If you remember last week's Memory Keeping Monday, then you remember that I enjoy using the Project Life system as a means of keeping up with the memories I want to document in my daily life. While I was learning about Project Life online last year, I came across Digital Project Life. As you may have already guessed from the title, Digital Project Life is a means of scrapbooking using your computer! I thought this was a pretty nifty idea for those who may not want to keep a traditional album but prefer to either design and print using a computer or simply design and save for viewing electronically.
Now, I'm certain digital scrapbooking has been around for a lot longer than I have known about it and because of that fact, there are so many options out there, its crazy. But the good kind of crazy... I'll share links to some of my favorite places to get digital design elements at the end of this post.
But first, let's talk about digital scrapbooking as a means of memory keeping. Unlike keeping a traditional scrapbook where you need to print your photos, buy the album and sheet protectors, purchase the embellishments and adhesives, and etc. - digital scrapbooking calls for just a computer, some software, and your digital photos/scans. You still have the same flexibility as with the traditional scrapbook way, as well as the same creative opportunities, and perhaps, less time involved.
Digital Project Life scrapbooking fit into my memory keeping process very easily. I use it to document the every day photos - ones I may not have room in the budget to print and include in my traditional album. I also use it to create copies of my traditional album so if anything ever happens to my album in the future, I have a digital back up.
Many, many digital scrapbookers print their albums according to their process and I've seen many finalized projects that look simply beautiful. Others, like me, save the completed layouts to their computer (or back up system) and share online or with friends and family by electronic device. I enjoy the latter option as we have a 55" Smart TV I love using to browse my digital scrapbook pages with.
One other great option with digital scrapbooking is the option of incorporating videos. I found this link online by doing a Google search when I wanted to learn how to add movies to my pages.
To build my layouts/pages, I use the following items:
As for my cards, papers, embellishments, and digital stamps/media that I use, I have a huge mix of things I've collected over time. Some of them were freebies I found on Pinterest (I have a board here and another one here), and others were ones I've won in giveaways and such.
My favorite places to visit though are:
I'm certain there are thousands of other options out there, these are just a few I've found and enjoyed. With that being said, I have not been paid by any of the companies listed above to promote their products.
Soon, I plan to share some apps and things I use to complete my digital layouts, but for now, I must wrap this post up. If you have any questions about my digital scrapbook process, please feel free to ask in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you!