but less than traditional scrapbooking. A computer and some software is essential. Everything else is somewhat optional, depending on your needs. To get the most out of digital scrapbooking, a good printer, scanner, and digital camera are helpful, too. There are several options, and this book does a good job of explaining what is important to getting good photos and printing layouts.

The DVD included with the book is a great value. Dozens of complete kits, with papers, embellishments, and alphabets, are included. More than 100 fonts, several plug-ins and tutorials are also on the dvd for extra digi-scrapping fun. The kits and add-ons are worth more than the price of the book itself.

Picture Yourself Creating Digital Scrapbooks

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