Nine Reasons to Digital Scrapbook

The other day I told you WHAT digital scrapbooking is, and described one reason I scrapbook digitally. Here are my top nine reasons to digital scrapbook.

  1. Less Mess, 2. Requires minimal space, 3. Costs less than paper scrapbooking, 4. Oh how I LOVE The Undo Button, 5. Can reuse supplies (and never run out!), 6. Easy to print duplicate scrapbooks, 7. Others can browse my layouts and I’m not stressed about them getting ruined, 8. Faster and easier (for me) than paper scrapbooking, 9. Ability to adjust papers and elements to perfectly match my photos

If you’re already a digital scrapbooker, what about you? Why do YOU love digital scrapbooking?

Let’s add a 10th reason to our list!

Comments

  1. StarWarsFans says:

    I love that I can crop, resize, and add special effects to my photos. When you paper scrap, you generally just have printed 4×6 sized photos to work with and can only do so much with them as far as cropping and special effects. With diiscrapping, the possiblities are endless.

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  2. I love that I can recolor stuff! I have a favorite heart element that I love to use…what’s nice about it being digital is if I want I to stay hot pink it can, but if I want it to be yellow or turquoise, I can easily change the color to match my layout. :)

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  3. Christina Anderson says:

    I love that I can vary the size of my photos. If I want to use my photo as a large blended background I can. I can also crop it close and change what I see. It’s not as easy with photos and scissors. :)

    I also love that I don’t have to worry that an item is acidic and will ruin my photo.

    Another thing (ha) I love is that I can do it instantly when I take a photo. I can download it and instantly do a layout, rather than waiting for forever and hoping my photo came out okay (which obviously now we can tell with digital cameras but waiting for photos is a real pain).

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  4. Rebecca (mamabee) says:

    The best thing about digi… you can shop in your jammies, 24/7!! :)

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  5. No scissors! No trimmers! No sharp objects of any kind! These things are DANGEROUS in my house full of small children.

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  6. I love it be you can use your digital images and make beautiful card, calendars, and so many other gifts and beautiful things with my craft. Plus the fact that this craft makes us graphic artists!

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  7. I love the fact that you can do it early in the morning or late at night and not here “What are you doing? You are making too much noise!”

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  8. How about the fact that anyone can create gorgeous pages using quick pages or templates?! And the versatility of what happens with the finaly layout – some make amazing artwork that are perfect for framing, you can print layouts out and incorporate them into your traditional scrapbooks, or make them into gorgeous photobooks. There’s also so many hybrid options too!!
    Summed up: Digi ROCKS! :)

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  9. #10 for me is, it’s my “THERAPY” ~ my “ME TIME”!!! And this is something we all need, whether it’s a daily dose of digi or whenever we can squeeze it in to our busy lives. I don’t know about you all, but it keeps me sane! :-)

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  10. With a laptop, I can do it ANYWHERE! Totally portable, no packing up of supplies. Scrapping on the road is not only fun, but allows me to use ‘dead time’ waiting in airports or riding in the car to its fullest advantage.

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  11. Julie Rae says:

    Digital scrapbooking has brought this grandmother into the 21st century, but not kicking and screaming! I was motivated to learn for all the reasons above, and now embrace technology as my partner in creating wonderful layouts and hybrid projects of my children and grandchild.

    Also, my daughter and I can share layouts and photos online as she lives hours away and we can do this anytime convenient for us. Such an awesome hobby!

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  12. Bananasandrice says:

    DUPLICATION. I can multiply whatever I want!

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  13. #10 no waiting around.
    In the paper and glue world, I choose a sketch, resize my photos, take them to be developed, come home and then can’t find the sketch, don’t really think the photos work as I imagined, my inspiration for creating that LO with telling the story has evaporated.
    Digi I can choose a template, resize the photos, change papers and embellies at a click and then email my Lo and collect it the next day.
    Speed Queen.

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  14. I love that I can sit in the den with my family and scrapbook at the same time. What’s better than enjoying time with them while editing photos, working on a page, etc?

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  15. Grandparents love digi

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  16. I love that with digital scrapbooking I can zoom a picture in for a close up, even tho the photo wasn’t taken that way, with just a couple of clicks. Where as with paper scrapping you would need to have the picture reprinted.

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  17. Most definitely I love the instant gratification of shopping for digital supplies (at midnight if you wish)and being able to search for that perfect kit without leaving home. It also used to drive me crazy that I could never get a straight cut with my stupid paper cutter!

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  18. #10

    Instant gratification and clean up! I have everything in separate folders and know exactly where everything is. I also love the fact you can print these out and put them in albums or photobooks, without the bulk of traditional paper pages. I can print out several at a time and give the same layout to several people! I can save a layout as a QP and drag and drop different photos. Sharing your pages is so much easier, no taking pictures, just resize and upload :)

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  19. The biggest reason for me:

    SAFTEY!!!!!

    with three small children, using those razor sharp tools to paper scrap became scary for me. I was always nervous they would grab one and get hurt.

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  20. I can put as many pictures on a layout as I want. There are so many more options for a page when you can make the picture whatever size you want. This goes for elements too. Being able to change the size and color of anything on your page gives so many more options!

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  21. I love that its quiet and takes no tools but your software, no mess laying around the house. Just me and my computer (and CTRL-Z, of course!).

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  22. #10? for me – TEMPLATES and CTRL+G! Makes scrapbooking quick and easy which means I can get more memories scrapbooked!

