Hello loves! Happy Thursday, wherever you are in the world. Today’s Crafty Corner is all about one of my favourite hobbies – digital scrapbooking.
Digital scrapbooking is just that: it’s scrapbooking, but done in a digital program like Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro with kits and graphics you can find online. I’ve preferred digital scrapbooking ever since I got curious and tried it in late 2009. With me living back and forth between countries for a decent chunk of the last eight years, it’s been a great, compact way of enjoying a craft project without hauling about tons of sometimes-expensive supplies, and you can reuse THESE supplies over and over again!
Of course, I’m not knocking traditional scrapbooking whatsoever! I used to do it myself and I admire what goes into it! Digital just works better for me personally. I also learned how to use Photoshop in the process, which is pretty handy! I learned a bunch of different interesting techniques on that program.
What follows are my older layouts, the ones I’m still super happy with. Some won me layout and member spotlights, some were in a hall of fame, others won me big site challenges. I scrapped pretty much every aspect of my life, usually in a graphic, art journal kind of style that I found was a fabulous way of expressing myself.
Some layouts were for my Book of Me, a visual account of my life thus far. They touched upon memories, feelings, my personality, and how my hobbies made me feel.
Some of these layouts were artistic opportunities for venting emotions and thoughts that were plaguing me at the time.
I loved scrapping my family, especially my nieces and nephews. I loved creating fantasy or graphical layouts featuring them at play:
But my favourite subject to scrap was my sister Rebecca. She was my muse, and some of my favourite layouts feature her and got me into various member spotlights in the digital scrapping world. Sorry, Becky! 😛
I also liked scrapping my friends in a fantasy style. My favourite of these is one I did of my dear friend Catherine:
There are layouts featuring Nature in all her glory:
And some layouts don’t have photos at all, just written memories:
Heck, I even make use of blurry photos and use them in backgrounds and with various textures. Take this layout featuring my mom as the big photo, for example. There’s something about this blurry photo that I’ve always LOVED, and I wanted to use it! So it’s got some texture overlays to give a really cool effect. Also, there’s my sisters and brother! HI GUYS!
And two of my layouts were even published in Somerset Digital Studio Magazine (one of them featuring Becky, of course!):
I had only scrapped a couple pages since August 2014, so sitting down to my pc and Photoshop here at home has been a very welcome feeling! My scrapping pages now are more modest and done in a more traditional style of scrapbooking, mainly because I have a LOT to catch up on! Haha! So in the next Crafty Corner post, I’ll share a load of my new layouts with you all 🙂
Interested in digital scrapbooking? Check out these sites! Scrapbird has two of my favourite designers on there (Elizabeth Weaver and Meryl Bartho) who were on the site I started out on (which is now sadly closed)!