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Digital scrapbooking elements reprinted with permission from designer Marie Stones

Photographs © 2007 Liz Masoner licensed to About.com, Inc.
Scrapbooking is one of the "in" things to do with photographs. However, not all of us have the time or skill to cut out and piece together tiny scraps of paper into a beautiful design. So you are left wondering what to do with all of those wonderful images from your last vacation or other special event. There are several good options to create your own digital scrapbook.
  • Scrapbooking Programs
    Programs like Nova Development’s Scrapbook Factory Deluxe 3.0 offer extremely simple ways to create amazing scrapbook pages. Scrapbook Factory Deluxe 3.0 allows you to choose from thousands of templates based on event categories such as birthdays, holidays, and vacations. It even has options for printing embellishments on the page such as tags and ribbons that look like they are real instead of printed graphics. Although each program has its own individual set of instructions, the basic premise for all of them is to; choose a format, insert your text, insert your photo, add extras such as embellishments, and print.

  • Photo Editing Software
    If you are a bit more technically savvy, you can also create wonderful pages with software such as Adobe Photoshop Elements.

  • Additional Help
    There is even an entire magazine devoted to helping you create your own digital scrapbook pages. Digital Scrapbooking fills its pages with how-to’s and reader submitted examples. For those of us who wish to kiss goodbye the expense as well as the paper cuts of traditional scrapbooking, there is Free Digital Scrapbooking with lots and lots of free downloads to decorate your virtual pages.

  • Displaying Your Pages
    Now what do you do once you have created a digital scrapbook page? I suggest printing them out and placing them into a photo album with static-free inserts. This allows your images to be protected from damage and allows you to make easily revisions to the album later on by simply slipping out one page and inserting another. A wonderful side benefit is that you can also save your pages as a digital slideshow on a CD or DVD and mail them to grandparents or other relatives for minimal postage.
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