Hi - Newbie here - digital vs paper question

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Hi - Newbie here - digital vs paper question

Hi - My name is Suzanne - I've been scrapbooking since 2005 with Creative Memories and I have a 5 month old little boy that I need to start his scrapbook.

I've been putting together paper scrapbooks since 2005 but I am thinking of going digital.

1 - If you have done both - which do you think is better? and what is cheaper?

2. If you have done digital - do you think you missed out on the effort of doing a paper scrapbook?

I'm worried that if I go digital, I'm going to regret not putting all the effort together for my son's scrapbook.

Thank you for your opinions.

Suzanne

Joined: 03/16/15
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Well as a paper scrapping for many years I always said I would never go digital because I like the 3D effects of paper scrapping. But that was before I had a child of mine own under foot! I just started trying out digital and it is faster and you don't have to worry about the kids getting into anything or having to clean up anything. So I am doing some of both. I am continuing to paper scrap because I do still really enjoy it. But I am also digital scrapping to share his pictures online with family and friends. So I don't feel so awful behind because by digital scrapping I can keep some of his pictures up to date! I am sure that digital scrapping is probably cheaper. I am just printing 4 by 6 prints of whatever I digi scrap since I am still paper scrapping 12 by 12 pages. As for effort while the actual scrapping of digital pages seem to be easier and quicker you are still putting alot of effort into it because you have to take the time to decide on the program you want to use...and there are tons of sites to get freebies from so you spend a lot of effort searching for what you want! And of course no matter which you do you are putting you time and love into your creations! I think you just have to try both and see what feels right to you. I think magnificant things can be done with both.

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Welcome Suzanne! I have never done digital, but Melody's response was really good. I think no matter which method you use, the results will be wonderful and you'll put a lot of love into it. Good luck and I hope you stick around.

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I have a friend who I just converted to digital. She is an amazing paper scrapper but wasn't getting anything done with her 6-month-old under foot (he will be a year this month). She started digital just after Christmas and thinks it is fantastic. She still loves paper and will eventually get back to doing some more, but digital is giving her a great outlet and she loves it.
I'm the same way. I started digital when Andrea was born. I was never a great paper-scrapper, just had fun doing it, but digital is so much better for me.

Digital is generally cheaper, depending on how you do it. I never spent a lot when I was paper scrapping but it still adds up fast, especially adding in the cost of the book itself. With digital, I pay $180 for a 12x12, 100-page book. That is $1.80 per page with all included.

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Welcome!! I hope you stick around, there's lots to learn and share here. Smile

I'm more of a paper scrapper but I also do digital pages (the Great Wolf layout was digital). I get my pages printed at Costco, and I tend to use all freebies when doing digital. But I mostly prefer paper. There's just something about touching everything as I create that's important to me. And my biggest challenge with the digital is the sheer volume of it all. I just can't look at everything at once. Paper is easy, you pull it out and can look at papers with the pictures together to decide if it will work. Digital, well, it's more complicated. And I've had my computer crash in the middle of a layout when I hadn't saved it in an hour. Yeah, that part sucks! But you can be so creative with digital, so it's fun!

So I guess my advice is do to both - that's what I do. I put digital pages in the same albums as my paper pages, and most of the time you can't tell the difference unless you're looking hard at the digi page. Smile

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I know a few of the girls do what's called Hybrid...paper and digital combined. Shelly (momandteacher) does this. Maybe she could post some examples.

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I have done both, and am a soley-digital girl now. I like that I don't have to drag out all my supplies to scrapbook, the 'mess' is on my hard drive. I love that digital papers, elements, etc are all re-usuable and once you have them, you can use them a million times if you want (and you can recolor to exactly what you need!). I like that I can share my pages with friends and family just by sending them the jpg, and that I don't have to get my pictures printed before I can scrap them. I do miss the tactile feeling of paper, but I get all my pictures printed, and put them in an album, so I can still flip thru them.

There are lots of freebies to find on the net for digi-scrapping, but you can also buy kits, etc. I averaged it out for the # of pages I did last year, and with printing it was about $8 - printing is $2.99 at Costco. I find that it's way cheaper, even at $8 a page, and if you go only with freebies it'll only cost you to print them!

If you're looking for a lot of info on programs, how to get started, etc, check out this site:
http://thedailydigi.com/new/

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

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"slurpeegirl13" wrote:

I have done both, and am a soley-digital girl now. I like that I don't have to drag out all my supplies to scrapbook, the 'mess' is on my hard drive. I love that digital papers, elements, etc are all re-usuable and once you have them, you can use them a million times if you want (and you can recolor to exactly what you need!). I like that I can share my pages with friends and family just by sending them the jpg, and that I don't have to get my pictures printed before I can scrap them. I do miss the tactile feeling of paper, but I get all my pictures printed, and put them in an album, so I can still flip thru them.

There are lots of freebies to find on the net for digi-scrapping, but you can also buy kits, etc. I averaged it out for the # of pages I did last year, and with printing it was about $8 - printing is $2.99 at Costco. I find that it's way cheaper, even at $8 a page, and if you go only with freebies it'll only cost you to print them!

If you're looking for a lot of info on programs, how to get started, etc, check out this site:
http://thedailydigi.com/new/

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Yeah...exactly what she said Biggrin

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I mostly make digital layouts. I love that I can download all kinds of freebies (and I have LOTS of them by just going to this website http://digifree.blogspot.com/ ) . Smile I have only bought 1 kit so far and I have lots and lots of different freebie kits, it's awesome! I wish I had the money to paper scrap and am slowly collecting stuff but I'm so limited because I don't have a cricut and different punches and stamps, etc. Just the basic, really basic, stuff. I'd love to do more paper scrapping someday though. Maybe whenever the kids are older and I can get a job to buy my own things. Smile But digi scrapping is fun and clean and it's so easy to organize everything in different folders. Printing isn't that bad either. I print all my pages at http://www.scrapbooksplease.com/ . Someone from here recommended that site to me actually. Dont remember who though. Smile I love printing pages from there! I printed like 30 some pages for only 38-40 dollars last time I printed there. The 12x12's were on sale for .99 cents each! normall $1.99 each Smile so sometimes they have sales and if you're lucky it will be cheap to print them out. I was going to print some out here in Norway at a local photo store and 17-20 of them would have cost me $150 or so dollars just to print. Crazy huh? So, all in all, digi scrapping is cheaper for me right now. Smile But, i'd love to do some paper as well. I have done, just a couple though. lol I'm so limited so I don't do it much. Smile

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thank you ladies for your opinions!! I'm going to try out the digital and see what happens. I can't wait to get my new computer so I can put all of it on there!!

I'm glad I found this board

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"sfitzgerald" wrote:

thank you ladies for your opinions!! I'm going to try out the digital and see what happens. I can't wait to get my new computer so I can put all of it on there!!

I'm glad I found this board

And we're glad you found us too! Smile We're a busy, hopping board!

If you get your stuff set up by this weekend, we're having a Virtual Crop, with challenges and chat - stop byw hen you can and join us!

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I would love to join you ladies, but I work during the day and this weekend I have family stuff to do.

Thank you for inviting me.