Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Digital Scrapbooking...Whew! QUITE the adventure! AND.....1st EVER Blog Candy!!!
Ok, so most of you know what a see-saw ride it's been for me regarding ALL things digital. If you don't, let me just start by saying that I'm a camera snob. So, when I was given my first 35mm Canon Rebel for my birthday a few years back in 2004 I swore it would be the only thing I'd EVER use.
Eh-hem...fast forward to present. Ok, so most of you know what a camera SNOB I am. If you didn't, you read the first paragraph of this entry and now know. So, needless to say, when i was given my first DIGITAL Canon Rebel XTi for Mother's Day this year, I swore it would be the only thing I'd EVER use.
I will admit that it's been a few months since I have owned this incredible toy and have yet to take it where I want to go, you know, that place, not too far off in the distance, called "The Land of Untapped Potential?" Ay-yi-yi. SOOO much it can do, sooo little time it's neglectful owner has had for it.
Anyway, stay tuned as I have now challenged myself, by sharing with you, my loyal readers, to learn more about this wonderful little giant of digital photography. I will definitely be back with tips and ideas. For now, I leave you with a few product suggestions as well as my VERY first digitally created scrapbooking page.
I purchased Memory Mixer on the recommendation of a few friends who have been scrapbooking digitally for much longer than I. It's a pretty cool program, easy to use, allows you to save and use purchased digital papers and embellishments (some of my faves are from Weeds & Wildflowers-check 'em out!), and other non-Memory Mixer items easily without compatibility issues. It also is extremely user friendly and runs with an affordable price tag (about $80 retail for the newest version).
Anyway, check them out. The other handy dandy little tool I played with was Photoshop Elements v.6 from Adobe. I am OBSESSED with photos that black and white out everything except for a focal point or two. My first order of business was to play with this feature, experimenting with "layers", "backgrounds", "brush tools", etc. Ok, SOOO far over my head at first, but I had figured it out within an hour or two. After all, frogs kinda HAVE to be green, right? My son was ECSTATIC when he saw this page. That made it all worth it.
What is your opinion on Digital vs. Traditional Scrapbooking. "Hybrid" scrapbooking? Leave a comment and you'll be automatically entered to win a FREE handmade Journal! (see top corner photo). Winners will be chosen by Random.org and announced on Friday, August 22nd in the evening. GOOD LUCK and thanks so much!