Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Every time I post one of these pages on FB, a different someone asks me how I do it; so here's my spiel:
Seriously - it really *IS* so easy!!! All you need is the internet & a photo editing program. I just sit on the couch & do it all on the laptop while I watch the TV I would be watching, anyway!
I design all the pages myself using Photoshop Elements and free digital background papers & embellishments off the internet; I upload them to Shutterfly, and Shutterfly will print them in a big bound 12x12 book, whenever I'm ready.
To design the pages, I open up a 12x12 digital background paper file in Photoshop Elements and just drag my photo & embellishment files on there where I want them. I type my text boxes, save the whole thing as a single .jpg, and upload it to Shutterfly. When I get to 101 pages (the max book size at Shutterfly, since this is a comprehensive family scrapbook - not just one year or one event) I'll have it printed and sent here!
This is soooo much cheaper than traditional paper scrapbooking. All my pics are digital, anyway, so I don't waste time & money printing them out for me to cut down. AND all the backgrounds, embellishments, etc. are all *FREE* on free digital scrapping sites! I have over 900 12x12 digital background papers I got all as free downloads - how much would 900 sheets of 12x12 designs be at a store, even on sale??? I am the biggest digital scrapping convert EVER! :-)
Just google "free digital scrapbooking" for tons of materials. Here are the sites I've used most, so far. A lot want you to "join their sites", but it's still free, and I haven't gotten ANY spam from any of them - just newsletters when there's new stuff. They all also have bigger kits that they sell, but I only download the free stuff:
For printing, I use Shutterfly over Snapfish - Snapfish has big deals more often, but I've found Shutterfly has a much better print quality, and I like big 12x12 books, so it actually matters. Here's the site for their print-your-digital-scrapbooks (not photo template books); click on the size books you're interested in for pricing: http://www.shutterfly.com/digitalscrapbook/scrapbook-overview.jsp
The other nice thing about digital scrapping over traditional paper scrapbooks is that you can show your pages easily to everyone! The only people who will ever see Will & Annelise's baby scrapbooks and our first family book on paper are the people who come over and sit in our house long enough to look through them. But these digital page files, I can share with everyone, so more people can see what we've been up to and enjoy the designs. After I finish a page, I upload it to Shutterfly, post a link here & on FB for people to see, and people can see them through our regular castleblake link, too. They just get a lot more viewing than any of my paper books ever will, and that makes it feel even more worth while, you know?