Introduction to Scrapbooking
Digital scrapbooking is a relatively new phenomenon that involves displaying pictures of loved ones or special events in a unique way. This makes it a must for anyone who wishes to be more creative with his or her photos, or for those of us who have old pictures that need some life brought back to them! This review details the best Scrapbooking sites around, starting with…
Scrapblog.com (5 out of 5)
Don’t let the name fool you; this is not a blog based site where everyone is competing for views. Instead, Scrapblog is a very relaxed and easy site to use. Not only does it offer many sharing possibilities for your created scrapbooks (including links for Facebook), it also contains its own community. Here, fellow scrapbookers can comment and show ‘love’ for your work. If your work is good enough, it can be featured on the main page along side many others. As for the community, most people within are extremely friendly and will be complimentary of your work, offering tips and pointers when needed.
However, it is Scrapblog’s user friendly Scrapbook Builder that makes it unique. A tutorial is offered on how to create your first scrapbook, which shows that almost everything can be done by simply clicking and dragging. Rotating pictures, adding colors, inserting text and moving backgrounds can all be done by a click of a mouse. They also offer a wide range of templates to get you on your way, including High School Musical and modernistic backgrounds for the more sophisticated user. The entire builder is web-based, meaning no nasty downloads or imports. This makes this particular builder almost flawless!
Pricing varies depending on how you wish to display your scrapbook. If viewing it in a slideshow format is what you want, then you do not have to pay a dime. This way your work will be available to send to friends and family and, of course, the Scrapblog community will also be able to view it. If, however, you wanted a hard copy then you will have to pay to receive your work. Cards start from $1.49 (including envelopes), books start at $9.99 and calendars begin at $24.99. All these prices include postage and packaging. The calendars do seem a little on the pricey side at $25 a piece, but it’s not everyday that you get to personalize your calendar! The site will also – in the near future – be offering free printouts for their Pro members. Currently, all accounts with this site are free.
Freedigitalscrapbooking.com (4 out of 5)
This site is a great tool for anyone who wants to try out digital scrapbooking but has no idea where to start. It offers tutorials on everything from choosing photo editing software right through to sharing your creations. Unlike many scrapbooking sites, here you will find a great deal of information which will come in useful for anyone, no matter what stage you are at in your digital scrapbooking hobby. The site also offers a community forum where you can discuss ideas with like-minded people, or just simply ask a question that is not featured on the website.
However, aside from the masses of information, the thing that makes this site stand out the most are the freebies! They offer free fonts that you can download at a click of a button, along with brushes and layout ideas to make your work truly unique. A lot of sites offer software that you can create your work on. However, within those site’s communities you may start to notice a lot of ‘duplicates’, with people using the same backgrounds, fonts, etc. within their scrapbooks. Therefore, being given the chance to utilize uniquely free tools is an opportunity no budding digital scrapbooker should pass by! In the shopping centre, pre-made collections for people interested in making hardback scrapbooks are also supplied, which range from $3.99 to just 99 cents.
As well as that, the website also contains a Digital Scrapbooking 101 page. This is where users can go to learn all they need to know about making their dream scrapbook.
Please continue on to the next part of this article series to find out the three remaining Top 5 Digital Scrapbooking Sites and what they have to offer.
This post is part of the series: Top 5 Digital Scrapbooking Sites
- Reviews of Scrapblog & Free Digital Scrapbooking
- Reviews of Scrapbook-Elements & DigiShopTalk.com
- Review of Scrapbook.com