Category Archives: Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking and photo projects

Scrapbooking and Photo Stuff

In 2000 I entered the world of scrapbooking.  I was invited to a Creative Memories Scrapbooking party hosted by a girlfriend.  This was way before today’s digital world of photo sharing sites, online or mobile apps with various templates, embellishments, journaling and other features.  The traditional scrapbooking process was very, very time consuming and pricey.  Hot to complete my first 12 x 12 book I would stay up all hours of the night and work into the day.  Cropping, cutting, pasting, journaling.  The key to a great scrapbook took some planning on how to decorate a page. What background paper to use, what to say, the props, and how to position each piece. I worked a full time job so pages were created over a weekend and as I had time.  Many runs were made to Michael’s store for supplies.  Clip Art software came in handy for embellishing pages.  Of course this required me to print the props and actually cut them with scissors in order to paste them to the page.  I actually completed 3 – 12 x 12 books.  Due to other demands I stopped for a while, and started again 4 years ago.  This time, however, creating digital versions!  Yay!  I was so happy as more and more software and apps came onto the market.  I liked the point and click!  It eliminated cutting and pasting.  At the beginning I surprised myself.  I had no I idea I had a creative streak in me.  I was never a crafter or artist. There is still an amount of time spent to create the digital versions. I do have fun with it!

A few years back I scanned all photographs creating digital files on my computer.  This allowed me to share my photographs with other family members on DVD, since I was the only person holding these copies.   The photo projects I create these days include-

  • individual memory pages
  • scrap boards using the large project poster boards
  • collages of various sizes
  • photo books
  • scrapbooks (traditional and mostly digital)
  • cards (digital, paper, video)
  • decorative envelopes
  • picture CDs
  • creating movies with pictures on DVD
  • video transfer home movies from VHS to the computer/DVD

While documenting my experience I wondered about the history for Scrapbooking.  Wikipedia provides the history and statistical trends.  I am one of the over 4 million women scrapbookers.  Keep up with what is happening with Scrapbooking at

Photo Project Tools

In the last two weeks I have been busy with photo projects.  I re-evaluted the tools utilized for my projects to ensure they are still effective to produce quality work and a good level of productivity.  I don’t consider myself an expert nor am I familiar with all the software available.  At this point, decided to continue with what I have.  These all work for me, afterall, meeting the objective.   Here is my aresenal.

Digital Scrapbooking
My Memories Suite is my fave for creating scrap pages, cards or digital scrapbooks.   A traditional (paper) Scrapbooker for a few years, I found this software to be the digital version of creating a scrapbook manually.  I tried various software prior to this; in my opinion this process was right on it.  The tool contains many designs; so much flexibility.  It has the ability to create a movie as the finished product to DVD or a shared link.

I started using Photoshop more for editing and photo enhancement.  I am working towards bringing my skill to a higher level.   I also have Photoshop Elements which came with the Wacom Bamboo pen.  This really helps in the editing process.  Having the pen also helps get away from using the keyboard all the time while using the computer.

Did not really use an organizer.  Today, for the first time I actually took the time to really become familiar with Picasa to see if it can be beneficial in my aresenal of tools.  I’m probably the last to know it has built in features for adding enhancements to photos, much like other software.  I thought this one was cool.

Canon Rebel T3i Software Package
I have a Canon DSLR, Rebel T3i.  With the packaged software it came with Digital Photo Professional.  This is a great software to  perform batch process on certain actions, which I use for reducing the size of photos to post to the web or rename files.   I always shoot photos set to the largest size on the camera in the event large prints may be produced.  Not doing this once was a lesson learned.  The package also has an organizer which I need to test further to determine the best one to use.

Video Creation
Roxio Media Creator is the one for me right now.  Using the ION VCR to PC video converter, I transfer VHS videos to digital and use Roxio to create movies on DVD for family and friends.  Movies of special moments do not need to be sitting around on outdated media.

Photo Sharing
Shutterfly is my choice for sharing photos with family and friends in a customized view.  Picasa Web Albums is used for the quick upload for those anxious to see the photos right away.  My projects include creating photo books through Shutterfly (or other site) for photographs I take or taken by others.

I would love to hear about the computer based tools others are using!!  The mobile tools are a different world and I have not had a time to explore those yet.   Let me know.