Sunday, April 19, 2015

Just Playing

I went through the scrapbooking supplies I have on hand and discovered that I am sorely lacking what I need to make a conventional decorative scrapbook album for my granddaughter's graduation.  Supplies are spendy.  I'm not so sure I care to put out a bunch of cash right now for a hobby, even if it is a gift.

I got to thinking that I had, at one time, a blog that consisted of family pictures featured in scrapbook pages that I made using graphics and my computer - digital scrapbooking.  I found that I still had those graphics saved on my external hard drive.  I wondered why I couldn't make the decorative pages using the graphics program I have and then either print them out myself or take them somewhere for printing.  Easy enough to do using an 8 x 8 background and printing to fit into a nice 8 x 8 album, sliding each page into protective sleeves I can get at the craft store.  And there is the advantage of being able to put the album pages on a DVD and make copies for anyone else who might like to have it.  Her mother, for instance.

So I spent last evening downloading some new graphics to add to my collection.  There are some digital scrapbook designers that offer a selection of freebies for the digital scrapbook enthusiast.  They are free to use as long as they are not used commercially.  I am doing this just for family, so no problem with copyright issues.

If you would care to see what these scrapbook pages look like, here is a link to my old blog.  I am amazed that it can still be accessed, as it hasn't been added to for several years.  I used it just for family pictures.

My methods and choices in graphics have, I hope, improved since then.  At any rate, today I am messing about with it all to see what I can come up with for the album.  It is a good day for it - cool and damp outside.  A good day to stay indoors and just play.


  1. I love the way you stay busy always moving around and doing something.

  2. Bona Fide...Thanks for stopping by and welcome. I guess I'm just not very good at bring idle. Especially now that I am retired and have officially attained geezer status, staying busy is important to me. I don't want to be one of those geezers who lives out the rest of their lives in front of a TV!

  3. Vicki. When my daughter was 31, she had a stroke. She and her husband lived with us while I worked on getting her left arm to work again. So, we knitted. CONSTANTLY. She had amnesia and I got buy making a scrapbook of her life, in photos. By the time I got done, I swore to NEVER put myself in that position again!! If you can do it digitally, think of the joy it will give, while giving you some peace of mind....and more time to can green beans.

  4. Dana...What a great gift for your daughter. Did it help at all with her memories? I hope so. I know that going through family pictures helps me recall so many of the good times. Or things that I have forgotten about.

    Yeah, I'm thinking that digital scrapbooking is the way to go. It takes computer time, but I already have tons of scrapbooking specific graphics saved on my hard drive and on a backup and I just found a bunch more that I downloaded - free. I have some physical scrapbooking supplies - lots of paper - but not much else. That stuff is EXPENSIVE! I think I can produce some nice pages to print out. Even if I do the printing myself, it won't cost near as much as the supplies. And it's fun!

    Hope all is well in your corner of the world. We are freezing our backsides off here.