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Why scrapbook?

It’s pretty tempting and all-too-easy to place prints in a simple sleeve album or even easier to just leave them on your computer in a digital slide show. But there is something different about scrapbooks. They are a tangible way to honor your photos and record those special memories.

With a scrapbook you can pick out the best photos, the ones you will want to look at again and again. Then you choose all the elements that will complement the photo, making it stand out and perhaps enhancing the meaning or message. The whole creative process, from selecting a photo to finishing a page, can be a therapeutic emotional journey. You are simultaneously putting the past to rest while cherishing the best moments.

There are many reasons people start scrapbooking. I love expressing my creativity while advancing my own goal of an organized photo record. Others focus on the archival process of preserving family photos. The Scrapper’s Guide asked this same question: Why do you scrapbook? Their community has shared page after page of their own journey to this hobby. What brings you here?

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Welcome to Simple Scrapper

“Simple Scrapper is your easy-on/easy-off rest stop from life’s pleasant chaos.”

Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? Time sure flies when you’re busy with kids, work and all the fun that is life. You’ve captured as many priceless moments as you can, but are overwhelmed at all the options. You want a creative outlet, but need to squeeze it in between dinner and soccer practice… or even after everyone is in bed! I bet you’re like me – you caress the beautiful scrapbooking papers at craft stores and fondle cute embellishments, but wonder where you would store it all and how you would get started. How do you find balance?

I was in envy of my paper scrapbooking friends – busy moms (and single gals) who seemed to have time to cook, clean and crop-til-you-drop. That is, until I discovered digital scrapbooking. I instantly knew this was a great solution for honoring my memories while keeping my sanity. I could crop to my hearts content in my ‘digital craft room’, while watching the pot or catching up on Tivo – all with no mess to clean up!

Our Community
I started exploring this community of lovely and talented designers and scrappers, to a certain level of frustration. Like many niches on the internet, there is simply a lot to process. I found many sources for freebies, countless stores to purchase beautiful kits and a seemingly endless array of forums and galleries. I asked myself: how can a novice scrapper, especially one with little time, get in and out without getting lost in the fuss? While there are many great tutorial sites, especially focused on nuances of software, I could not find one blog with easy-peasy tips for new scrappers. I was looking for a Sew, Mama, Sew! of the digital scrapbooking world.

Simple Scrapper is your easy-on/easy-off rest stop from life’s pleasant chaos. This blog will help you fit digital scrapbooking into your super-charged life, with creative ideas, quick tips, simple layouts and guides to the designer community.

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