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.
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