which is cheaper- digi or paper?

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which is cheaper- digi or paper?

Lurker here. Smile I've been paper scrapping for a few years and I really love it. I mostly got started when I had DS and really enjoyed it, but then DH lost his job when DS was 7 months old and I haven't bought a thing since. I used up most of my stash, and since I've run out of supplies I kind of let it go- I've been printing pictures and putting them in photoboxes with little notes about the event, DS's schedule at that time, etc. I *really* miss scrapping, and I talked to DH the other day about how much I miss it and I've been trying to see if there is a cheaper way to do it. He does have a job now, but we're currently working our way out of the unemployment hole that was dug so our budget is still extremely tight. I've always been a frugal scrapper, but I was wondering if digi might be cheaper.

I know there are a ton of free digi kits-- but doesn't it get expensive to print the pages? Is there anywhere that prints 12x12 reasonably priced or would I need to switch to 8 1/2x11 to be able to afford to print? Would I need to spend the money on an awesome printer? What kind of paper do you have to use to print pages if you do them at home and how expensive is it?

I guess when I look at both options, I'm wondering if in paper scrapping you spend the money before you make the pages, and if in digi scrapping you spend it after you make the pages-- and it all comes out the same, you know?

I would plan to start with a free/cheap program like Picasa and see how it goes before jumping into something like PSP or Elements.

Also, how much space do you really need to dedicate on your computer for digi? I have a key drive I can use to store materials if necessary.

Thank you so much for putting up with my zillions of questions and long post!

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I hope you get all your questions answered... some of the other girls will be more helpful then I will be but,
I paper scraped at first. I didn't do it for long, but found it a lot of work pulling everything out and stopping in the middle of a page to clean up. (especially with a little one)
I now scrap digitally. Definately still in the learning process but find it much easier and cheaper. I bought a program for about $40, but I know there are ones on the internet for free. I used all the paper and clipart from the program for my first book, but just have learned about a ton of websites that you can find freebies (paper, embellishments.... and much more) I printed my first book off using shutterfly, where they printed all the pages and bound it in a book with pictures on the cover. I absolutely love the way in turned out!!! My book was about 60 pages and spent about $60. I know there are many other options out there. I made a 8x8 book, which I found to be a great size when it arrived. I know some other ladies create pages in 12x12 and then print in 8x8.
Hope all this babble helps. I know you will get more good advice on this site.

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I do both -- paper and digi. I found a really great site that prints 12x12 for about $3.50 a page then there is a flat $2 shipping rate. The site is called Scrapbook Pictures. I just buy a post bound book and then put them in there when I get my pages printed. I have heard that printing 8x8 is cheaper -- just depends on if you want them in that size. The only big drawback to digi is the storage -- it eats up a lot of storage on your computer -- whereas paper scrapping you have to find room for that too -- so I guess storage is an issue no matter what. Wink When it comes to paper scrapping, the bonus to this is you buy the products up front and create them when you want -- then you don't pay later. I think I just went in one big circle. Lol

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One thing to remember is that you can create the digi pages on your computer and save them for printing later when you have a few dollars to spend. My digital 8x8 album cost $38 including priority shipping (30 pages). I try to wait for sales which come around often if you are on their mailing lists.

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I would also add that with digital you can reuse your paper, accents, etc as many times as you want. Once it's on your computer, the uses are endless...unlike stickers and papers that usually have a one time use.

I still do both though depending on my project. I can get my 8X8 pages printed for $2 each on heavy photo paper with a nice matte finish.
Hope that helps! Biggrin

Joined: 02/27/08
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Thank you for your help, ladies!

My parents are living with us temporarily and I mentioned to mom tonight that I was looking into digi scrapping and she asked me what kind of programs you use for that. So I mentioned some, and guess what she had that she NEVER uses-- PSE! So I've spent most of the evening messing around with it and I made a little block for my siggie. Smile

I think I have the basics down, now I'm hunting tutorials and trying to figure out storage issues.

thank you so much for your help! Even if I decide not to go digi (printing and all that) I'll at least have some fun siggies. Biggrin I can't believe I didn't do this sooner!

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Thank you for your help, ladies!

My parents are living with us temporarily and I mentioned to mom tonight that I was looking into digi scrapping and she asked me what kind of programs you use for that. So I mentioned some, and guess what she had that she NEVER uses-- PSE! So I've spent most of the evening messing around with it and I made a little block for my siggie.

I used to paperscrap but now I'm hooked on Digi Biggrin I found that I would have to pull everything out and them my 16 month old was getting into all my stuff, then put everything away..I find it MUCH cheaper than paper...I tend to keep forgetting something and have to keep running to AC moore or Michael's and I'm also using alot of gas. What I'm going to do is print them out as 8.5 X11 and mount them on 12 X 12 paper and probably add a couple embellishments to give it a 3D/textured look... Wink

With all that said...I cannot believe that it took you 1 NIGHT to come up with your awesome siggy Biggrin I've has PSE since Christmas and I still struggle with it... :oops:

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It looks like you've already received some good advice here, but I just wanted to drop in and say that you did a great job on the siggy! Beautiful! (And yes, digital scrapbooking is great!)

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all i know is i spend WAY too much on paper scrapping, but i also have a lot of stuff that i haven't used yet. i want to say that is awesome that you used up all of your stash (not because it's gone, but because you must have made great use of everything). i wish i could use all my stuff up. but i always want new stuff...it's hard.

i don't know which would be cheaper. i think like someone else said if you do digi, at least you can save them until you can spend the money to have them printed.

with paper, maybe you can get a kit that you can use on multiple pages.

or check out the clearance bins that most SB stores have. you never know what you'll find!

GREAT siggy!!!

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Your siggy is cute. Good job. I've been using digi for a while but have not fixed my siggy yet! Lol

It is so neat that your mom has PSE

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Love the siggy!! I am new to digi as well and so far I am loving it. I used to do paper but just couldn't get out our with four kids running around. This is much easier and so far cheaper. Good luck and make sure you come back and show us some of your LOs.

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"1970sally" wrote:

With all that said...I cannot believe that it took you 1 NIGHT to come up with your awesome siggy Biggrin I've has PSE since Christmas and I still struggle with it... :oops:

Figuring out the basics wasn't so bad because my mom knows nothing about computers and she had purchased a few books specific to PSE 4 so between those books and the tutorials at 2peas it was a little easier. I'm still trying to figure out the whole layering thing.

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Stephanie invited us over to vote on your layouts so I thought I would poke around a little while I was here Biggrin I kept forgetting to come here.

I have been scrapbooking for awhile. I actually like both formats. I like the personal feel, in spite and because of, all the little mistakes. I also use digital when I want something to look like a book and to use as gifts. No matter which you choose it is going to cost money. It is like anything else, you only need to spend what you want. I have so many tools for paper scrapping so I would never give it up entirely.