Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Answering Mamatulip's Questions...

OK girl. I'm going to answer your questions about digital scrapbooking. First of all, I definitely print out my layouts. Basically, I have scrapbooks just like a traditional paper scrapper would. There are a few ways you can do this. I do two things.

The first way I do it is to print out the layouts at home and slide them into an album. I bought an 8" x 8" album at WalMart for like $7.00, but you can get REALLY cool ones in all different sizes. I scrap my layouts to be 12" x 12" (because that's the size of the digital scrapbooking "papers"), but since I want to print them at home and only have a standard printer, I reduce the entire image to 8" x 8" and just slide them into the album. I print them on regular ol' 8.5"x11" photo paper and then just trim them down to 8x8. A bunch of online photo websites are now printing layouts out for you, so if you don't want to/can't print them yourself at home, you just pay these places per layout, the same way you would if you were ordering normal 4"x6" photos.

So anyway here's a layout, printed on my printer at home and trimmed down:

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Then I just slide them into my album, which is just like any other photo album, except it's square:

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So I have some albums all filled like this with layouts I printed at home:

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The other thing I do, usually for gifts for Christmas and stuff, is get them printed into actual bound books at Shutterfly. Shutterfly totally caters to the digital scrapbooker these days and has templates and everything to make sure your layouts aren't cut off around the edges when they print full bleed pages (pages where your images go all the way to the edge). They print them in all different sizes including 12"x12", 8"x8" and 6"x6".

For example, I made one for Steve for Father's Day this year. Here's the front cover. I scrapped the cover (and back cover and spine) and then uploaded them to Shutterfly the same way I would upload my normal photos. This looks and feels just like a real hardcover book.

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And here are two shots of the inside. The pages look and feel just like a regular coffee table book would feel. Everyone I've given these to LOVES them and I really need to get my ass in gear and start uploading to Shutterfly for the grandparents' Christmas gifts this year. LOL!

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So basically, there are a bunch of ways you can get them printed out so you can actually look at them when you're not on your computer. LOL! But yes, I also scrap my desktop backgrounds. LOL! You can also scrap layouts to use in calendars (at Shutterfly and many other places), and some people have their layouts printed out (or print them at home) and then frame them and hang them on the wall. What I like about it compared to traditional scrapbooking is that I can scrap a layout and then print it out as many times as I want to for gifts and such. I could make a bazillion albums if I wanted to, ya know? Plus, I can go back in later and change anything I decide I don't like, etc. Oh yeah, and there's the fact that I don't have to drag out glue, scissors, paper cutters, rulers, etc. like I used to have to do when I did paper scrapping. What a royal pain in the ass. LOL!

So anyway, there's the scoop. Everything you wanted to know and more. Aren't you glad you asked? ;)

6 comments:

Kimmykay said...

Love them. You are so creative. Wish I lived closer and you could just do all mine. LOL. What kind of laptop do you have? I actually am going to get one by the beginning of next year. I don't want to drop a lot of dough though.

Chelle Y. said...

That is so cool! I am a year behind on my scrapbooking, and am really considering going digital. Does it cost about the same as regular scrapbooking?

Great pictures.

Veronica said...

Honestly girl you amaze me! The layouts, the book, everything is just beautiful. You make it sound so easy too!

ALLISON said...

Kim: I actually don't have a laptop anymore. I had a Toshiba, but spilled into it and fried it, remember? LOL! I DO have a laptop from my company though. That's a Dell and if I was going to get one, I'd probably go Dell. The new desktop I bought at the beginning of the year is a Dell and I like it. :)

Chelle: It's cheaper in some ways. Designers are ALWAYS giving out free stuff, so you really could just scrap with freebies at first. You'd have to spend money to buy either Photoshop Elements or Photoshop first, but after that, it's kind of up to you what you spend. Most digital "kits," which include papers, other elements, word art, alphas, etc. run between $5.00 and $6.00. But the beauty is that you can use everything over and over again, unlike you could with paper supplies.

Veronica: Thank you so much. LOL! It IS easy for me NOW, but it certainly wasn't at first. It's been a looooong process and now I know Photoshop like the back of my hand, but before that, I made many a crappy layout. LOL!

Tink said...

That book is awesome! Alright, it's official. I want to scrapbook. You bitch. As if I needed ANOTHER addiction. ;)

mamatulip said...

Wow. I AM glad I asked. Those are AWESOME layouts and I love that book! Very cool, dude...you may have just inspired me to try digital scrapbooking, since I'm too lazy to do the 'real' thing.

Key word in that sentence is "may". *snort*