THIS IS DIGITAL SCRAPBOOKING

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all sculpture images from Wikipedia

What is digital scrapbooking? That is a question I (Katie) get asked a lot when I mention that I’m a digi scrapper. That was the topic of the very first Paperclipping Digi Show podcast. It is something we try to answer every day here on The Daily Digi. It’s difficult to place an exact definition on something that is different for everyone. Digital scrapbooking also keeps evolving. That’s what makes it fun and interesting!

Basically speaking, digital scrapbooking is doing something with your photos and/or memories on a computer. Of course there are even exceptions to that definition as well.

How do you define something that has so many variations? It helps me if I think about in terms of other art forms. Take sculptures as an example – What is sculpting? In the most basic terms, a sculpture is a 3 dimensional work of art, but there is an vast array of techniques and artist interpretations that are all included as sculpting. Did the artist use clay, marble, cake, ice, or rock? Is it freestanding, or part of a wall? Big or little? Do those things matter for it to be qualified as a “sculpture”? Not really. Is a sculpture any less valid because it is made of found metal items rather than marble? It is still a sculpture.

Does it matter if our pages follow a certain formula? Must our layouts look a certain way to be qualified as a digital scrapbook page? (or even a scrapbook page in general?) One of my favorite things about being a part of The Daily Digi, is seeing how many different ways there are to scrap using digital tools. That is one of my favorite things about using The Digi Files each month as well – I have been able to try out different designers and styles to explore my own digital scrapbooking skills with a minimal investment. (The files are a huge collection of designer contributions for only $5 a month!)

I love that we can each have our own style when it comes to digi scrapping. We are also free to change that style as often as we want. There is no “right” or “wrong” – it is all good and creative. Sometimes, we as digital scrapbookers feel like we are sort of outcasts from the traditional scrapbooking world. There are those who don’t view what we do as “real” scrapbooking. We know just how wrong that categorization is. However, do we judge each other within the community as well? Are we prone to dismiss some forms of digital scrapbooking as not “real”? (This is a topic that was explored in episode 6 of the Paperclipping Digi Show podcast titled “Creatively Unstable”)

Rather than focusing on trying to define exactly WHAT digital scrapbooking is, I thought it would be fun to show you 20 different layouts from our flickr gallery and SHOW you all the things digital scrapbooking can be. I love every one of them!

(all images are linked for credits)

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by tettletop20

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by Amy Knutkowski

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by iamjacq

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by our neck of the woods

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by Holliewood Studios

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by slurpeegirl13

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by katiescrapbooklady

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by A.N.D.R.E.A.

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by Snap&Click

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by maybe*mej

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by Cinna1

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by crop-a-holic

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by knitinjen

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by stitchmich

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by Georgia Viscari

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by Didee’s Art Cupboard

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by Sharon S*

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by familybees (jenny)

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by Hazel Olive Designs

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by islandmomsteph

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20 different layouts with different styles, themes, materials, sizes, and subjects. I’m sure you will agree that no two pages are alike – they are as unique as the artists who create them. They are all digital scrapbooking, and they are all amazing!

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