What is digital scrapbooking? Beautiful albums!

I do both traditional and digital scrapbooking. What is digital scrapbooking? It's not printing digital photos and sliding them into sleeves. It's a lot more creative and fun than that!

The simple fact is you don't have to choose. You can do traditional scrapbooking, digital scrapbooking, or both like I do. Each have their place and you don't have to select one way and abandon the other. Enjoy the benefits and fruits of both!

What are the similarities?

Traditional scrapbooking and digital scrapbooking have differences and similarities.

  Traditional Digital
Final result is actual printed album with pages
Stories / Journaling
Finished dimensions up to 12" x 12"


What are some differences?

Name some of the differences you know. I've thought of these...

Feature Traditional Digital
Final printed thickness Up to 3 inches Up to 1/2 inch
Tools Assortment of cutting, shaping, attaching tools Computer & software
Tools storage closet or room space for computer
Supplies album covers, pages, papers, stickers, and more supplies digital equivalents
Supply Storage closet or room on computer
Album Storage coffee table, bookshelf need less space on coffee table, bookshelf
Effort set up table, pull out supplies and tools start working with software
Photos print photos to use in scrapbook use digital photos which will be printed in album
Photo storage shoe boxes, drawers, organizers organized on computer (see video)


What are the benefits of each?

Each way of creating scrapbooks brings its own benefits.

  Traditional Digital
Easier with a busy life to work during available snipets of time  
No cleanup  
Use "supplies" over and over  
Tactile pleasure of creating  
Effortless to make one or more duplicates  
Journaling in own handwriting  
Lighter albums for especially children to hold  
Technically easier (no IT help needed)  
Less storage room for finished product  
Work on your scrapbooks in a group ("crops")
Video tutorials available

A couple videos to whet your appetite

If you're at the stage of "what is digital scrapbooking," a couple of short videos might really help you start your exploration. Watch both in under 10 minutes.

Solutions for digital photos

Digital Scrapbooking Software Top 10 List

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