Hi L&R friends! Allie of Alexandra Rae Design here! With the release of the Reset kit from Amy and myself, many of you may be wondering about this “digital scrapbooking” concept… or taking it even a step further and asking how we can possibly do digital art journaling, or why you might want to trade in your paper, glue, and paints in for digital supplies!
You may be asking, “Why should I try digital scrapbooking and art journaling?”
I’m a big fan of digital scrapbooking, obviously. But why do I try to convince others to “convert” to learning digital scrapbooking?
My top 4 reasons I think you should digi scrap and art journal:
- You learn valuable skills. I knew how to use Photoshop before I *really* started digital scrapbooking, but playing around and attempting to get the results I wanted on my pages allowed me to explore Photoshop in ways I never would have learned in typical college classes. I truly believe that any computer program you learn will be valuable to you in the future– even if you just build upon the knowledge later. You learn new programs, you learn more about your computer– you become a lot more familiar with technology, and with the way the world is going very, very tech heavy, no digital skills will go to waste!
- It’s super easy to clean up! I don’t know about you, but when I create with paper, paints, and glue, I get EVERYTHING out, and I make a HUGE mess. Which usually takes FOREVER for me to clean up. With digital, it’s just “File, Save” and turn off my computer. Easy. Peasy.
- It’s super portable. I’ve witnessed other paper scrappers unload entire mini-vans worth of supplies when they go to group crops. That’s a little crazy to think about. When I want to scrapbook on the go, I just bring my computer. Easy.
- It’s affordable. I’ll be the first to admit, I go too crazy buying digital kits (“It’s less than $5!) but overall, it’s less expensive than paper scrapbooking– all the “tools” you need are on your computer! No buying 4 different die cut machines or 8 bottles of glue and mists– and you don’t have to print the pictures! And, best of all….
- You can reuse the supplies! Unlike paper scrapbooking and physical art journaling, you can use the same piece of paper AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT!
So, what do you need to get started digital scrapbooking and art journaling?
Most importantly, you need a computer. (I use a Macbook Pro and an iMac, because I’m an Apple girl, but any computer will work!). I also recommend digital editing software– especially ones that let you use .pngs. Personally, I think the best programs are Photoshop CS or Photoshop Elements. I use the full Creative Suite ($$!) but you can do everything you need to do with Photoshop Elements. There’s a little bit of a learning curve with these programs, but once you get the basics down, they are such fun and versatile programs!
On top of the software and “hardware” that you’ll need, you’ll want some digital photos and digital “elements” to make your pages gorgeous!
Some of my favorite resources for digital art journaling supplies are:
- The LilyPad-– recently, the Lily Pad has come up with a really cool subscription program called “Mixed Media Monthly” that I really love! Plus, they are just my all time favorite for digital scrapbooking supplies!
- Tangie Baxter has awesome stuff– I love her Tangible Plans pages!
- Studio Graphics has some great “vintage” looking supplies
- Anna Aspnes at O-Scraps has some really unique artsy looking graphics
- Of course, I have to add the Alexandra Rae Design digital shop to this list! Be sure to check out the Reset kit!
Are you ready to get started with digital scrapbooking and digital art journaling? Have more questions? Be sure to check out my (long!) post on Getting Started Digital Scrapbooking!
Allie Trumpower of Alexandra Rae Design is a crafty designer, a photographer, and is marketing obsessed. She loves great design, memory keeping, pinterest, twitter, and instagram – and loves meeting new people via social media! She is on the creative teams for One Little Bird Designs and Simple Scrapper and loves the excuse to create! Follow along with her creative projects and everyday life & sarcasm on twitter and instgram at @abandy.