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How to archive
family photos...

How to Archive Family Photos is a practical how-to guide for organizing your growing digital photo collection, digitizing and preserving heirloom family photos, and sharing your treasured photos.


Digital Scrapbooking
for Dummies

This interactive reference explains the basics of this fast, versatile new hobby, giving you the lowdown on the equipment and programs you need to create beautiful pages. 


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digital scrapbooking

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Digital or traditional ?

Traditional and virtual Scrapbooking proceed out of the same idea to choose some photos and to emphasize them by an elaborated and well-kept layout. Both require the same creativity and the same care.

While in traditional scrapbooking, are used paper, http://mamiemiche.centerblog.netglue, inks, stamps and scissors .... In virtual scrapbooking, it is the computer (with a tool of picture lay-out) that does the same job: it uses images of documents, pictures, embellishments, ribbons and other virtual charms to produce the picture lay-out.

This is known as digital scrapbooking or digiscrap. Using a computer can multiply the creative possibilities of "scrapbooking" by the insertion and photo editing, adding filters and cutting original shapes ...

No need of complicated equipment, no need for bulky stock supplies ... everything is stored in the memory of your PC ! When a page is complete, you can print it, send it by mail ...

The charm of the manual exercise is over, because after printing, you can add all kinds of collages and perforations to give relief and "scrap"effects desired !

Scrapbooking Software

There are a dozen software strictly dedicated to scrapbooking: the greater part of them is in English language- thereby restraining their dissemination especially in France.

The true amateur of digital scrapbooking does not work with these too specialized apps ... we shall see in another page that they use.


The first software is free and functional assessment at this address.

With this software you can create documents of all styles compositions to show off your photos, jumble to frame family photos, personalized calendars, greeting cards, birthday, postcards or made by yourself annoucements of birth, marriage...

It is the software which will allow you to create scrapbooking pages in an easy way.

From a simple and intuitive, you can achieve in six steps, your virtual sheets of scrap.

To start, choose a "sketch", ie a page template from the 400 which are predefined and fully editable. Then you place your photos in the template, by reframing or enlarging them as you see fit.

Now comes the choice of colors and textures you can apply to template's background before puttingg to the décorative elements. There are also different photo frames (500 different shapes!).

You digiscrap2add your journaling, the finishing touches and you go to print. Finished! You can send your work via e-mail if you wish.

On Studio-Scrap site, you can buy digital scrapbooking kits that contain all the background and textures papers and embellishments you need or even download some free kits …

After evaluation, and if you decide to keep the software will cost between 30 and 50 € depending on whether you buy it for download directly to the publisher's website or on CD sent by mail.



Software very interesting for several reasons, not least by its low price and performance scrapbook1but for equipment that accompanies it.

The soft, is sold € 14.95, is presented in a special box that contains the CD Rom with his goodies.

In the box you will find here, with the CD, a brief record of employment, a pouch of 20 photo paper and sticker sheets for printing, 20 sheets of colored paper and a page of repositionable printed stickers.

The box even contains a pair of serrated scissors to decorate the edge of your pictures!


Installation and use are very simple, this programhas many built-in tools of digi-scrapbooking like : Punchers, frames, strips, stamps and brads ...

scrapbook2The "scrap" content is rich in thousands of page templates, album themes for ... birthdays, weddings, announcements of births, holidays, children, Feasts & occasions (Christmas, Easter, Halloween ...), family, sports & nature ..

Hundreds of original cut-outs for photos, hundreds of original fonts for your journaling, a multitude of images and documents to create. Itoffers also a direct import "scan" module for "remember" documents (movie tickets, theater program ...).

Last originality of the program: a built-in ink regulator to print with economy and reduce up to 75% the ink consumption.

In conclusion, this software is recommended : its value rates, rich content, its powerful features combined with its simplicity makes it an ideal program to start in digital scrapbooking.

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Here is a French software that can be found anumanthe site eptisoft at a low price of less than 10€ (approx 13$).

In the 2CD package is found one CD to install the software, and one another full of images and clips, user guide and samples of paper.

The installation proceeds without problems and you have to have a color printer of good quality.

You can use all the built-in templates in various themes and it's very simple... the seasons, festivals, major events ...

But the best thing is that you create your own templates using the wizard.

In a few clicks, you can choose the background of your lay-out, anuman2the photos you want and add the embellishments (labels, ribbons, brads ...) then your journaling writed with the different fonts available. Then you work your lay-out with pads, drills ... exactly the same way as in traditional scrapbooking.

After a few creations with this material, you are able to create your own page backgrounds (paper), your own labels, greeting cards ...

This software is powerful and has a good simplicity. Good ratio Value satisfactory price.


Ah! The following software in English ! This restricts flair1its distribution in France and it's a shame because the SCRAPBOOKFLAIR concept is very interesting in more ways because this is an international community dreaming about scrapbooking, scrapbooking thinking and living ! A group of enthusiastic foolish people ! No commercial recovery ... rare !

Let me say first that the software is FREE, all inclusive software (not a trial version) ! As everything around it.

You can download it HERE You can also dowload models of pages (design templates), assorted papers, background and embellishments.

If you want to save time to download the software and individual backgrounds, embellishements and templates, you can order a free CD with a large variety of graphics built into the software (150 MB).

For this you'll pay a very low postage fee (less than € 8 per CD in Europa, less than 5$ in USA).

The members gallery and exhibition pages is impressive of creativity and variety : thousands of pflair3ages classified under different themes.

This gallery is a fabulous reserve of ideas for your own pages. You can also download "Sketches" ie page templates.

It's a good idea to join the fun and get your own Scrapbook Flair Home Page and Digital Scrapbook Software - it's all free! You can create and share your scrapbooks in public or private and comment / vote for your favorites.

You can even download the latest Designer Collections for free!

The papers collection is impressive, whatever your appetite, you will hardly come to the end ! Also have a look HERE to the collection of embellishments ... also classified by themes : Great!

Finally, the general assessment is very positive: simple and powerful software, rich content, totally free of soft and associated goodies.

The website address is Keep it in your favorites : You'll still need to download one of their kits or model !

THE FREEBIES: where to download?

The Number 1 site in France: SCRAP-GRATUIT.FR where you scrapgratuitfind each week, hundreds of paper background packs, embellishments, and other models needed for your lay-out.

Each day you are offered new freebies from all around the world, available on the internet with direct links to their creator's site.

Similarly, if you want to share your creations (kits, elements, embellishments, templates ...) for Digital scrapbooking , please register and expose them to

flair1At the risk of repetition, do not forget to visit the excellent site SCRAPBOOKFLAIR wedescribed above. Quality and quantity are at there !


digitalscrapAnd .. if, like me, you love to surf and visit scrap-websites , a must ... DIGITALSCRAP .

In fact, a directory of sites and blogs digital scrapbooking freebies that distribute ... A gold mine for those who like navigate !