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Username Post: Paper or digital?        (Topic#1582733)
lynnirene
New Kid On the Block
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Joined: 11-04-11
lynnirene
In response to justartguy007

I started out paper scrapping with my mom several years ago, but then when I got married, we were in a tiny apartment living on grad student stipends...so I started digital scrapping. It's cheap, takes up no room, you don't have to print the already digital photos, and also I am a perfectionist (love the "undo" button).

I have made over 2000 digital layouts in the past 4 or so years. I have printed out about 30 of those (although I have plans to print a few more soon). I just don't see a point to printing them all out. Honestly, more of my friends and family see my digital layouts in online galleries, facebook, etc, than would in person.

I have started to get back to paper now that I have more room and money, but it does pain me to spend so much on supplies, and oh do I wish for an undo button on paper!

I say, do whatever sounds good to you! As previous posters mentioned, the lines are becoming more and more blurred anyways, so chances are that you will end up dabbling a little in each Happy scrapping!


 
mrsdriver5
Diva
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Joined: 07-31-10
mrsdriver5
In response to lynnirene

I'll keep doing paper for the vintage albums that I want to do for the really old photos and even ones from my childhood. Oh, since I'm now 65 I guess those would be considered really old photos also

I'll probably end out doing paper for pre-digi photos and mostly digi for trips where we've used digital cameras.

Not only doesn't digital take supplies, but it also doesn't require space for all the albums. I find that people enjoy looking at them a time or two, but they'll look through my digi flipalbums more often.

I definitely have too much invested in paper to quit, but I really enjoy doing the digi. I agree completely on wishing for an Undo button on paper. Sometimes I'll do something dumb on a paper LO and right away I think "undo"...then think, well duh, that's not going to work.

I'll never live long enough to do all the albums—paper or digi—that I want to do, especially when we keep taking more pictures! ~ Judy


 
thehappyscrapper8
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thehappyscrapper8
In response to justartguy007

I love scrapbooking! I love it all but I must say I am a paper scrapbooker at heart. Getting to work with my hands makes me happy and relaxes me. I am a techy person though and I do work on digital projects. I work the creative memories software and I work with photoshop. The creative memories software is very user friendly and easy to use but I also like creating my own papers and embellishments in photoshop. Some of my albums have digital pages in them that I print through creative memories and they go into my paper scrapbook albums. I think that I will always have a combination of scrapbooking digitally and with paper.


 
Diva
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Joined: 09-06-07
In response to justartguy007

I am a paper scrapbooker. Digital doesnt appeal to me (yet)!


 
Jessica G-B
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Joined: 01-10-06
Jessica G-B
In response to justartguy007

I turned to digital 3 years ago as a means of "catching up" since I was almost 3 years behind in scrapping my children's lives. My plan was to catch up and then go back to paper. Nope. Fell in love with digital. I can work so much faster and it's much more cost effective and space effective for me. Since I'm caught up with our annual family albums, I've created vacation albums, milestone bday albums for both my parents, a great-aunt, a Race for the Cure album for my daughter's teacher, special "What I Love About You" albums for both my children... In three years, I've created 606 digital pages complete with journaling. During the previous 10 years of traditional scrapbooking, I can't boast that record. It's not about speed, it's about efficiently recording our family milestones and memories and digital just works for me. Find what works for you. Working traditionally began to feel like a chore for me. I was feeling SO GUILTY that I wasn't keeping up and feeling guilty about something that is supposed to be fun and creative for me just didn't work. Do whatever works for you! If you do choose a digital program, I would encourage you to choose one where training is available. I use Creative Memories Storybook Creator and fell in love with it so much that I became a CM consultant (mainly to support my own habit). Know what type of learner you are. If you are the kind of person who needs to be shown what to do rather than clicking and figuring it out on your own, be sure to purchase a program from a company or person who will take the time to train you. If you're a click and figure it out kind of learner, try out as many programs as you can to find what's right for you. Many programs offer a limited trial of some kind. Have an idea of how you plan to use the program. Some programs are web-based and you have to have an internet connection to use it all the time. For me, this doesn't work as I like to scrapbook in the car on roadtrips, at crops, or at the park. You're on the right path: do your research, ask lots of questions, try it out. I've donated about 50% of my paper supplies to our art department at school, a local women and children's shelter, and a head injury rehab facility.


 
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