When Etsy modified its setup to include instant downloading for digital purchase, I was like “Woohoo!” because that’s what I love about digital–it’s instant! Nothing like being able to start on that new pattern right away. And, truthfully, I really don’t mind taping patterns together (I know some people dread it). I just watch some tv while cutting and taping and it’s done in no time.
But, l was also excited because that was the one thing making me hesitate on selling patterns and digital designs. Let’s face it, internet service out here hasn’t always been the most reliable and the last thing I wanted was for someone to purchase something and being all excited to get it and then have my internet down and not be able to send it. Not cool. Now I can upload, list and forget (well, almost, I’d still keep an eye on things just for good customer service and all).
So this past week had me digging out old files of digital scrapbooking creations (didn’t know I was a scrapbooker did ya?), printables and patterns. I’ll be going through them, doing any little touch ups or add-ons I think necessary and then getting them listed. And while I was looking, I came across some scrapbooking pages to share. These are all digital (I get them printed through a photo lab). No glue and cutting and piles of stuff for me…okay, I mean in the scrapbooking department. I save the mess for the fabric world. I like it! Digital scrapbooking lets me reuse my favorite “papers” and embellishments without running out or ruining it by cutting wrong. If I want four of a page, I make it once, that’s right, once, and then print what I need. So nice when everyone wants a copy. It also ties in nicely with the photo restoration that I do and the graphic design junk from my photography days. It all blends into a lot of fun for me and doesn’t take up a ton of time. I also started creating scrapbook layouts of favorite family recipes, kind of makes it fun. Anywho, here’s a few for you to see.
I used to participate in the scrapbooking challenges over at DSP (Digital Scrapbooking Place) which is disappointingly no more. If you like scrapbooking, I suggest you find a forum and participate, it really pushes you to get those layouts done. No UFO’s in the scrapbooking department!
I do a lot of genealogy and when I can get a photo of someone, it really makes them come to life. Not just names and dates, but stories of people. This is one of my favorite photos. I’ve got to contact my great-aunt and see if there are any others. So see, scrapbooking is a great way to capture a visual history not just of what’s happening now, but telling the stories of the past before they’re forgotten. Always makes me a little sad to see photos of people in antique stores, forgotten family.
Marla and I did everything together, but this photo kind of sums up our personalities. Marla, sweet and kind, always helping. Me, giggling and playing–helping, not so much.
I don’t get to work with many current type photos of kids (none of my own, yet) so I took full advantage of having two adorable cousins to photograph and scrapbook. Sadly, they moved (rather cruel of their parents, don’t you think), but I would have kept them if I could have. Miss A and I were like two peas in a pod.
I’m just getting started on pages of Aleea. She always had a delicate fairy princess look about her so I’m anticipating some fun girlie layouts.
I’m having such fun using old family photos mixed with the newer digital scrapbooking styles. The bonus is, the original photos stay safe and untouched in their archival storage. You have no idea how many old photos I’ve restored that have been glued to album pages or cut!
As far as I know, this is the only photo of Marla and Dad doing this little trade. It was pretty far gone too, but a few hours of restoration got it back to passable.
These are some of my favorites. There’s also a couple of me from the same day. So I need to make a coordinating page with those ones.
Here’s one of those pages everyone in the family wants a copy of, good thing its digital and I can just have more printed.
I restored these photos of my parents. Colored photos are usually the hardest to do because those old photos start changing and fading far earlier than black and white ones.
Okay, I’ll stop now. I don’t want to turn into one of those grandmother types who show you a billion photos of their grandkids. Maybe seeing a few of my layouts will inspire you to give digital scrapbooking a try. It was getting into digital scrapbooking that got me into designing my own kits and graphic design layouts, so you never know where a craft will take you. I miss getting to interact with the wonderful ladies who designed the kits I used in these, hopefully, they’ll return to scrappin’ one day soon. I had fun finding these and bringing back some great memories…I need to get back to making scrapbook layouts.