Quick and Easy Scrapbooking


Scrapbooking has never been so easy.

If you’ve admired memory albums from afar, but didn’t think you were creative enough to craft elaborate layouts, it’s time to squash your inhibitions.

Fortunately, the Internet has made scrapbooking simpler and more accessible than ever before. With the introduction of online scrapbook kits, skill level, income and creativity no longer come into play. Digital kits feature all the design elements, paper and tools necessary to construct a memory book that will be appreciated for decades to come.

Contrary to popular belief you don’t have to be a computer geek to complete a digital scrapbook project. Most kits require a version of Windows such as XP or VISTA. Graphic files generally come in png or jpeg files and the downloading instructions are provided. Once you find a kit that suits your theme, you can start delving into all of its features, including special effects such as textures, bevels, embossing and shadows. Some kits even come with content managers to sort paper and design elements, as well as tools, such as brushes, photo organizers and design elements such as flourishes, frames or digital postmarks.

The bulk of online scrapbooking kits are extremely user friendly and can be employed by beginners and veterans alike. If you are just starting out in the world of digital scrapbooking look for “help” tabs featured on the pages. This common feature walks you through the process of loading graphics, editing photos and designing layouts. In addition, most kits also include general tips for using embellishments and ideas on how to make the most of basic scrapbooking techniques.

Thankfully, the Internet is filled with dozens of free digital scrapbook kits which allow you to craft entire memory albums without busting your budget. Scrapgirls, Two Peas in a Bucket, Digital Scrapbook Place and Free Digital Scrapbooking are among the most popular sites for kits that won’t cost you a dime to download. Just remember to read the fine print before you start clicking away at the kit options. Some sites require that you join their clubs in order to access their materials.

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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.