Scrapbooking Catch-up

Most people know this about me.  I’m a huge procrastinator at heart.  I try hard not to be, but the urge to just wait one more day overcomes me.  Then there are the distractions: facebook, pinterest, games and TV.  All of this came together (along with moving and misplacing things) to keep me from scrapbooking for the past 3 years.  I heard that gasp.  I know.  I’ll try to do better.

For the past 5 years, I’ve gathered the kids’ school photos, piles and piles of scrapbooking albums and supplies, plus the tools of the trade.  They’ve languished in dark corners of my closets, in boxes, in bags.  They’ve conspired to take me by force.  And in the process, they’ve gobbled up a bunch of money, like starving little weasels.  And for all of that, 3 years of pictures remain in their original envelopes.  Heck, there isn’t a single picture in Katie’s album.  I hang my head in shame.

I found that it’s just too overwhelming.  I have to drag out all that stuff, cover the only table in the house with it, then clean it all up in time for dinner.  It’s messy, time-consuming, and just plain tedious.  So, I decided to investigate the world of digital scrapbooking.

There are tons of sites about this all over the net.  People offer freebies all over the place.  They’re gorgeous and alluring; the siren-song of digi-scrap drew me in.  The hard drive filled up.  Pages were made, pages were edited.  I was in heaven.  And through all of that, there wasn’t a single scrap of paper on the floor.  It’s pure love, I tell you!

My problem is that we always buy the 8 x 10 pictures from school.  Thus, I have to use a 12 x 12 page.  Fine.  I also don’t like to make a page with a scanned copy of the picture, then have to store the picture away as well.  I like to make the page, print it, then put the physical picture ON IT.  That requires more thought.  But it is do-able.  Certain things have to be added after the fact, if you intend to have any of the embellishments overlap the picture.  Or, they can be printed right over that big white space, then meticulously cut out so that the picture fits behind them.  Also do-able.

What was NOT do-able was the printing.  Neither of our printers will handle a 12-inch square of paper.  And the ink is impossibly expensive.  We don’t have the money to spend $5-10 printing each page at a print shop.  We don’t have Costco or Office Depot, or even a Kinkos here.  What we DO have is the internet and a lot of time.  So, I searched and found several places that will do the pages.  You upload the image, then have it mailed to you.  I tried several.  The very best that I found was Persnickety Prints.  They provided a gorgeous print, didn’t cost an arm and a leg, and delivered VERY quickly.  I’ll be sending them 7 more pages next week,  I’m all caught up.  Yay!

As for my software, I use nothing but Paintshop Pro 7.  If you’re into graphics, you know why I use 7 instead of the newest version.  Suffice it to say that it does graphic design and editing much better than the newer ones.  Here is a small picture of the page as I first made it, before printing…

The raw page


And here is the page, after printing, with the top circles cut out and my handsome boy put in place with some clear sticky corners.

The finished product


It came out quite nicely and I was able to use the original picture.  It also exists in its original state, so that if he wants to remove the picture or do something else with it later in life (after I’m gone) then he’ll have that option.  I fear permanence.

This page was made in Paintshop from scratch.  I didn’t use any digital kits for this one, I just made it.  If you use digi kits, then it’s a lot easier.  There are some amazing artists out there who do a MUCH better job than I ever could.  Some of their stuff is offered for free and some is for sale.  I troll their sites weekly, and that’s how I get all my scrapbook art.  Here are just a few of my favorites:

Digi Design Resort

Marzia’s Place

Twin Mom Scraps

Digital Crea

Scrapbooks Gone Digital

Digi Scrap Depot

Friendly Scrap

Shabby Princess

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed our little talk about scrapbooking.  If you find any other amazing digi scrap sites, feel free to comment and let me know about them.  I’m always looking for more options and design inspiration.  You can never have enough (though my hard drive says I do!) so I welcome suggestions.




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