Scrapbooking?

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Scrapbooking?
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Thu, 11-17-2011 - 4:28pm

I'm never going to catch up on our pictures but I'd like to not get further behind so I've been going through the pictures from this year and trying to pick out what I want to have printed so when I have time I can work on getting them into a book.

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Thu, 12-01-2011 - 10:05am
I like it. We've had a few different versions of Photoshop Elements. I wasn't going to bother with version 10 (we were on version 7), but then I took a web seminar about two weeks ago and they talked about some of the differences. 10 can do a lot more, and they're features I'd definitely use. Like, it makes it really easy to remove unwanted things from a photo (extra people, for example). There's more, but that was the main thing that I wanted.

I haven't ever used GIMP, but I did download Paint.NET about a year ago. It seemed like a pretty powerful piece of software that was close to Photoshop. I didn't use it because I couldn't find much in the way of documentation or tutorials, where there are PSE books, videos, and blogs everywhere.
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Tue, 11-29-2011 - 2:25pm
How do you like Photoshop? Do you have to build the pages from scratch? Do you buy the papers and clip art separate? I have a scrapbooking program and it is nice in that it is like Shutterfly and it has page template that you can just drop your pictures in or you can use their papers and embellishments and build your own. But it is old and does not handle the new larger photo sizes well and the new version got bad reviews for crashing a lot... I downloaded GIMP which sounded similar to a Photoshop, just not as fancy but outside of letting it autocorrect my photos I think it is a little over my head with all the layering. I want to get my yearly calendar done for the grandparents but I either have to find a way to make the pictures files smaller without hurting the resolution or I'm going to have to be very patient.
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Tue, 11-29-2011 - 1:45pm
I've never used Mixbook before, but I've hard about them. I just got Photoshop Elements 10 and it came with a $20 GC to Shutterfly that expires at the end of December. I guess I should start making stuff! Or maybe printing photos.
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Fri, 11-25-2011 - 7:42am
Thanks, I'll have to check them out! I don't shop at Target very often but that is good to know.
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Thu, 11-24-2011 - 9:19am

I used to do a lot of scrapbooking, but haven't had the time or ambition to do so lately. I do know that often when I shop at Target, they give catalina coupons for shutterfly. I used them in making photo books for my niece and nephew when they came this summer. Also, mixbook is another photobook site. They might be slightly less expensive since they are less known.

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Tue, 11-22-2011 - 5:08pm
I've never actually finished a book! I started one for each of our big vacations but things just got busy over the summer and I haven't gotten the stuff back out. I'd like to do 1 (or 2) books for each year and then special occasions like trips in separate books. DH and I talked about it and I think I'm going to go through shutterfly and make the books digitally. I'm not into gluing and the traditional scrapbook stuff but I'd like something more than pictures in a photo album. I was looking and to use a digital scrapbook program and have the pages printed it was going to be over $1 a page and that is what shutterfly charges so not cheap but I can work on them as I find time and when they have specials I'll order them.
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Fri, 11-18-2011 - 5:29pm
I hear you! I don't think it's excessive. It's actually about what I'd probably have if I was doing traditional scrapbooking. I just started with digital scrapbooking. I'm still pretty new to it, but I'm doing an online class later tonight. I hope to pick up some tricks.

There was a scrapbook-a-thon at Ian's martial arts school last weekend. I was tempted to go, but it was $40 and it would make me want to get back into it. I can't let myself get into having papers, books, embellishments, and pictures all over the place again. I'm hoping the digital thing takes care of that part! It drove DH nuts.

How do you do your albums? One per year? Special occasion books?