Today's post is Part 1 for the Carnival of Genealogy.
Before genealogy took a hold of me, scrapbooking was my primary passion. I've spent many days and many hours scrapbooking, taking scrapbooking classes, watching scrapbooking tutorials and videos, and reading scrapbook themed blogs. I used to post my scrapbook pages on Scrapbook Flair (find me as curlymelb4 on the site) but I've spent so much time on my genealogy research, I haven't created a lot of new pages lately. If you are interested in doing digital scrapbooking, I'd highly recommend Scrapbook Flair. Through Scrapbook Flair you can upload your scrapbook pages, download free images to use on your pages, participate in challenges and discussion boards, and comment on other peoples pages. If you do a search for the keyword "heritage" on Scrapbook Flair, you'll get a lot of great ideas and hints on making your own pages. My favorite use of Scrapbook Flair is the ability to print your pages, so you can add the pages to a traditional scrapbook for usually $0.99 for a 12x12" print (which is one of the cheapest and best quality prints I've found over the last two years)
My second favorite site for digital scrapbooking is Two Peas in a Bucket. Similar to Scrapbook Flair, you can upload pictures, download free and purchased elements for your pages, participate in discussion boards, and view other pages. Unlike Scrapbook Flair, the site also features traditional (paper) scrapbooking and card making. The site also has great lessons and tutorials. Again, a search for the keyword "heritage" is a great place to start.
You don't need Photoshop or a fancy image editor program to start digital scrapbooking (I started by using Microsoft Power Point). Digital Scrapbooking is a lot cheaper than traditional scrapbooking as you don't need to buy the paper and elements or print out pictures. There are many free resources available online for downloading elements, backgrounds, and word art for your pages.
CAUTION: Digital Scrapbooking is extremely Addictive! (don't say I didn't warn you...)
The pages I share below were created in 2009 using Photoshop.
My paternal grandpa, 1931
My paternal grandpa, abt 1948
My paternal grandpa's mom, Ruth M. Brown, abt 1930