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Contemporary Journaling


More than just dating photographs, contemporary journaling is often reflective and story-like, or can take on a more reportive tone. Whatever the style of journaling that the scrapbooker chooses to implement, journaling is considered a priority in the completion of a scrapbook layout, second only to the photographs themselves. The importance of journaling lies in the fact that they provide an accounting of family histories that may otherwise not be preserved. The advent of scanners, desktop publishing, page layout programs, and advanced printing options make it relatively easy to create professional-looking layouts in digital form.

The internet allows scrapbookers to self-publish their work, even if it is just for a readership of one. Scrapbooks that exist completely in digital image form are referred to as digital scrapbooks, or computer scrapbooks. While some people prefer the physicality of the actual artifacts they paste onto the pages of books, the digital scrapbooking hobby has grown in popularity in recent years. Some of the advantages include a greater diversity of materials, less environmental impact, cost savings, the ability to share finished pages more readily on the internet, and the use of image editing software to experiment with manipulating page elements in multiple ways without making permanent adjustments.

A traditional scrapbook layout may employ a background paper with a torn edge. While a physical page can only be torn once and never restored, a digital paper can be torn and untorn with ease, allowing the scrapbooker to try out different looks without wasting supplies. Furthermore, digital scrapbooking is not limited to digital storage and display. Many digital scrappers print their finished layouts to be stored in scrapbook albums. Others have books professionally printed in hard bound books to be saved as keepsakes.

Professional printing- and binding-services offer free software to create scrapbooks with professional layouts and individual layout capabilities. Because of the integrated design and order workflow, real hardcover bounded books can be produced cost effectively. Many digital scrapbook hobbyists employ kits, or collections of matching backgrounds and other coordinating elements. Those who create the kits are considered by scrapbookers as digital artists. Some of the more elaborate kits are available for purchase, while others can be downloaded for free. Many paper scrapbookers make their first foray into digital scrapbooking by printing out digital elements to use in their layouts. Journaling is the writing that describes, explains, or accents the photographs on a scrapbook page.

Many consider journaling one of the most important elements of any scrapbook. Although capturing cherished memories is the purpose of journaling, scrapbookers may have difficulty expressing themselves or dislike the results of their own journaling. Journaling is a personal choice and it can describe the event, the photographs, or relate feelings and emotions. Journaling may also include song lyrics, quotes, and poems.

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