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  23. Templates! I use templates almost every time I scrap. It’s like starting with my page half done already. And I can use the same template over and over again, change whatever I want and I end up with a ton of pages that look totally different.

    Oh, and no small scraps of paper to keep track of, or feel guilty about throwing away!

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  24. It’s a great reason to continue learning. There is always something new to learn. A new technique, tool, or use of a product within my program.

    It’s also a great reason to upgrade my technology.

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  25. I love digiscrapping because I upload my layouts to my blog, and then I can look at them when I am at work, or traveling, or anywhere! and they can easily be shared with my friends.

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  26. Natalia aka Maygirl says:

    Thank you for the article! Digital scrap is really cool, for me it is less time, less mess and less money as well )))

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  27. blurooferika says:

    I think the reason I stick with digi beyond all of the other good reasons above, is that the thought of having to predetermine the size my photos and then go get them printed out before I can even get started just stops me dead in my tracks. Way too much effort for a small part of something that can take an hour or two to whip out digitally. Don’t get me wrong, I love my papers, ribbons and brads and use them a lot for cardmaking, but I’ll stick to digital if I’m gonna make a layout!

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  28. The main reason for going digi was babies/toddlers in a very small house, and no space to call my own for scrapbooking which meant that if I wanted to do anything I had to get everything out and the put it all away again…. Increasingly I just could not be bothered. Then I discovered digi…and there is no going back!

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  29. grannymike says:

    I love your reasons and the reasons above as well. As a relative newcomer to digital scrapper at an older age (now 67) and having never paper scrapped, I can find nothing about it to dislike. In the days when I started school and where I lived, there was no kindergarten. Therefore, I don’t think I ever learned how to “really” cut and paste very well. The computer makes that so simple. I especially love the fact that “no photographs were damaged in the making of this scrap page” applies. I can crop, alter, change photos to my heart’s desire and yet my original is intact. That would be my number 10. I think that my be my very favorite aspect of digi scrapping. The thought of actually cutting my printed photos was one of the big things that kept me from ever paper scrapping. Thanks for giving us all food for thought.

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  30. Nancy Walker says:

    My eye-fingers-hand coordination is MIA, but the eye-finger-click is why I love digital.

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  31. If the digi supplies I have were real I’d need 3 rooms to fit them in.I love that I can do anything to a layout and reuse everything as many times as I want.I’m a sucker for having lots of things to chose from.The digital kit prices are irresistable.One kit with 70-80 elements,papers and alphas costs as much as a good real sticker sheet does.
    Whenever I feel down I browse the digi shops and shop all the time without giving a fortune.There are so many reasons but the main reason is that it is easier.

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  32. MichelleM-WA says:

    In addition to the 9 love-ly items you list, I love all the creative things that I can do to my photos (crop, slice, dice, zoom, shape, make it B&W, sepia or other-colored) w/o really changing my photo!

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  33. I love how all my memories from when I took the pictures remain eternal. Paper gets ruined with time. Digital is forever! :)

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  34. THE BEST THING ABOUT DIGI-SCRAPPING IS EVERYTHING!!!- IT ROCKS!

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  35. teddyprayer says:

    I love that you can rescue photos that simply wouldn’t be good enough for a paper page just by blending them into the background :)

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  36. I love that if I ever get a hankerin’ for doing something paperish…it is sooooo easy to go hybrid.

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  37. A bit late…
    - I can find and order digital elements right when I need them (no need to stop scrapping and go to the LSS or wait for the parcel by mail).
    - I can make my own elements (and they are free and unique).
    - I can take a photo and scrap it right away.
    - If I print my digital LO, it will look great. How about scanning my paper LO? Hmmm…
    - I can duplicate my LO and offer it to another person (grandparents etc). If I tried doing this in paper, I would need money, time, effort.

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  38. #10 – I can look younger, thinner and prettier all with the click of a few buttons!!!!

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  39. Yep, I love digi for all your reasons. Also for me – not having to decide what size to make my photos before I scrap (and being able to fit more on a page if I desire) and being able to SO EASILY take my laptop to a crop are my two additions.

    Here’s a true story: one time, just as I was starting to get into digital, I wanted to go to a crop. But I didn’t have a paper project organized and set aside, and the thought of packing so much random paper and tools and etc that I probably wouldn’t even get around to using because I was unorganized just made me miserable. The only organized project I had going on was a digital one. But this was before I had a laptop. So what did I do? PACKED MY WHOLE DESKTOP AND TOOK IT TO THE LSS, that’s what. And oh, man, even though I felt ridiculous, I got SO much done! It was fantastic! So yeah, I adore the ease of taking all my supplies in my little ol’ laptop bag. (Though, naturally, I get a lot more done if I prepare my projects beforehand. But at least I don’t break my back trying to allow for any eventuality, even if I’m not organized.)

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    pameladonnis Reply:

    WOH. Now that’s commitment (bringing desktop). I can’t stop laughing about that :).
    Being able to go to crops and scrapbook digitally was one of the MAIN reasons I got my laptop when I had the choice to get a new computer a couple of years ago. Isn’t it so much fun!

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    falwyn Reply:

    @pameladonnis, It really is fun. And yes, I laugh too, picturing myself hauling the whole computer (still lighter than my usual paper stuff!). Not to mention the look on everyone’s face who watched me setting up. LOL! :)

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  40. Love listening to you on Paper Clipping digi talk. Can I use your 9 things image on my blog with full credits and links? I’m introducing digi scrapping to homeschoolers at heartofwsidom.com/scrapbook

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    pameladonnis Reply:

    No problem :)

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