Welcome to the Scrapbooking Board. On this thread you will find tons of information on both digital and paper scrapbooking. We hope you find this useful, please let us know by PM if any of the links do not work or if you think we should add something. Your hosts are located in the bottom right corner of the front page. Thank you!
Here is a list of current threads/information (rather than having a million sticky threads)
Birthday List - add yours!
Cricut Cartridge Cuts Swap - need a particular cut? Check here to see if someone can help you.
Scrapbook Train thread - information about the current Scrapbook Train
Scrapbooking Tips (aka trash to treasure) - post our ways to turn "trash" into scrapbooking items, cut costs, save etc.
Current Monthly Check in Thread -January 2012 Check in Thread
We host 2 challenges each month, hoping to inspire you to get scrapping! At the deadline, a poll is posted and we all vote for a winner - this winner gets to pick the next challenge.
Want to remember previous challenges and see what pages everyone did? Check out this post - http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showpost.php?p=7603496&postcount=13
Several times a year we host 'Virtual Crops'. Like a regular crop, we gather and do challenges and talk and in general have fun - virtually. Check the Previous Challenges list to see the list of previous virtual crop challenges.
Theme of the Week
We started this awhile ago and it sort of stopped, but I (Trina) hope to continue it. Once a week a new theme will be posted for people to post their pages using that theme (they do not have to be new pages like they do for the challenges). Then if you're stuck for an idea with a certain theme, you can check out the pages in the thread to see if any inspire you.
Digital Scrapbookers start here! Paper scrapbookers, scroll down to the second post.
New to digital scrapbooking? Don’t be overwhelmed! Digital scrapbooking can seem confusing at first, but it is very simple.
First, do you have a program? If not, either purchase a one or download a free one (Picasa or GIMP). If you want quick and easy there are some great Scrapping programs such as Scrapbooking Factory, but if you want to be able to really get into editing and scrapping an editor like Photoshop or Microsoft Digital Image Pro may be better. You will want to be sure that your program works with .png files if you want to download freebies from the internet. These are the ones that I know do at this point: Photoshop, Microsoft D.I.P., GIMP, CK Scrapbook program (Deluxe, new version only), Scrapbooking Factory (new version only), Printshop, and Macromedia Fireworks.
Second, does your program have pre-loaded graphics and art for you? If not, go to one of the freebie links below and start downloading a few small kits that you like. Just pick a couple to get you started. There are thousands of freebies out there and you don’t want to get overwhelmed this early on.
Third, pick one or more photos that you would like to scrap your first page with. You may not get it perfect at first but play around with the program you have chosen. If you are having trouble, just ask us!
Great website with reviews of top 10: http://scrapbooking-software-review.toptenreviews.com
-HP Creative Scrapbook Assistant - easy and fast. ~ $30
-Picasa - quick photo enhancements...fixing red eye, cropping, etc. Free download from Google
-Adobe Photoshop - in depth photo enhancements & scrapbooking. You 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. Priced high.
- Adobe Photoshop Elements - works similar to Photoshop, but much cheaper. About $80.
-Microsoft Digital Image Pro/Picture It – photo enhancements & scrapbooking. - DIP has been discontinued
-Scrapbooking Factory Deluxe – easy and fast scrapbooking ~ $20
-Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Designer – good beginning scrapbook program ~ $10
-GIMP - FREE program http://www.gimp.org/windows/
Digital Layout Class by Stephanie - see post 3, below
Kits, elements, etc.
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. An external hard drive is highly recommended because you will collect LOTS of files.
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 monthly or weekly in the mail. Most of 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 some - this list has been simplified as there are so many places you can get freebies. If you find a great link, share it with the board!
RakScraps - They have a monthly Megakit that starts the middle of the month.
Digital Freebies They have a weekly Friday freebie...sign up for the newsletter.
3 Scrapateers They have a megakit that you download and get a password to open at a scheduled chat once a month. They give other freebies at the chat as well.
Gotta Pixel They have a daily freebie that adds into a large megakit each month.
Free Digital Scrapbooking.com
Digital Scrapbooking Freebies.com
Digital Scrapbook Place Access to past and current freebies.
Two Peas in a Bucket
Elegant Wordart by Bethany
Scraptitude - Great site to help with color combinations
Hand Picked Freebies - Daily listing of the best freebies on the 'net.
Links for photoshop downloads: brushes, etc
Those and more listed at: http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tools/brushes.html
Another site for free brushes http://brushes.500ml.org/list2.php
Torn paper: http://chain.deviantart.com/art/Paperbrushes-569724
Nice albums to put them in:
You can also print your scrapbook in book format, there are a few sites that do this:
Fonts - 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.
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...
Many sites have challenges that you can enter to learn and earn more freebies. It is almost always required that you credit any of your backgrounds, fonts, elements, etc to the person who made them. Thus, you should consider saving the graphics in such a way that you will be able to tell who the artist was if you ever want to post your LOs in online galleries. One way is to make sure the name is in the file name. Another way is to file them in folders by artist. We do not require this on this forum, but it is a good habit to develop and we most of us appreciate knowing where graphics came from.
The way to think of it is like a filing cabinet - everyone's filing system is different, just make sure yours works for you! I've changed my system many times since starting, it evolves with my scrapbooking style. A good place to start is to sort by designer, store, type of kit or element and go from there.