Sunday, August 8, 2010

Digital versus Conventional Scrap-booking

About a year ago I decided to give Digital Scrap-booking a try. I thought to myself everything gets done much faster on a computer, Right? I came to realize that wasn't case, at least not for me it wasn't.

I do graphic design I have Adobe Photoshop CS2 - I've been working with Photoshop for about 10 years now. I would say that I'm quite proficient at it. So what is Digital Scrapbooking they are graphics and photos and you bring them together, Right?

Wrong there is an art to it, at it has a higher learning curve than I thought.

First of all when you buy Digital Layouts some come with one file and the layout is there! Just erase what you need and place the photo on a layer below it. Done, Yes, if you like the layout the way it is. To be honest I've never liked anything the way it is.

Then there are Digital Layouts that come with a folder and each image is it's own file - I thought Great this is for me. Again not what I thought. If they are all JPG then you have to clean around them.

There is nothing in the descriptions of Layouts that explain to you exactly what you are getting, I guess it's one of those If you are buying this then you must know what you are doing.

I did get the hang of it, and thanks to the SBE Newsletter I didn't have to invest money while doing it - each month the Newsletter comes with free layouts again some one page files and some folders, you never know what you are getting.

The one benefit of Digital Scrapbooking is space you save it all on your computer and if you want to print it and put it in your book you do and if you don't you don't. There are no additional stamps, pens, color pencils, paper packets and all kinds of other stuff to store.


I like Conventional Scrapbooking. I like it because the design process feels different. You are working with your hands (not just clicking with a finger). You can feel the paper, the detail of using the color markers, pencils or different color inks on a stamp. I have to admit I like going to the store and acquiring more 'Stuff'.

10 comments:

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

I feel the same way. I once tried digital, with hesitation, and after only five minutes, gave up. I love the process of cutting and crinkling and aging...etc. With digital, all that is lost.

papier et encre said...

I really liked this post. I love the idea of digital and the possibilities, but when it comes down to it I like to make things with my hands. There is nothing like the feel of different papers, getting glue and paint all over yourself. :)

ModistaModesta said...

Maria I had actually tried it a couple of times before I really started making pages, It wasn't until I found the free stuff that I could really play with it - I never saw the point in putting money into something I wasn't enjoying. I do still like the conventional!

ModistaModesta said...

Papier et encre - that's funny I was going to write getting stuff all over yourself, but then I didn't want to feel like a 2 years old so I didn't. lol

~SHANNON~ said...

I have always wondered what conventional scarpbookers think of digital! I'm not really a scarpbooker- but I do LOVE looking at others creations both in real life and the digital!

But I can understand how the tactile sensation would be lost in digital...

ModistaModesta said...

@ Shannon - It's interesting when you go to online groups there can be some real debates back and forth because the opinions are so strong. And then there are those of us that just enjoy doing just about everything.

Elle said...

Stopped by from the Momloop. Thanks for following me. I need to start scrap booking more. I just got into the habit of printing my pictures. CleverlyChanging.com

ModistaModesta said...

Thanks for stopping by Elle - That's a good habit to get into I'm bad I only print the one's I'm going to use. Then people want to see more from the trip and I have to drag the computer out.

Bekah said...

I am a paper scrapper all the way! I tried digi and it just doesn't call to me the way paint, adhesives, ribbons and paper do!

ModistaModesta said...

@Bekah - I think most people that do Conventional Scrap booking enjoy that more than Digital if they've even tried it.

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