tl-11-5-digital-scrapbooking-dayEveryone grieves differently.  Some folks want to lock photographs away so they don’t have to look at them and be reminded of their loss.  Others, like me…  well, we tend to invest time, money and effort into preserving photographs the best we can.  We realize that this is all that’s left to cling to of a simpler and perhaps happier time in life.

I was a traditional scrapper for years…  I didn’t say I was an organized scrapper.  I had a room that was set up just for scrapping.  There was room for a table and some plastic bins to keep my papers and other necessary tools in – and even though I was careful to pick up when I was finished, the room was always a mess!  I had ribbons hanging from spools and I just was not happy with the way the room looked overall.

I knew there must be a better way.  I looked into digital scrapbooking in the early 1990’s.  I weighed the cost – actual paper, frames, tools and the latest stamp from Stampin’ Up! was breaking the piggy bank.  I put an ad in my local newspaper and sold all of my STUFF for $500.  Yes, there really was that much!  My room was suddenly cleaned out and it even lightened my soul – I truly believe that!

I took the proceeds and invested in INK for my printer – THAT is the largest expense in digital scrapbooking!  There are literally tons of digital scrapbooking websites out there, and they all offer freebies.  I have not had to pay for backgrounds, papers or tools at all.  Of course, these freebies are for personal use only.  That’s fine with me – it’s my scrapbook and not for the world to see.  Would the world be interested?  Um…  probably not.  But here are a few nice designs that others made with SCRAPBOOK MAX!images-34

images-35untitled-6untitled-4That’s the same “leaf frame” I used in my banner today.


There is a one time expense to get a quality scrapbooking program.  I chose SCRAPBOOK MAX!


It costs $40 and has a few free sets included. You can add as many sets as you want, but I’ve not bought any additional sets.  I go on different digital scrapbooking sites and grab up freebies.  I have about 50 flash drives filled with free scrapbooking offers.  I also use cute stuff from Pinterest and pretty much anywhere from the internet – I’m not breaking any copyright laws because it’s just going in my personal scrapbook.  Who’s gonna know (or care)???

SCRAPBOOK MAX! will send you a CD which is helpful because there’s always a chance you can lose it on your computer.  Don’t ask me how I know that.  :-/  Yeah, I’ve had to re-install it a time or two.

Digital scrapbooking has eliminated the clutter around me.  It’s given me more freedom to create than traditional scrapbooking.  It’s the method I prefer to be sure.  I know a lot of women like to have stamps and scissors and paper and tangible materials around them, but I don’t.  I want flash drives in a basket that I can grab quick and use to create magnificent scrapbook pages.

It takes some time, but once in a while you run across a free set!  Yay!!!  Also, at, they help you find all sorts of digital freebies!  I have more time than money, so I don’t mind searching the internet for free scrapbooking elements and sets.


On a good day, you will find this:images-41

After you do your HAPPY DANCE – you download and leave some love for the nice people who made it FREE for the taking!  🙂

Lucinda wrote a poem about Jesus’ Scrapbook.jesus-scrapbook

We chatted a bit yesterday about this poem and she commented that Jesus’ scrapbook is probably not DIGITAL.  LOL!  I’m not sure that matters – as long as He has our photos and other good stuff in there, right?  😉

Our memories are worth keeping.  Some days, I just get my scrapbooks out and start looking through them.  They help me remember my family and friends.  🙂





Scrapbookers are a different breed

The things we hope for, the things we need.

We wish for tape runner to finish that row.

We sometimes wish our guests would go.

We wait all day for that time to be

That special time – that time for ME.

Each photo is mounted, the colors arrayed,

Stickers and punches have been carefully laid.

Now we relax, this is our pleasure

Scrappin’ this page will soon be a treasure.

We always ignore that mental warning

Scrappin’ all night makes it rough in the morning.

But time’s unimportant, we don’t heed clocks

We just need paper and our photo box.

A spot adhesive helps to adhere

Those lifetime of moments that bring us cheer.

Our project awaits us, now we proceed.

This must be heaven – what more do we need?

Today we celebrate CAMERA DAY!!! As I researched this holiday, several suggestions were given for celebrating, including a camera-theme party or a day out with your camera, taking photos of nature. These are great suggestions, but when I think of cameras, my mind quite naturally goes to scrapbooking!

I’ve been a digital scrapbooker for over ten years. I have compiled about twenty scrapbooks – everything from my photos of childhood to a book of my mother’s side of the family, to a book of my sweet dog, Casey.

If you decide to make greeting cards to sell, think twice before using a rubber stamp because that stamp may be under a copyright and you could possibly be violating copyright laws if you use it and then sell your card.  It’s a little fuzzy, but copyright laws are important.  I would suggest you use vintage prints for greeting cards if possible.  They have that retro feel that we all love and there are some beautiful designs on the internet that are labeled public domain.

My husband thinks that there should be a Betty Ford clinic for scrapaholics. He whole-heartedly supports the notion that a scrapbooker who is not holding firmly to her camera will very quickly develop the DT’s. He thinks this innocent hobby can turn a corner and head down obsession avenue.

He came up with this theory shortly after we attended a Manheim Steamroller Christmas concert in 2007. Everything was decorated in the Grand Palace to the nines and there were plenty of photo ops. I happened to have my camera in my purse when I stepped into the ladies’ room.

Now – I collect angels. I don’t have an extensive collection, but I have several angels, so when I notice a pretty angel, I like to take a photo of it. Inside the ladies’ room there happened to be a beautiful wall hanging of an angel. I knew I had my camera on me, so I went ahead and snapped a picture of it. I don’t think it dawned on me that it was hanging in a restroom! I was so excited about the photo, I ran up to my husband and showed him what I had seen.

He was trying to hold his laughter. With a straight face, he asked for the camera. I didn’t want to give it up, but I reluctantly handed it to him. He told me to stay put and he was going to the men’s room. I waited patiently for him to return. He mockingly ran up to me with the camera in his hand and said, “Look what I got a picture of.” My first thought was, “Wow – maybe they have angels in the guys bathroom too.”

I turned on the camera to see what he was so excited about. It was a photo of the urinals.

Well played, Palmer. Well played.

True story – I have the photos – ALL OF THEM – in the scrapbook to prove it!  Will I show them to you?  Um…  nope!

Oh – we recently went to the Longaberger Homestead in Ohio.  Yes, I did have my camera and used it a LOT.  Here is a slide show of that trip.

Happy CAMERA DAY!!!  🙂