Dinosaurs Going Digital

When it comes to computers, my mom is a triceratops; super slow and completely uninspired. Last weekend I needed her help to get some documents published and my head nearly exploded from frustration. Her computer was working great; mine was gone, so I was forced to talk her through the process… on the phone… from 5,000 miles away. Five hours later I was furiously looking around for some Patron, and I don’t drink.

Needless to say, I refuse to be my mom’s digital scrapbooking mentor.

Not that it matters because she won’t take a single step into the world of digital memory book-making.

She tried… for about an hour, and then quit.

She likened the process to learning a foreign language.

Of course, my mom is not the only one who has gotten lost navigating the wild world of digital scrapbooking terminology. While I would hardly compare it to learning Japanese, it does take a bit of time and effort to get the hang of.

For example, a ccontact page doesn’t list your favorite friends. Rather, in digital scrapbooking, a contact sheet is a file that features individual thumbnails of the contents of a computer scrapbooking kit.

Digital scrapbooking terms also include a slew of abbreviations, such as:

PU: Means personal use. It’s used to signify that a digital paper or element is for personal use only and can’t be burned to a disc and sold.

PPI or pixels per inch. An image with a high PPI will look better when printed than one with a lower number.

PSD: Is the abbreviation used for the file format featured on Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, two very popular digital scrapbooking computer programs.

.ZIP: The term .Zip files is often seen when you download a digital kit on your computer. The process compresses multiple files into one folder to create an archive.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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