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Top 10 Reasons to Love Digi Scrapping

Today I want to share my top ten reasons to love digi (digital) scrapping.  They are in no particular order and there could easily be ten more.

  1. I love making everyday moments into memories of a lifetime.
  2. There is not a bunch of supplies to drag out before I can start creating.
  3. There is no mess to clean up (except filing downloads on your computer).
  4. It’s green!  There is no waste and everything is recyclable.
  5. Kits and collections can be mixed and matched and used over and over again.
  6. I can do it anytime, anywhere.
  7. It’s so much better than photo albums because stories are recorded too.
  8. There is no tedious cutting and pasting.
  9. It’s easy to arrange, rearrange or start completely over if I don’t like a result.
  10. They make great gifts.  A gift that keeps on giving!

photo of gift

Put smiles on some faces this year and next.  Scrapbooks make wonderful gifts for any season. Individual pages are also great gifts.  There are so many different gift ideas such as prints (framed or unframed), posters, canvas prints, calendars, cups, blankets and pillows to name a few.

What are your top ten reasons for digi scrapping?

12 Reasons I Love Digital Scrapbooking

I’m sure there are many reasons why digital scrappers prefer digital scrapping over traditional. This list is not intended to be all-inclusive. These are just a few of the reasons I love digital.

Scrap Artist

1. All of my photos and supplies are easily accessible in one place.
2. They take up very little physical space, about the size of a laptop or desktop computer!
3. It’s easy to store duplicates (or triplicates) of photos & supplies in a safe place, on or off site.
4. When I want to get some scrapping done, I just pick up my laptop and get started.
5. When I’m ready for a break, I just save my work and close my laptop.
6. No messes to clean up.
7. Multi-tasking. I can scrap, chat on Facebook, check my email, find a perfect kit, purchase it & download it all at the same time.
8. There is a huge community of like minded people that are now my friends.
9. Supplies can be reused. It’s easy to add, delete, rotate or tweak layouts until you’re satisfied.
10. You’re making everyday moments into memories of a lifetime.  Preserve those memories!
11. Make one of a kind scrapbooks for yourself, your family and friends. They’ll be glad you did.
12. Have fun while exploring your creativity, learning new things and exercising your brain.

Passport to Creativity

That’s just 12 reasons I love digital scrapbooking. I could go on and on.  I’m sure you can identify with some or all of these and then some. Leave me a comment and tell me, what do you love most about digital scrapping.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter is indeed the best medicine.   How many times has your spirit been lifted when someone told you a funny or heartwarming story?  What about when a grand child comes to visit and their mere presence lights up your world?    Why are we drawn to that optimistic person that livens up the party with great jokes and funny anecdotes?  These stories, jokes and people make us feel better.  They’re good medicine!

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Even when someone is already feeling “pretty good”, laughter still makes them feel better!  So smile, be kind, offer words of encouragement, you may never know who needs a healthy dose of the best medicine.  And this medicine has no harmful side-effects.

The bible says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

Photo-less Layouts

What do you think about photo-less layouts?  I’ve heard people say they haven’t scrapped lately because they don’t have any great photos or they don’t feel inspired.  What about scrapping less than perfect photos or no photos at all?  Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part.

I think layouts without photos are another great way to record everyday life.  When you look at old photos from your parents, grandparents or even great great grandparents do you ever wonder what everyday life was like for them.  Do you wish you had more insight into their thoughts and dreams?  I know I do.

Here are a few ideas for layouts using something besides photos:

  • Inspirational or favorite quotes
  • Favorites lists (a great thing to do each birthday)
  • Funny things your kids say or do (out of the mouth of babes)
  • Facts about someplace you visited
  • Birth statistics
  • Invitations

If you think about yourself and some of the things you wish you knew about your ancestors or things you’d like future generations to remember about you & your immediate family it’s easy.

I love Dr. Seuss and I’ve passed that love down to my son & he’s passed it down to his kids. Dr. Seuss had some profound things to say.  Here’s a layout made with one of my favorite quotes.

Youer Than You quote

A page like this in a family album would bring smiles to some faces and open up conversations about how much we all loved Dr. Seuss.  Add Happy Birthday!  across the top & it would make a very cute birthday card.

