As many of you know from my previous post I enjoy scrapbooking. When I had time to scrapbook, I would look forward to the Sunday paper to see if Michael’s had one of their golden “take 20% off your entire order” coupons and then greedily scan the rest of the ad to see if their scrapping supplies and tools were also on sale. It was a banner day if they were. I would stock up on stickers, brads, die cuts, pens and pretty papers. I guess I’m somewhat Old School. The latest and greatest thing is digital scrapbooking which I haven’t really tried. I know some scrappers love doing their books on the computer and believe it’s the way to go if you want to preserve memories for the future.
There are a bazillion computer software programs on the market that have tons of pre-designed layouts and so much clip art it will make your head spin. Maybe it just makes my head spin. They all appear to be easy to use and fun to work with. Judging from the description on the boxes, and those neat screen shots, many have made a real effort to create a point-and-click interface that is foolproof – which I appreciate.
One feature that these programs have as an advantage over Old School scrapbooking is the ability to create PDF files and even combine PDF files. You can upload your pages onto any website or even email them to your best friend in Iowa in the blink of an eye. Something you just cannot do with my beloved volumes.
Even though all the digital scrapbooking programs offer so much, I still enjoy creating a book the Old School way. I enjoy the feel of the vellum paper in my hands, the smell of the glue, and hearing the *snip snip snip* of my Fiskars craft scissors that relaxes me. Plus, since I do spend a part of my day staring at a computer screen already it’s a welcome break from cyberspace.
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