Monday, November 24, 2014

{Scrapbooking} Digital & Done 2012 & 2013

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!

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9 comments:

Tamar SB said...

They look great! I use the iphoto books now - so much cheaper than albums and printing!

Jules said...

Heather, these look amazing! Iguess that you are now officially a digital convert! I am currently working on an album through Artifact Uprising and cannot wait to get it ordered. I am hoping for a Black Friday sale....they are not cheap, but I have heard great things about them. My son actually did most of the work. We have his pictures taken every year around his birthday. It is impossible to pick just a few so I usually end up printing pretty much all of them and scrapping them. I had only done 3 of the six years that our same photographer had taken. Zach loaded all of the remaining three sessions and kinda made magic....lol. I will definitely share once we get it.

Becky said...

Your books looklook awesome!! I made a book like this for our Disney trip and it was such a time saver!! I do love handling the paper though :)

Bliss said...

Hmmm.... I never thought of doing this. Makes sense, otherwise who looks at the photos filed away on the computer other than the owner of the computer!

Carla from The River said...

Hi,
I am on the digital bandwagon. :-) I have created a few books too. I do enjoy them.
I make calendars each year for our family for Christmas. That is a lot of fun for me.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving.
Carla

Love Of Quilts said...

This is marvelous! Happy Thanksgiving.

Katie said...

These books look amazing! I love the way that you fit so many pictures in the books. The pages that are totally covered with pictures are my favorite too!

I love Shutterfly books, although I find that I spend forever working on the digital books because its just so easy to change things around (as opposed to traditional scrapping, where if I want to change it, prying up adhesive is required!) My December Daily and "special" books are digital - like our engagement photo shoot and our wedding (you know, when I finish that one!)

Dawn Gross said...

Beautiful! I still work with papers & such. Starting with 2015 I plan on doing everything thru the Project Life app. Quick/easy/done!

Ida said...

Wow those turned out awesome! I may need to do that as it looks like a fabulous way to document things.

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