I started because I was in a volunteer organization and one of the women was selling Creative Memories. I made an entire scrapbook in less than a month for my (now ex-)boyfriend for his Christmas gift. After that, I stopped because I was burnt out. I somehow found out about digital scrapping in 2005-ish and did a bunch of scrapping then, but I never did anything with the pages. Now I look back at them and think they are hysterical because there have been so many changes in the whole industry. I took a long break from any sort of scrapping until the end of 2010, when I had thousands of pics of my grandbaby. I started taking part in some challenges to get discounted products and then at the beginning of last year, I got on a bunch of Creative Teams and have been doing tons of scrapping. I still don't really do anything with the pages (other than I did do one small printed book with some of my favorite pages. Now I'm also doing digital Project Life. I need to figure out what I'm going to do with everything.
I started paper scrapbooking when my nephew was born, and created a scrapbook for him. I took a couple of classes at the local Michaels store and mostly did stamping and coloring. It has snowballed from there.
I originally became interested in paper scrapbooking when I had my son. I was a single parent & all the baby books I could find were all about having 2 parents, so I decided I would scrap my own baby book so that I could avoid that part. I quit scrapping for awhile then just recently decided I wanted to start making cards for my family, that led into digital scrapbooking. I love digital scrapbooking so much more than paper since I can work out a layout so much quicker that way & it is easier to change if I don't like how it came out. I do still have a lot to learn but CT for a wonderful designer who is always willing to help me learn.
I am a graphic designer and I didn't even know that this digital scrap booking thing existed until a little over a year ago.
Now I'm hooked.
I'm still getting the hang of it. I used to love arty craftsy thingies but never got into scrap booking, since I've been so digitally based these past 5 years. It fits like a glove.
I'm also now trying to do the physical crafting of scrap booking. I love the tangibility of it. It feels great to hold what I've created, since I don't print most things.
Thanks for the post.
Loved reading about everyone's beginnings in scrapbooking! I started with an app on my iPad, which quickly developed into an obsession. My daughter is often annoyed because of how much I talk about my endeavors in scrapping.
I got hooked when I went into my first scrapbook store and saw all the beautiful background papers. Bought a ton, plus other stuff, then ended up turning into a digi scrapper. My daughter is using my stash to this day, mostly making homemade cards, but some scrapbooking. And her ten year old girl is also scrapping with it.
I started paper scrapbooking with Creative Memories when my first Grandson was born
I am also into Family History and scrapbooking and family history seem to go together
I downloaded a free app for my (then) new iPad2. I was hooked the first time I opened the app! I soon learned that there was an entire online community devoted to digital scrapbooking, and I've never looked back. Now I do all my serious pages on a pc and the iPad is just for entertainment.
I started scrapbooking in the early 90's when my sister became a Creative Memories consultant. I was dazzled by Mrs. Grossman stickers and decorative scissors. It was the perfect creative outlet for me, and my style evolved as did the supplies years later when they began being sold in craft stores. Such joy. With six kids I don't think I will ever be "caught up". I switched to digital scrapbooking in 2008, and love it even more. No mess! However, I have a huge amount of traditional supplies that I can't get myself to part with. Funny thing, in many ways I enjoyed collecting and organizing scrapbook supplies more than the actual scrapbooking itself. With digital, I find that I do the same thing! I can justify it even easier because I find a lot of it for free, and it only takes up computer space.
I made a scrapbook of my dogs, put a lot of care and effort into it, only for the fish tank to leak and ruin it! It took me another couple of years before I did another one, by that time I was designing on the computer. I get hopelessly lost if I do one the traitional way. I have trouble with deciding on the colours and keep changing my mind!!
My mum did a lot of scrapbooking stuff when I was a kid, and I always loved looking through her albums. While I wasn't allowed to play with "her" stuff aside from the fun scissors, she bought a bunch of wallpaper books from a store going out of business and I used to create collage art from them. Some of those collages are apparently still hanging around folks' houses, yikes! When I hit 12 I was allowed to make a "real" scrapbook as part of a mum-daughter bonding thing, and I've dabbled since.
I picked up digital scrapbooking recently after I made a hard-copy scrapbook as a wedding gift and tripped on this site looking for papers to print since buying them here is impossible and extremely cost-restrictive. I love the flexibility of digital scrapping, though the finished product is a little bit harder for me to show off. ;
I prefer digital, no mess and endless supplies! I just haven't figured out what to do with my finished pages yet! I got into digital scrap/art journaling/designing out of necessity actually. I was creating art/jewelry out of altered art collage sheets I purchased on Etsy, and recycled items like bottle caps, dominoes, scrabble tiles, and book pages. I sold them at craft fairs, local shops and festivals. I was then diagnosed with an auto immune disease and for a while was living out of a hospital bed and couldn't walk much. I decided to find a way to have an art business but from my laptop. So, I decided to learn how to make those collage sheets I was buying so I figured out PS with some help from a mentor I met and got myself an Etsy store. I expanded to digital kits, paper packs, and eventually scrap kits. I still hadn't digi scrapped yet. I was still doing some physical art like art journals and such. Then a woman from an online scrap store similar to this one found me and pulled me into the digital scrap business. I started creating digi scrap/journal pages as samples for my products and became hooked. I left Etsy and now design only scrap/journal/hybrid stuff and digi scrap and journal in my spare time!
@Mollie, how to you use masks? I'm a real newbie LOL
I started paper scrapping in 2004 after a friend took me to a CM party. Although I liked the idea, found it a little limiting so I started looking on line for products etc that were not just stickers and strips of paper. Since we live in a small community with the nearest Michael's over an hour away, I opened a brick and mortar store with a friend. When we decided to start our family I knew I couldn't keep working full time and run a store so we sold the store.
Now I have an entire room dedicated to scrapbooking/supplies/tools in my house. But after finishing my son's baby book and then starting my daughter's when working on pages that involve both of the littles I was thinking that it would be more simple to do things digitally and just hit print twice....I'm sure I'll still do some paper but I'm having a blast using the digi supplies and software. I created my first digi page last week....
I have a tutorial here on using photo masks, it's really easy! http://www.pixelscrapper.com/forum/tutorials/using-templates-shapephoto-masks-using-clipping-mask-photoshop
I was introduced to scrapbooking by a friend of mine a few years ago. I´ve always had an interest in colours and shapes but never thought about myself as someone who could be and artist or so. But with scrapbooking I can play with colours and shepes without actually drawing any pictures myself and I´ve come to actually loving it a lot!
I always collected the freebies, but one day I received a message from a friend telling me that I should start doing scrap kits, that I was going to rock!!! so I thought that I should give it a try, of course I didn't know where to start, so I asked her for help, and she explained every detail & here I am, creating scrap kits
Oh Jiovannay, what a lovely friend you have! Wish I had one like that ....
@Jennica, yes she is after all, she introduced me to my addiction!!