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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

New Addiction

I confess -- I am addicted to scrapbooking and right now I am particularly addicted to digital scrapbooking using Photoshop Elements on my beloved Spring Green laptop. I love that I can buy neat digital paper and embellishments for very little money and use them over and over again on my pages -- and now that I have found a site (Scrapbooks to Share) to print out 12 x 12 pages for only $2 I am really in heaven -- though I hate waiting for the printed pages to arrive and waiting to print them. Since the shipping and handling is a reasonable $6 flat fee I wait until I had at least 12 pages to print.

So, why am I addicted. Well, it's a bit like why I enjoy this blog -- a chance to share photos and write about what's going on in my life -- only with the digital scrapbooking I can be much much more creative and I can easily print and share multiple copies. It's also so much easier to add text and journaling to these pages without worrying about legible handwriting or getting the computer printed text to fit on the paper layout. I can do it anywhere and the supplies don't take up any physical space though remembering to backup frequently is a must.

I can easily spend an entire evening creating a page or two and lose track of time -- which doesn't happen to me that frequently. I still love paper scrapbooking too -- there is nothing that compares to the actually feel of paper and cutting and pasting but it is fun to have another alternative.

My favorite designer, Ali Edwards, does both traditional paper scrapbooking and digital scrapbooking and her work is a source of inspiration for me. I also love her "Life Artist" philosophy. You can check out her work on her blog {A} and her digital scrapbooking designs for purchase at Designer Ditials.

I've also posted some of my pages in my Facebook photo albums for those who you who are my Facebook Friends. You can also see some on this blog: Farewell to the Apple Car and I Love This Color and Teddy Goes to NYC

So, if you see my head "buried" in my laptop -- I am probably creating -- not surfing the web. Playing with photos, stories and colors and documenting history as it happens.

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