Color Me Happy!

I am loving all the colorful kits coming out with the yellows, reds, oranges & blues, they just make me happy!  Fall and winter colors tend to be a bit depressing to me.  Then you’ve got the Valentines Day and St. Patrick’s Day drivel.  Sorry if I stepped on any toes but it would be nice if everyone didn’t jump on that band wagon.  But now it’s April, yay April!  Although there are, unfortunately, a lot of pastels for Easter there are also some gorgeous kits with yellows, reds, oranges & blues.  These colors make me very happy!

Color Me Happy!Kit used Happy Mess from Scrapyrus Designs.

 

Selfies-A Sad Reflection

Selfies are a sad reflection of our self absorbed society.  Selfies are everywhere!  I am astonished, annoyed and a little perplexed at the volume of selfies on Facebook and Instagram.  I have many friends that seem to have become obsessed with posting these pictures of themselves every day.  Sometimes multiple times a day!  There is either the head shot taken with their phone camera, smiling and looking up slightly or the full body mirror shot.  Give me a break!  You really haven’t changed much since yesterday or two hours ago for that matter.  It’s narcissism run amuck.

I posed this comment on Facebook, “Why do some peeps insist on posting selfies multiple times a day/week?  It’s annoying and just seems sad. I just don’t get it I guess.”

Here are a few of the responses to my question.  One friend said she posts them to “update pics” and “because I feel good. Why is that sad?”.  Then from a couple of friends that don’t post selfies I got these responses, “narcissism?”, and “They have to feel good on Facebook…. very sad indeed! Needing constant validation from people you don’t even know is not healthy.”

Look at Me

The first friend took offense at the anti selfie comments and said as much.  She then told me to feel free to hide her posts or delete her if her selfies annoy me.  It was a general question not directed at any particular person but this friend promptly deleted (unfriended) me!  How narcissistic is that?  That response proved the validity of the other comments.

Selfies are synonymous with narcissism which is defined as an inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; and vanity.  Like Narcissus, they’ve fallen in love with their own reflection.  While they may say their selfies demonstrate how secure they are or that they feel so good about themselves, it really shows their insecurity and a need for approval and admiration.  Too many selfies are just sad.  Please stop the insanity!  The majority of your friends will appreciate it.

Newsletters, Yay or Nay?

NewslettersNewsletters, yay or nay? I get tons of scrap related email and newsletters every day.  I love some and some drive me away screaming!  When I check my email inbox I’m often surprised at the sheer volume that have been delivered overnight.  This is what I’ve learned from this vast assortment.

They are not all created equal.  I don’t like to be bombarded with too much information in one newsletter.  Just keep it clean and interesting.  I don’t like newsletters that are pages and pages of ads!  Especially those ads that look like business cards two or three columns wide.  Stop!  That’s information overload!

I like freebies but many of my favorite newsletters don’t give freebies and it doesn’t matter.  No freebie is fine with me if the content is great.  If there is a freebie, I hope it’s good quality.  Nothing is more frustrating than making a layout and  paying to get it printed only to receive poor quality prints.

Some people believe they don’t have anything news worthy to say and it shows.  I don’t think all stores or designers have to have a newsletter but if you decide to do it, please do it right!  I’m sure it takes a lot of work to put together a good newsletter.  It probably takes quite a bit of work to put out a bad newsletter too.

All this to say, focus on doing the things you enjoy and that you’re good at.  If you’re not so great but you love it, then keep working at it.  Find a group of like minded ladies that will help, challenge and encourage you.  And have fun, you will get better fast!

Why Do You Scrapbook?

Why do you scrapbook?  A designer recently posted this question on her Facebook page.  I was never a big paper scrapper.  Actually I’ve only completed one paper scrapbook and I have an unfinished one but then I found digital scrapping and I’ve been hooked ever since.

I found digital scrapping out of necessity.  I wanted to make a “party favor” of sorts for all the family members that attended our first family reunion without spending a lot of money.  I had thought about making a Power Point presentation but that really wasn’t what I was looking for and making a paper scrapbook for everyone was just too expensive.  After doing some online research I found MyMemories Suite scrapbooking software.  It was perfect and so easy, there was a very small learning curve.

