Getting Started: Choosing photos to scrapbook

Jennifer Wilson

I’m your guide here at Simple Scrapper. Our community helps people find what fills you up and fits your life in memory keeping.

December 4, 2008

When you start a new hobby, it can be tricky to remember why you started. It’s very easy to get sucked in to all the fun and glitter (in this case, literally), completely forgetting the purpose. So we’re all on the same page, the primary purpose of digital scrapbooking is memory keeping – a way to showcase your best, cutest and most memorable moments. You’ve come to this community and to Simple Scrapper because you take photos.

Maybe you only take a few or perhaps you’re the snapshot queen. Regardless, you’ve joined us for the purpose of elevating those photos to a new level and enjoying the creativity in the process. You’ve learned about software and making a page template as well as tested out your new skills with a Quick Page. Now it’s time to get serious.

Baby Steps to Digital Scrapbooking – Start with your photos!

  1. Inventory your digital photo stash or do some scanning if its a little thin. Don’t worry about getting super-organized just yet – Simple Scrapper will come to the rescue later for that!
  2. Pick 2-3 photos from the last year that really speak to you… ones that tell a story and bring a smile to your face.
  3. Now, spend 5 or more minutes with each photo and a text editor. Start writing and let it all come out. Don’t worry about grammar or making it pretty. Just write what comes to mind.
  4. Next, highlight some keywords, like “happy” or “little girl”. These will point you in the right direction for your layout. And your text will form the perfect basis for some journaling.

Focus on these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to getting it done with digital scrapbooking.

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