Digital Scrapbooking

What do you need to create a scrapbook of your family's history? You start with photos, memorabilia and research, of course. Then you turn those memories into a scrapbook using paper, pens, adhesives, stamps and photo corners. But now some scrapbookers are trading their papers and punches for scanners and software. They're embracing the recent trend of e-scrapbooking—designing memory albums digitally rather than on paper.

E-scrapbooking presents family historians with a whole new realm of possibilities for preserving and displaying their heritage. When you see the beautiful results of e-scrapbooking endeavors—such as the ones in the December 2003 Family Tree Magazine—it's easy to understand why so many designers are going digital.

Jenna Robertson of Henderson, Nev., is one who switched: She'd been a traditional scrapper for years, collecting CDs of fonts. One day, she decided to try laying out her pages on her computer. "I liked the computer layouts so much that I have never gone back to paper scrapping," she saysRobertson's current project is a heritage album for her in-laws—she has 5x7-inch photographs of her pages professionally made and places them in photo albums for gift-giving.

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