Wednesday, March 19, 2008

To Digi or not to Digi

For quite some time now, I have totally rejected the idea of doing digital layouts. One of the fun things about scrapbooking is picking out products and playing with paper, scissors and glue. I also thought, if I ever figured out how to do digital, it would take away time from doing traditional, "real" pages. And what's the point of having a digital image of a flower or a torn piece of paper, when that's not REALLY what it is. With digital, it's just an image; a picture of the real thing.

Despite my resistence, since I had downloaded a trial version of Photoshop Elements for editing pictures, I thought I might as well give it a try. And let me just say I was ready to beat my head up against the wall when I first started. I had no guidance, no clue as to where to even start. Playing around in a computer program with zippo instructions or any kind of clue, can be extremely frustrating. But, thanks to the help of some digi tutorials over at SIStv, I was able to figure it out. It took me 4 hours to do my first digital scrapbook page, and this was the final result.
After I finally figured out what I was doing, it wasn't so painful. While I still would rather do paper layouts, I can see myself doing some digital pages from time to time. I now know it's not too hard to do some hybrid things too. "Hybrid" meaning that you do some stuff/elements/titles, etc. on the computer and print them out to put on your page.
I already had this picture printed out, so I wanted to also go ahead and do a regular scrapbook page using it. So here's the same pic, with the same title, using paper, scissors, and glue. ;)

So if you're thinking about trying digital scrapbooking, go ahead and give it a shot. I've been told that it won't always take 4 hours to complete one page. :)

5 comments:

The Brown Klan said...

How funny. I downloaded that same kit today trying to figure it out and had no clue, so I gave up. I was just trying to kill some time at work while I was bored, but could not get it for the life of me.

Jude said...

I will be happy if I can figure out how to use/install and run photoshop!! LOL... Both the pages look great!

Kimberly said...

Both layouts look great! Have a great weekend!

April said...

Digital seems like it would be fun, but I've got so much other junk for traditional scrapbooking...
Layouts look great!

Jamie said...

I said the same thing about digital but I am slowly learning a few things.