Are You Ready to Go Digital?

It’s going to take more than a few free kits to get my mom to experiment with digital scrapbooking. To say that my mother is set in her ways is a severe understatement. The woman wouldn’t even make a sample layout despite the hundreds of digital scrapbooking freebies that are available on the Internet.

I, on the other hand, am all about free. This summer I have been taking a crash course in digital scrapbooking. My main objective is to see how many scrapbooking items I can accumulate without having to spend a penny in the process. As I mentioned earlier, there are several reputable websites that generously offer free scrapbooking kits, including Shabby Princess, The Digi Chick, Two Peas in a Bucket, Cottage Arts and Digital Scrapbook Place.

The aforementioned sites feature free items from paper to entire digital layouts. However, if you are just getting your feet wet in the digital arena, I would suggest starting off small. For example, rather than diving in head first and trying to create a bunch a layouts from the get-go, I decided to make a simple journaling block as my first foray into digital scrapping. In doing so I was able to incorporate a bunch of different fonts, clip art and a single photo. From there I moved on to working with digital frames. When you are working with digital frames you open yourself up to experimenting with image editing filters and a host of other features that help enhance your photos.

Once you master smaller digital scrapbooking elements, you can graduate to bigger projects, such as templates. I have grown quite fond of templates as they really cut down on the amount of time it takes to create an entire page design. With digital templates all you need to do is drag and drop your favorite pictures into pre-selected spots. When you’re finished, you can add some journaling and tweak a few details, and your layout is ready to print or share.

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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.