After finishing up my 2011 scrapbook back in July I decided I was going to give digital scrapbooking a try.
My traditional supplies are dwindling and what I do have takes up a lot of space and makes a mess so I liked the idea of going digital...no photos to order, no physical cropping of photos or running out of adhesive halfway through a layout. The idea was appealing!
Shutterfly was running a 50% off sale and that motivated me to finish two books in a short time(over a weekend).
I went through my Iphoto library and uploaded photos that I wanted to use into folders by date. I used the Custom Path which lets you customize your book the way you want it. Each book started as a standard 12 x 12 book with 20 pages and a hard cover. I added the maximum number (91) of additional pages and also upgraded to matte finish (I hate glossy!).
There was definitely a learning curve to getting the pages just right and I had to add and take away some photos to make my layouts work sometimes. I also noticed that my Iphone and Instagram photos needed to be on the smaller side since their resolution isn't as high. The books come out larger than they appear on screen as well.
I love these layouts where the photos cover the whole page.
There were a lot of fun 'stickers' and embellishments that I could pick from.
This was fun but time consuming because I took a lot of time deciding what I wanted to use.
Most of the time, I just let the photos speak for themselves and kept the layouts simple. I definitely didn't journal as much because I was pressed for time.
I love how slim and compact the books are and that I can fit an entire year of photos in one book (they hold up to 1000 photos each).
Overall I'm very pleased with the books now that I've got them home (I can't stop looking at them!). They are definitely a time saver and a money saver. For two books I spent a little more than $200. The prints alone (even at a discount) would have been $180 and then I'd have the added expense of albums, pages, protectors, adhesive and embellishments.
What do you think? Are you on the digital bandwagon already? I'm sure I'll always do some traditional albums but I think I'm hooked!
Do you follow?