Start Here: Frequently Asked Questions

You: What is this “Digital Scrapbooking” I’ve heard about?

Me: I’m so glad you asked! i Heart u Let me explain …

 

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For many people today, taking photos is as easy as clicking the camera app on their smart phone; it’s never been easier to snap off a few photographs! As a result, the vast majority of our family photos are now digital and the options are unlimited in how they can be used.

If you have ever used a photography app to tweak your photos, whether it be cropping, changing colours, fixing exposure or even adding cute floppy bunny ears and noses … 🐰 … then you have already started to dip your feet into Digital Scrapbooking.

Digital Scrapbooking is a special hobby dedicated to commemorating life’s joy through capturing, preserving and sharing important moments.

Digital Scrapbooking makes the process of preserving those important life moments starting with a mother’s first ultrasound picture of her baby, through to her child’s birth and the series of milestone firsts … first tooth, first Christmas, first birthday, to first day at kindergarten, to school pictures, graduations, weddings, grandchildren … the creative process of enhancement and embellishment of the photographs encapsulating those memories becomes sheer joy in itself.

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This page marked a slight departure from what I usually designed that added another dimension to the direction of my scrapping style … as every page does when you come to think about it.

The slick look of the playground snake balancing beam in this photograph captured my imagination; I loved it as soon as I saw it! As such, I decided to go for bright light and saturated colour in the photo and on the page, teamed with lots of shiny metal pieces for reflective contrast.

Overall, I was and still am very happy with how this page turned out.

If you are new to Digital Scrapbooking this Start Here guide has been compiled to help you get started on the path of what is a highly liberating and even life changing craft.

I have tried to cover as many of the commonly asked newbie questions as possible … if there is something that I haven’t included here or something that you need more information about, please let me know by messaging me via the Contact page.

Enjoy! i Heart u

 

Anita Richards Designs | Digiscrap 1010 | What is Digital Scrapbooking?

What is Digital Scrapbooking?

Digital Scrapbooking, digiscrapping, is a relatively new form of traditional scrapbooking, now known amongst digiscrappers as paper scrapbooking, that first started surfacing as an organised hobby in the mid-1990’s. If you have been a paper scrapbooker or a while you may already have heard about digiscrapping. But if you have never scrapped before, or are still very new to scrapbooking, and you are here reading this post, then let’s take a quick look, together, at what digi’s all about…

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Anita Richards Designs | Digiscrap 1020 | What are the advantages of Digital Scrapbooking?

What are the advantages of Digital over paper scrapbooking?

The question of what are the perceived advantages of Digital Scrapbooking over traditional or paper scrapbooking have been discussed in digiscrapping forums far and wide many times over the years. Some would argue that it was just Digiscrappers using cognitive dissonance to justify and make themselves feel better about their purchases. NOT SO! Today’s blog examines some of the key differences…

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Anita Richards Designs | Digiscrap 1030 | What do I need to start creating Digital Scrapbooking layouts?

What do I need to have to start creating layouts?

Whilst Digital Scrapbooking has a number of perceived advantages over paper scrapping, there are some necessary items including equipment, software and supplies. This post looks at the variety of “must have” supplies as well as a few of the more advanced items…

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Anita Richards Designs | Digiscrap 1040 | What is the best software for Digital Scrapbooking?

What is the best software for Digital Scrapbooking?

The question about what the best software is for Digital Scrapbooking is one that comes up often, especially when you are just starting out. The crucial requirement is that the software supports layers enabling the various papers and elements to be layered, aka stacked, within the layout being created. But, today there are numerous options for choice of software, so where do you start? In this post we look at a number of options ranging from closed system through to multi-versatile…

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Anita Richards Designs | Digiscrap 1140 | What are File Types? Why are they Important?

What are file types? Why are they important?

Unless you’ve had to deal with using different types of files in the past, either in your work or studies or hobby, then when you first start digital scrapbooking it may be a little confusing trying to understand what is meant when you hear the term “file type” and why they are important. File types are important because they tell various software programs and applications how to handle the information within them. The objective of today’s post is to demystify one of the most basic functions in computer software.

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Anita Richards Designs | Digiscrap 1173 | How to Safely Trim Away Excess Pixels

Keep those .PNGs neat: How to safely trim away empty pixels.

Empty space in the transparent backgrounds of the .PNG files of embellishments for Digital Scrapbooking can chew up a LOT of hard drive space, literally for nothing. It can also make placement of embellishments difficult in some programs. Excessive empty transparent space can also be a hiding ground for stray pixels, causing issues on layouts, particularly by playing havoc with Drop Shadows and other Layer Styles. In today’s blog we delve into what to look for, and how to fix it, when checking the embellishments in your digi-stash.

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Anita Richards Designs | Digiscrap 1175 | How to Optimise your Layout File Sizes by using .TIFs

How to optimise your layout file sizes by using .TIFs

Optimising the file sizes of your digital scrapbooking layouts is a great way to keep your overall file storage space somewhat under control. It also enables you to easily see the image contents of [sc name="photoshop" ] .PSDs when you are viewing the thumbnails in Windows Explorer®. For ALL Photoshop users, one of the best ways to do that is to save your files as .TIFs instead of in the native Photoshop .PSD file format. In this quick and easy tutorial we run through the steps to convert your digital scrapbook layouts into .TIF format.

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