Can You Afford to Go Digital?

For some, embracing digital scrapbooking has led to an economic windfall. Several women from my scrapbook club are masters at finding free downloads for their projects. As a result, they have been able to save hundreds of dollars on scrapbooking supplies.

In that regard, digital scrapbooking can yield huge savings. However, when trying to figure out if you can afford to switch from traditional scrapbooking to an online version, you also have to consider time and computer knowledge. For example, my mom willingly admits that she is about as tech-challenged as they come. It would take her weeks to fully comprehend the art of scrapbooking online, and even if she mastered the basics, she would likely despise having to venture out of her comfort zone. Therefore, in her case, digital scrapbooking may not be the best use of her time, talent or money.

On the flipside, if you are open to new challenges and are not afraid of advances in technology, then digital scrapbooking may be right up your alley. Though, if there is one thing I have learned about digital scrapbooking it’s that no matter how technically adept you are, if you are not organized, you can end up wasting a ton of time and money making memory books online.

It usually takes a bit of time to come up with a system that works for your organizational style. I adhere to the three folder method. The first folder is where I keep all the photos I want to scrapbook. The second folder holds all my digital embellishments and the last folder is where I file all of my completed layouts.

The tri-folder method works for me because I rarely work on more than one scrapbook at a time. Having only three folders may seem a bit basic, but by keeping things simple I am able to organize and strategize with ease. It also helps that I title and number my files so they correspond to a specific page or book.

Has digital scrapbooking paid off for you?

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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.