I was able to put together a lovely memory “book” for everyone which I set to music and burned to DVD.  It was really a family history of sorts.  The idea for a family reunion came about after my brother’s funeral.  Our family is spread across two states and the only time we’d all get together was for funerals!  The older generation were already passing, in the previous decade we’d lost my father and my older brother.

My son, niece and two nephews really worked at making all the plans for a reunion.  The cousins, as we call them, have really made an effort to keep in contact and remain close even though they’re separated by many miles.  So the DVD was much more than a reunion memory, it was a family heritage keepsake.  I collected old photos and tried to show highlights of ours lives as we grew up and had families of our own and they had families of their own too.  It brought back lovely memories and made everyone laugh and cry.

In the process, I became hooked on digital scrapping and found a community of people that share my love for scrapping.  We love our families and want to pass on some of our cherished memories.  We are our families memory keepers.

What about you?  Why do you scrapbook?

 

 

Sore Losers-A Sign of the Times?

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BatterSore losers; are they a sign of the times?  I believe so.  At least in the United States.  We are living in a time when being a loser is unacceptable.  We have all seen children, and adults, that quit or have a little temper fit if they are playing a game but not winning. They’ve never been taught to lose graciously. They are sore losers!

Today in children’s team sports everyone has to be a winner!  No strikes.  No outs.  In some cases, no score! There are no losers, they must all be winners and receive a trophy at the end of the season.  It is beyond ridiculous.

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Wake up people!  Children are adults of the future.  Parents are supposed to be preparing them to be responsible, contributing members of society.  If they are taught throughout their formative years that everything they do is awesome & given accolades for even mediocre efforts what will motivate them to improve?  They need to know that in the real world there are winners and there are losers.  There will be disappointments and they need to be prepared that they will lose some of the time.

As adults they’re going to discover they’ll be competing with others for jobs, promotions, relationships, etc.  How will they react when the object of their affection won’t give them a second look?  What about when the boss doesn’t make a big deal or reward them for simply doing the job they’re being paid to do?

I try to do my best in everything I do.  If I’m learning something new, I want honest feedback so I’ll know what I’m doing right and I can improve in areas needing improvement.  I don’t want false praise but I appreciate honest, tactful encouragement.  As a scrapper, I am grateful for tutorials & the helpful hints I’ve received along the way. They have helped me improve and I continue to learn new things all the time.

One of the things I’ve really enjoyed is being a scrapbook layout artist on several designers’ creative teams (CT’s).  None of the teams required long term commitments and most of the designers were very nice when I decided to leave the team until….  About five months ago I left a CT I’d been on for a long time.  Although it’s a volunteer position I wrestled with the decision for many days then my husband said, “What’s the big deal? You’re a volunteer!”.  When I told the designer I was moving on she acted fine, but then I noticed some odd things started happening.

We had a secret group on Facebook for the team.  I posted a note telling the other team members I’d enjoyed working with them but I was leaving to pursue other interests.  Only a couple of people got to see the post or reply before she banned me from the group!  A couple sent me private messages which I appreciated.

This designer had allowed me to design many items that were sold in her store and I was paid a commission.  I had given her a month notice and told her I’d promote the items I’d made until the end of the month.  In a few hours she responded by saying she had removed all of the items I’d designed.  I checked and found more than twenty still in the store. I decided to promote one a day for the rest of the month. It would be a win/win for us both.  I posted the first item but in less than an hour that item was deleted from the store.  I tried again with a couple of more items and the same thing happened!  So I just sent her a message with a list of all my designs that still needed to be deleted.  Now it’s lose/lose.  She lost a sale, I lost the commission.

Then I noticed in some other Facebook groups she no longer comments on any of my posts.  She used to act like I was the best thing since panty hose but now she totally ignores me.  And that is what made me think maybe she’s a victim of the current theory of child rearing that embraces “No Losers”.

Sore losers are rampant in our society now.  When you rear generations of “every one’s a winner, there are no losers” the result is adults that act like children.  They’re your BFF as long as you’re doing something for them but if that changes they hate you! Childish!  Instead of wishing you well in your new pursuits, like a mature adult; they pout and say if you don’t want to play with me I’m never going to play with you again, pfsst!  Grow up and quit acting like a sore loser.