From 1998 to 2006 I was an avid scrapbooker. I’ve got more than a dozen 12-by-12-inch Creative Memories albums that document my adult life from my engagement, our wedding and building our house, to getting pregnant and then birthing and raising two young children — plus all of our fabulous vacations in between. My kids absolutely love flipping through the heavy scrapbooks, giggling at their baby pictures and remembering favorite family trips.
I stopped “cropping” (that is, cutting and pasting and sticking stickers) when I got busy with other things (namely stepping up my writing career once the kids were both in school full time), but now I think I’d like to get back into it — in a digital way. At the Type-A-Mom conference last month, sponsor Creative Memories gave every attendee a copy of its StoryBook Creator Plus 3.0 software. And man, is it fun!
I created the below page — of our family’s stay at Elk Mountain Ranch this summer — in an evening’s time. Yes, it took me a little while to figure out how to properly crop photos, and I was a little confused about what my background paper selections were. But once I started using all the features I realized how many incredible options there are. In particular, I liked enhancing the photos’ edges — see below the “cutout effects” that include “soft edges” and “rustic” and “bubbles.”
I’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s available for download at the Creative Memories website — some are free papers and embellishments and others are kits you need to pay for. I do think the two-disc set of software (which retails for $65) comes with enough options to get me through creating at least a few digital albums before I might need to pay for more choices.
I look forward to playing with the program — after all it’s easier to make a page on my laptop, as opposed to lugging around my bins of paper, scissors, rhinestones, tags and other shiny and sticky stuff. That said, there may be some projects — like my kids’ school albums — that I might like to do the “traditional” way. It’s nice to have options!