Beginners guide to creating a digital scrapbook

5 May 2020 • Memories

Preserve your memories with a digital scrapbook

Scrapbooks are about creatively preserving your memories so you can revisit them at a later date. 

Just as technology has enhanced how we capture these memories, digital scrapbooks have improved how we design and present a story from our lives by offering more customization and accessibility.

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Memories can preserve special moments

Memories provides dedicated pages, which create the perfect space for your online scrapbooking. Our private and secure Memories Pages act as a vault, visual timeline and digital memories box for all of life's precious moments. 

Get started on your own digital scrapbook in three easy steps:

  1. Create your Memories Page - You can create a Memories Page for free with some basic information.
  2. Fill your Memories Page - Once the page is created, simply upload photos, videos and stories. 
  3. Publish your Memories Page - Share the page with others and invite them to contribute once published.

Memories strengths are in helping you to create and manage your memories online. They partner with complimentary services to help convert these digital memories into printed photobooks.

To get you started with your online scrapbooking, we have pulled together everything you need to know below. 

What are the benefits to digital scrapbooking?

Scrapbooking traditionally combines photos, documents, craft materials and other physical elements for design. 

While you can get creative with physical copies of assets, going digital gives you more options for easily customizing your look. 

Download graphic design programs and explore the extensive libraries filled with various easy-to-use themes and templates. If you’re more tech savvy, you could design your own page templates from scratch.

In addition to including your digital images, consider digitizing physical assets such as photos, posters, plane tickets, school reports and birthday cards - this will allow you to easily tweak the image size to whatever works best for the template you are using.

As digital scrapbooks allow you to undo mistakes, play around with different graphics and fonts to see what fits best with your chosen template. You could also go back and change something at a later date. 

The final benefit is the lack of mess when making an online scrapbook. No glue, paper cuttings or glitter.  


What do I need to start digital scrapbooking?

These are three things you are going to need if you’re serious about scrapbooking: 

  1. Computer: Tablets and mobile devices allow for basic editing, but computers offer the highest quality of control and come with better software for design work. 

  2. Photographs and imagery: Consider scanning your old photographs and documents to make sure you include all the important memories from your past. 

  3. Photo editing software: While not necessary, downloading photo editing software can help you resize images, improve layouts, add filters and change fonts.

Share your digital scrapbook 

Printing your digital scrapbook will allow you to share phsycial copies, with the online version also easily shared digitally

It's always wise to save and distribute the scrapbook at smaller sizes, unless the recipient is going to have it printed.

Slightly lowering the image quality of your digital scrapbook will create a smaller file size, which is easier to send and download on different devices.

A Memories Page could also be the perfect host for your digital scrapbooks, with simple privacy features allowing you to easiy share it with your friends and family.

VIEW AN EXAMPLE MEMORIES PAGE HERE

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Can I combine physical and digital scrapbooking?

Creating an online scrapbook allows for customization and future-proofing, but this doesn’t mean you can’t also have a physical copy to put on the coffee table.

So-called “hybrid scrapbooks” are pages created using digital assets and design templates, which are then printed and enhanced using traditional craft supplies and techniques.

If printing the scrapbook yourself, it’s worth investing in a printer capable of printing high-resolution images on thick, glossy photo paper. Also, take note of the page sizes your printer can deliver. 

Outsourcing the job to a professional is another good option as you know it will be of the highest quality, with these companies also helping with binding all the pages together. 
Add physical elements to your digital scrapbook

What photo editing program should I use? 

There's no need to get a photo editing program if you just want to store your images on a visual timeline, but there are a few affordable options if you want to get creative and manipulate your images. 

To get you started we suggest you take a look at the following programs: 

Canva

If video killed the radio star, Canva killed the graphic designer.

Canva’s drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts allow you to design consistently stunning graphics.

The program includes photo filters, free icons, shapes and hundreds of fonts.

A free version of the software gives you more than 100 design templates and hundreds and thousands of free photos and graphic.

A premium subscription, charged monthly, gives access to an expanisive library of templates, photos and graphics, plus the ability to resize images with one click.

Canva is one of the most easy-to-use design programs on the market, with the premium subscription very affordable compared to other software. 

Canva is another great option.

Photoshop Elements 

Adobe Photoshop Elements is going to offer more of a challange, but is one of the world's most popular products.  

There are fewer features than premium Adobe’s Photoshop CC, but the average scrapbooker wouldn’t need most of the additional features anyway.  

Elements allows you to create and manipulate high-resolution work, with features including automatic colorization for older photos and user-friendly collage tools.

It’s worth noting that Photoshop could take some time to understand - YouTube tutorials are a great way to learn. 

Elements has a one-time subscription fee.

Adobe Photoshop is good for digital scrapbooking

TOP TIPS TO REMEMBER 

Organise the memories you want to include: You’re not going use every picture, concert ticket or map you have in your memories box, so there’s no rush to digitize them all. Sort through your memories and pick the ones you want. You can also group them together to create a themed page.

Enhance old photos: You have photo editing software at your fingertips, it’s not just for cropping and saving digital copies. Watch some tutorials and get creative. 

Save your work frequently: You don’t want to lose all the work you have done to get that layout looking perfect. Save, save and then save again. 

Don’t be afraid to Google: If you are stuck with a certain technique or understanding a file format, Google can be a great resource. Chances are there is a forum answering the exact question you are asking. It’s all about learning. 

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