One of my goals for this year was to create a digital scrapbook. It’s been two months so far and I wanted to report back on how it’s going.
It’s going awesome. I’ve really been enjoying this process – it’s a great chance to look back at my pictures, and a good chance to use some of the ones that aren’t “blog-worthy” or “facebook-worthy” but really just tell a great story.
How I started: I opened up Photoshop, created a new 8.5″ x 11″ page, and designed my first page. I decided I wanted to keep two things the same on every page, but other than that it was free game. The title is the same, and each page has a colored bar across the top and bottom.
The rules: There aren’t any rules. I use pictures from my digital camera, my phone, and instagram to tell the story of what’s been going on. If I miss a week, oh well, if I make more than one page another week, that’s okay too. Also, the fact that there’s no templates lets me decide how creative I’m feeling that week. That’s the fun of this, there’s no way to do it wrong.
Something I would do differently: Honestly, I just didn’t have enough motivation to do this right from the start. I should have figured out how I was going to print the book before I started this so that the template would be correct, but I’ve decided to give that problem to Future Ted.
Where my inspiration came from: I started reading CZ Design. She makes and sells digital scrapbooking pages. Her designs are so inspiring it reminded me of being in yearbook in high school. You should check out some of her pages here if you’re interested.
Have you ever done something like this before? Do you have any suggestions?