Digital Scrapbooking Tips

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Digital Scrapbooking Tips

Several of you have asked about digital scrapbooking. Here is a list of tips I emailed a friend of mine who was interested. This is just my experience and I am by no means a professional. I found these to be easiest for me. I thought someone might find this helpful... Smile

Programs:
1.) HP Creative Scrapbook Assistant - this is the main program I use to make my pages. It is easy and fast. It also doesn't cost alot. I think I paid $30 for it.
2.) Picasa - free download from Google. I use this to do quick photo enhancements...fixing red eye, cropping, etc.
3.) Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 - This one was a little pricier and was a "treat" I still haven't got the hang of it totally. I use this when I want to do more in depth photo enhancements. I can erase things out of a picture, add blur, etc. You can make pages with this program too, but it is more in depth and takes more time.

Accessories:
All of your backgrounds, accents, edges, frames, and wordart can be downloaded from the internet. You can buy sets or just watch for the freebies. They come in a zipped folder which you unzip and file. I would highly encourage you to invest in an external hard drive to store your pages and stuff on as you can get quite a collection going. I am up to 15 CDs worth at present. I have them on my external hard drive and also on a CD just in case. I organize them and then print out as a contact sheet (30 to a page). That way when I am making a page, I can flip through my 3 ring binder and see everything that is available. I number the pages with the number of the CD they are on. I hope this isn't confusing...Let me know if you need more clarification.

Websites:
There are several websites that you can get freebies from...Some of them you need to sign up for their newsletter and they send you freebies monthtly or weekly in the mail. All the sites have fun games and challenges. Visit the forums to see what's available and check out their galleries for ideas on pages. Most of them you need to register, but that's free. Here are the ones I most frequent...
1.) www.rakscraps.com They have a monthly Megakit that starts the middle of the month. There is one about to start.
2.) www.digitalfreebies.com They have a weekly Friday freebie...sign up for the newsletter. They also have a monthly Doodle challenge that gives you a free pack.
3.) www.divinedigital.com They have a daily freebie that is a huge megakit once you're done. You get several pieces each day. The May kits has been beautiful!
4.) www.1hourscrap.com They have a daily WordArt freebie each day.
5.) www.scrapbook-elements.com They send out a newsletter packed with freebies!

Other Miscellaneous:
1.) Fonts - I would encourage you to google "free fonts" and get as many fun ones as you can. They are so handy when you are scrapping and can add to the look of your pages. There are several sites that have tons of them. It may take some time at first, but once you get a good collection, you'll be thankful! I also printed them out for quick viewing in a word file.
2.) Sizing - I usually scrap my pages as a 12X12, but then print them as an 8X8. DH didn't like how big the 12X12 pages were and I couldn't do as much with a regular 8 1/2X11 page. 8X8 is perfect for us!
3.) Printing - I found a great place to print my pages: www.scrapbookpictures.com They usually print them for $1.99 and shipping is a flat fee of $2. They arrive quickly and the color is awesome! They also do a matte finish at no extra cost. I've been extremely pleased with their service!
4.) Albums - I ordered albums that were 8X8 and had top loading slip covers from Colorbok. You can check them out at www.scrapjazz.com

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That is great info. Thanks!

Can I add that shutterfly.com will print books for you. You can even customize the outside on the 8x8 and 12x12. I think a book would make a great gift instead of normal album. They are not too expensive either.

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Hey Maria!

I need your help, girly! Biggrin I need a way to make nice, classic - looking scrapbook - like pages for our "Dear Birthparent Letter". We bought Print Perfect, but the clip art and backgrounds on it are really cheesy - looking to me, and I want something that looks similar to a true scrapbook page (which I would gladly do, except we need at least ten copies). I thought about downloading the 30 trial of Adobe Photoshop, but I wasn't sure if that would work...and that HP program you were describing sounds like it might, for less money.

What program so you use to make those gorgeous siggies? What would you recommend to me?

I'd really appreciate your guidance. Thanks so much!

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Thanks for all of the great information. I already have Elements 5.0. I just need to learn how to use it better. I might have to try out the other software that you mentioned.

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Brooke...I PM'd you. Good Luck!

In response to the other posts:
Shutterfly.com is great! I print out my calendars through them. For personal use I don't usually print books, only because they are pricier. As a gift they are great!

The HP Creative Scrapbook Assistant is perfect when you are trying to make several pages quickly. Most of the pages I have posted have been done with this program. I checked the price again and it is $30. You can get it from the HP website.

Hope that helps to clarify things!

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I just have one quick question.

Can you make photos b&w with certain objects in color on the program Picasa? I downloaded the trial version of PSP and I LOVE it but we don't have to $ to buy it yet. Thanks!

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I know you can do that with Microsoft Digital Image Pro. DH bought it for me and it was only $20. It doesn't come with a lot of art though. Although now that I have all those great links from Maria..... I have tons of freebies! Smile

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Yes, Picasa does do that sort of...it's not as advanced as PS, but works for little stuff. Here's a page I used Picasa on for that. As you can see the edges are blurred color and not as sharp as PS would be. But again...it's great for those quick pages.

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I'm going to bump this, the links Maria gave are great. I want to be sure everyone gets a chance to see them.

This one has hundreds of freebies if you register.
http://www.freedigitalscrapbooking.com/index.html

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I'm sorry, girls, I'm new to all of this...

I'm still not sure I understand how to save the freebies, especially the fonts, and then use them in your pages...

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Brooke...I pm'd you!

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I haven't figured out the fonts either.

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Fonts are downloaded the same way the freebies are in zipped folders. Once unzipped you will need to move them from that file to your "Font File" in your computer. You can usually find those in the "Control Panel" section. I just drag and drop my new fonts and the computer automatically loads them in.

Let me know if you are still having trouble with this or if I need to clarify something... Smile

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gottapixel.net is great so is 3scrapateers.com

for fonts check out dafont.com

anyone want more links to freebies just pm me and I'll let you know where I find all of mine.

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Thanks for the info, ladies. I know I was overwhelmed when I first started digi-scrapping, it's a LOT to learn!

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Thanks for all of the great links and tips. I saved them to my favorites, so that I can find them whenever I am ready to try digital scrapbooking.

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fonts can really gobble lots of memory, you can use a free program like the font thing (google it, there's lots of places to download it) to help keep them all organized and it will even show you a preview of each font.... nice and handy IMO It allows you to store font files on external drives or discs and still use them or you can store them on your computer in the main windows font file or special file you have for dowloads etc...

If you're looking for lots and lots of really great FREE fonts and dingbats try looking through the huge collection at www.dafont.com

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I just managed to download a font. Smile

What about the kits you buy on scrapbooking sites. I downloaded the May add-on kit at RAK scraps but the "font" shows up as an image rather than a font. I ended up cutting out and pasting each letter that I wanted. Is that how they are meant to work?

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Yes, those are not actually fonts...they're considered "Alphas". They don't actually load into your computer, but are pictures that someone created like your elements. The best ones are when the letters are individual. Loads easier to use!
Great job on your picture too! I recognized the papers. Wink

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those are great tips!!!! have to keep this page handy somehow!!! thanks! Smile

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