Traditional versus Digital Scrapbooking

This is a question I get asked regularly.

What is the difference between traditional and digital scrapbooking?

Traditional Scrapbooking

Traditional scrapbooking is using physical products to make a scrapbook. So you use cardstock as the main page and for mats for your photos, you use embellishments to decorate the page and stickers or stamps for headers and journalling on the page. All the items in a traditional scrapbook are stuck onto the main page, via adhesive and all the physical items that you use need to be photo safe, so acid free and lignin free to preserve your photos at their best state for longer.

You complete a page at a time, some are single pages and some are double page spreads and then all the pages are put together into an album.

Digital Scrapbooking

Digital scrapbooking, still includes backing papers, photo mats, embellishments, and headers and journalling. But the big difference is there is no adhesive.

All digital scrapbooking is done on a computer and generally on a photo editing software, I personally use MyMemories Suite (I will be blogging about this at a later date) the adding of the photos, embellishments, and journalling is all done via your computer, or editing programme.

Once a page or scrapbook is completed there are two options at the end, you can either keep the whole thing on your computer (if you choose this option please back up the scrapbook as it could be lost very quickly) and just view it digitally or you can print the pages, or complete scrapbook off. This can be done in a variety of ways. Via a printing company, or at home, (if you have a large enough printer) individual pages, or as a photo book. But once it is printed the page is completely finished and all the designing has been done digitally.

Hybrid Scrapbooking

Hybrid Scrapbooking is a bridge builder.

It is a version of scrapbooking that combines both traditional and digital, where you do most of the page digitally, print it off and then add some traditional embellishments to the page via adhesive.

What is the right way to scrapbook? 

There is no right and wrong answer to what is the better way to scrapbook, it is just about what you are most comfortable with.

People can be very firmly in one camp or the other and don’t feel that the other is as good as what they do.

I am not that type of scrapbooker.

How do I scrapbook? 

I started scrapbooking as a traditional scrapbooker, and to be honest most of the time I still am. But I dip into digital scrapbooking, more and more now a days to be honest, purely because I don’t always print my photos and it can be a more spur of the moment thing. I can have a bit of time free of an evening and decide to complete a page in MyMemories, and then will get it printed at our local printers.

My albums have both options in them, they are traditional and digital, I don’t add embellishments etc to my digital pages once they are printed, but I do have hybrid albums. Some pages are completely traditional, others are completely digital, but in total they make a stunning album.

So it really depends what you like, and what you feel comfortable with. I am totally of the thinking that as long as you are scrapbooking whether it be traditionally, digitally, or hybrid then that is a good thing as you are preserving your photos and passing them onto your future generations.

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