Learn Digital Scrapbooking: Start Here with the FAQs

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For many people today, taking photographs is as easy as clicking the camera app on their smart phone; it’s never been easier to snap off a few photos! As a result, the vast majority of our family photos are now digital and the options are almost unlimited in how they can be used. But what to do with them all? Start here with the FAQs to Learn Digital Scrapbooking for fun and enjoyment, and discover a new way of preserving and sharing your precious family memories.

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.

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

Digital Scrapbooking makes the process of preserving those important life moments a pleasurable pass time.

Of all the themes that are scrapped, the most common theme by far is that of family, often starting with a mother’s first ultrasound picture of her baby. This first photo leads 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.


The Slither

The Slither

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 digiscrapping, this Start Here guide to learn Digital Scrapbooking has been compiled just for you to help you get started on the path of what is a highly liberating and even life changing craft.

Each lesson in the series will be accompanied by a podcast and a video, as they become available, for those who prefer listening or viewing rather than reading.

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In this series we cover as many of the commonly asked newbie questions as possible … if there is something more that you would like included here or something that you need further information about, please let us know in the Comments here.

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