When I first started scrapping, I realized there was a semi-secret language exclusive to this growing community. While it didn’t take very long to figure it out, I would have loved to have a primer to the vocabulary.
Alpha – alphabet files, often as individual letters, to use on layouts for titles
Challenge – a set of instructions to complete a layout or other action in a certain way, often hosted by shops and offers incentives such as discounts or gift cards for accumulated points
CT – creative team, members of a designer’s team who receive products for free and create layouts to promote the designer’s work
CU – commercial use, a type of licensing that allows you to use the items for business purposes
Elements – individual files of ribbons, flowers or other non-paper items for use on layouts, aka embellishments
Enabling – to share your favorite products so that others might want to purchase them
LO – a digital, hybrid or paper layout
NSBR – not scrapbooking related
RAK – a freebie given as a random act of kindness, sometimes from a random drawing
Papers – flattened 12×12 files that are digital versions of single sheets of scrapbooking paper
Quick page – a flattened image with a black space for one or more photos to be placed behind, aka plopper
S4H/S4O – means scrap for hire or scrap for others, generally used as a licensing term
Scraplift – to copy the shapes, placement and/or style of a layout, credit to the creator is encouraged
Sketch – a flattened black & white image indicating shape and placement of papers and/or elements, aka sketch template
Template – usually a black & white layered file in which a user can use as a foundation for a layout
On top of this list, don’t forget that the popular digi sharing sites and shops also have their own acronyms. You’ll see these used extensively in forums and galleries. Some good examples include DST = DigiShopTalk and TDC = The Digi Chick. Additionally, there is of course an entire lexicon of internet shorthand like LOL (laughing out loud) that is beyond the scope of this post.
Have I left anything digi-relevant out?